King’s College London

Our Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated BSc course will provide you with insights and expertise in the major scientific areas relating to complex human nutrition and metabolism. The course covers subjects relating to the principal areas of applied and clinical nutrition, providing a scientific grounding in preparation for an extended research project.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.


Nutrition is concerned with the modification of diet and lifestyle from conception through to old age, with the aim of disease prevention and management.

Based in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated BSc course will give you access to world-class laboratory research facilities, including mass spectrometry, stable isotope techniques and a state-of-the-art genomic centre.

The Human Nutrition & Metabolism Intercalated iBSc degree is a one-year study course that comprises modules totalling 120 credits, and which includes the unique opportunity to run your human intervention study using our specially designed Metabolic Research Unit. Patient studies are also carried out in the new Clinical Research Facility located at St Thomas’ Hospital.

You can focus on the most important aspects of nutrition including:

  • Biochemical basis of vitamin action.
  • How different lipids affect both cell membranes or whole arteries and their function.
  • What iron intake or deficiency does to cells.
  • How the gut absorbs nutrients/metabolites and interacts with its ‘microbiome’, what nutrients affect absorption.
  • Whether and how foods or alcohol turn particular genes and their products on or off, or how best to feed sick patients.

The research projects are an essential component of the course and take the form of a clinical, experimental, data analysis or questionnaire project supervised by a member of staff from the Department of Nutritional Sciences. A wide choice of potential research projects is available reflecting the groups within the faculty, including Diet and Cardiovascular Health, Diet and Gastrointestinal Health and Mineral Metabolism.

Some of the research projects go on to be presented at national and international conferences or contribute to research papers. Recently, a student on this course won the prestigious national ‘Student of the Year’ award for her project on the impact of folate status on gene expression and also won first prize at a European meeting.

Entry requirements

External students must have first time passes for years 1 and 2 and all SSCs.

Closing date

4 March