Preparing for your degree in Nutrition and Health | Department of Life Sciences

Written by Sue Reeves and Adele Costabile

You may want to start preparing and thinking about your degree in Nutrition and this blog will provide you with some ideas that are suitable for new and continuing students.  But don’t worry if you cannot find the time, we know lockdown has been difficult, these suggestions are all optional. We will ensure you have the right academic and tutorial support when we start back in September.

Popular Nutrition Books

We have asked some of the nutrition lecturers for their favourite popular books related to nutrition and they suggested:

  • Is Butter a Carb by Rosie Saunt and Helen West
  • Gene Eating by Dr Giles Yeo
  • GUT by Giulia Enders
  • The Truth about Fat by Anthony Warner (aka The Angry Chef)
  • Tin Can Cook by Jack Monroe

Academic Books

We recommend all the Nutrition Society Textbooks but a good first book to invest in is:

Lanham-New S, Hill TR, Gallagher A & Vorster HH (2019) Introduction to Human Nutrition. 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell.

If it’s been a while since you have done any chemistry you might like to have a look at this book:

Fisher J. and Arnold J. R. P. (2013) Chemistry for biologists. London: Garland Science.


Podcasts are also a great way of beginning to learn about the many nuances in nutrition:

Food for thought with Rhiannon Lambert: Rhiannon is a Registered Nutritionist and one of our alumni. Her evidence based advice and interviews with special guests are well worth a listen

In Bad Taste: Registered Nutritionist Pixie Turner and cardiothoracic surgeon Nikki Stamp provide their own unique critique of health documentaries and the dodgy / exaggerated claims that they often make

Don’t’ Salt My Game: Laura Thomas PhD RNutr is an Intuitive Eating Counsellor who sorts through the confusing eating advice with evidence based nutrition but also considers psychology and behavioural science

Nutrition Organisations

Our degree is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, so do have a look at their website:

The Nutrition Society is one of the largest learned societies for nutrition in the world and highly regarded. They also have student membership:

The British Nutrition Foundation is a good source of information and they organise many conferences and webinars:


When you arrive in September, don’t forget to check out Growhampton. There are lots of on-campus volunteering opportunities, growing and harvesting vegetables, feeding the chickens, cooking workshops or learn how to press your own apple juice. Then enjoy a coffee in the Hive our ethical and environmentally conscious café.

For more Nutrition updates follow us on twitter @NutritionRoe

Looking forward to seeing you in September!

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