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BSc Nutrition

University of Nottingham Malaysia
Semenyih, Selangor
What is Bioscience?
Rapid advances in technology and knowledge have a daily impact on our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the environment in which we live.

Biosciences at Nottingham encompasses a range of areas as diverse as genetic engineering of microorganisms and plants, environment and its protection; modern therapeutic applications in the medical and pharmaceutical field; the growth, development and reproduction of plants and animals; the production and preservation of agricultural and food commodities; food manufacture, nutrition and health.

How will I study?
Our degree programmes are all modular, which allows you a certain degree of flexibility to select modules that are of personal interest. Essential core modules have been specified for each degree programme – these ensure you have the core skills, knowledge and competencies required in your chosen discipline of Biotechnology or Nutrition. After the first year of study, you can select complementary modules that are of interest to you.

Coursework and exams will be used to assess your progress during and at the end of each semester. Most of your learning will be via lectures, which are supported by practical classes and tutorial sessions. You are encouraged and facilitated to become independent learners. Your personal tutor and the module convenors will guide you through the modules and assist with any difficulties you might face.

Career prospects
Our graduates are highly sought after and the majority secure employment or continue with further studies within six months of graduation. As a Biosciences graduate, you will find a range of opportunities such as research scientist, analyst, technician, project manager, consultant, educator and advocator in both the public and private sectors.

Your skills and knowledge can be applied in laboratories, hospitals, research organisations, agricultural and plantation companies, bio-production and manufacturing plants, the food and health industry, the development sector and many others. Our graduates have found employment with local and international companies including CCM chemicals, Danone, Dutch Lady, Johnson and Johnson, Pharmaniaga, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), Syngenta and Unilever.

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Course Summary



Course Fees (estimated)

RM 131,100

Course Duration

3 years

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A Level
BBC, including biology and chemistry, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

IB Diploma
28 points with 5, 5, 4 at Higher Level, including biology and chemistry.

B+B+B including biology and chemistry, excluding Pengajian Am

1 A and 4 B3s, including biology and chemistry, excluding Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language.

ATAR 82 including biology and chemistry.

Canadian Ontario Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
77% average based on 6 subjects including biology and chemistry. Consideration to be made based on relevant individual grades if specific subjects are required.

Canadian Secondary School Diplomas from other provinces are acceptable and to be assessed based on the University’s requirements

Advance Placement (AP) 
4, 4, 3, including AP Biology and AP Chemistry. Applicants taking non-preferred subjects may be made an offer across more than three subjects at Advanced Placement level.

Diploma - Other Institutions 
Acceptance to the second year is on a case by case basis (and at the discretion of the School) but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.3 (out of 4) or 70% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements of the programme.

Foundation - Other Institutions 
Acceptance is at the discretion of the School but normally would require an overall GPA of 3.0 (out of 4) or 65% and above (consideration to be made based on relevant subjects), and previous studies must meet the prerequisite requirements of the programme.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Foundation
Successful completion of the Foundation in Science programme.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, applicants must have credits
in mathematics, one science subject and one in any other subject at SPM/GCSE/ IGCSE/ High School Diploma or equivalent for an entry to Biotechnology. This requirement can be waived if applicants have obtained similar or equivalent grades at a higher level.

English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each element)
TOEFL (iBT): 79 (minimum 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking)
PTE (Academic): 65 (with no less than 59 in each element)
GCE A Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
GCE AS Level English Language or English Literature: grade C
SPM: grade B+
1119 (GCE O): grade C
GCSE O-Level: grade C
IGCSE (first language): grade C
IGCSE (second language): grade B
MUET: Band 4
UEC: grade B3
IB English A1 or A2 (Standard or Higher Level): 4 points
IB English B (Higher Level): 4 points
IB English B (Standard Level): 5 points
Malaysian – RM 43,700 per year
Non-Malaysian – RM 46,000 per year
BSc Nutrition
What we eat and how much we eat, has a profound effect on our health. Undernutrition and hunger are still prevalent in some parts of the world. However, in many other countries, the population suffers from ill health due to overconsumption of inappropriate foods. The diet we consume will influence the health of our offspring, our ability to participate fully in an active and productive life, the rate at which we age and the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

One of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is for a world free from hunger by 2030. This ambitious target can only be achieved by coordinated efforts and teamwork across a range of disciplines, one of which is nutrition.

In your first year, you will learn the basic principles of nutrition, biochemistry, food chemistry, food preparation and catering, diet and health, physiology and statistics. This strong foundation will be the basis for more indepth study of the key subjects of nutrition, metabolism and disease; the regulation of food intake through endocrine control; the impact of external factors on diet and food choices; an understanding and awareness of food safety and hygiene, global issues in nutrition; nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan and the molecular and clinical basis of nutrition in your second and third years of study. You will also acquire a range of practical, analytical and professional skills in nutritional assessment, communication and counselling, that are essential tools for a nutritionist.

During the second year, you have the opportunity to study at our UK campus for either one or two semesters. Not only does this opportunity broaden your outlook and contribute to your personal development, it introduces you to nutrition issues that predominate in the west. Our course also includes 6 months of compulsory industrial placement. This will take place in two three month blocks, in the summer semesters at the end of years 1 and 2. The placement is an essential requirement for registration as a nutritionist in Malaysia.

In your final year, you will plan and carry out a year-long research project under the guidance of one of our academic staff. The project allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of a food or nutrition-related topic, while developing a number of transferable skills. You will develop your ability to work independently, to use your initiative, manage your time effectively, collect and critically analyse data and to sharpen your writing and communication skills. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers and will help in your search for employment.

This course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) UK. Registration of our course with the Malaysian Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Act is in progress. After graduation you will be eligible to join the Association of Nutritionists’ Register as an Associate and use the ANutr qualification.

Year one
Typical core modules
  • Biochemistry: The Building Blocks of Life
  • Diet, Health and Lifestyle
  • Food and Catering
  • Food Materials and Ingredients
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Statistics for Biosciences

Year two
Typical core modules
  • Food Safety and Food Hygiene
  • Global Issues in Nutrition
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Disease
  • Nutritional Regulation, Physiology and Endocrinology
  • Personal and Professional Skills for Nutritionists
  • Practical Techniques in Human Nutrition
  • Principles of Immunology

Year three
Typical core modules
  • Changing Behaviour/Promoting Health
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • International Nutrition
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutrition and the Health of Populations
  • Undergraduate Research Project
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