St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's provides the valuable opportunity for students by ensuring all modules have a specific nutrition focus. Biochemistry, Physiology and Public Health are all nutrition orientated. The programme offers the opportunity for you to develop the professional competencies and skills required for the application of nutritional science in a number of fields. Previous graduates have taken up roles with government and non'governmental organisations engaged in the health agenda, in nutritional research, the media, with elite sports teams and the food industry. The Psychology Degree at St Mary's provides a BPS accredited route. Graduation through the accredited route confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society (provided the minimum qualification of second class honours is achieved). St Mary's also provide non'accredited routes, which may be of particular interest to students wishing to read for a Joint Honours Degree. The staff are research active and their work covers areas such as the psychological effects of brain damage, attentional biases associated with anxiety, intergenerational relationships within the family context, and factors and perceptions in social inequality.

Course Modules

Nutrition Level 1: the first year is foundational and provides students with the broad underpinning and grounding required to further their studies in specialist areas of nutrition; students are introduced to important concepts in nutrition and ascertain the sources, functions and requirements for energy and all essential nutrients; introductory physiology and biochemistry will provide students with knowledge of the structure, function and metabolic processes of the body and how nutrition supports its healthy function; the important areas of ICT and data handling skills will also be introduced; single honours students will additionally be introduced to food science, health promotion and will begin to explore some of the professional skills such as reflective practice and ethics that are important in this field. Level 2: In the second year students build on the foundation knowledge provided in year one and explore the factors affecting food choice, the determination of nutritional requirements, the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle and the links between nutrition, health and disease. Level 3: focuses on advanced and applied topics; examples of modules offered include: clinical nutrition; sports nutrition; functional and novel foods; tackling cardiovascular disease; obesity and metabolic syndrome; and public health nutrition. Psychology Level 1: the focus of level 1 is on understanding how a contemporary psychologist, as opposed to the psychologist portrayed in the media, thinks about and investigates central questions of interest; students begin to develop an understanding of the different perspectives followed in psychology, and how these guide our investigations and explanations of human behaviour and mental processes. Modules include: introduction to psychology; abnormal psychology; issues in psychology; research methods and statistics I. Level 2: The theme for level 2 is 'evaluating psychology'; students build on the skills and knowledge they developed during level 1; the modules taken will include: research methods and statistics II; practical psychology laboratory; memory; social psychology; child development; health psychology; psychology of education; contemporary issues; psychology of ageing; work experience. Level 3: The theme of level 3 is 'limitations of psychology'; students are now considering the perspectives and themes that have been introduced at an advanced level, and in considerable depth; students are beginning to question the limits of our knowledge and understanding, and show an appreciation for the temporary nature of scientific knowledge; students are advancing their understanding of the relationship between empirical evidence and theory; in particular, how empirical evidence supports and constrains theories, and how theories guide the collection and interpretation of empirical data; modules include: independent study (determined by the route and pathway followed, but students take one of the following in psychology: empirical project, psychological review or work experience); directed study (compulsory for equalling students); eyewitness testimony; applied child psychology; political psychology; human relationships; neuropsychology of emotion; consciousness; individual differences; psychobiology; thinking and language; perception and attention; positive psychology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) DD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
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