Health Sciences

A rewarding career bringing people a better quality of life, drawing on a firm grounding in science – that’s the simple and worthwhile goal of our health sciences courses. 

Why QMU?

We have two health science courses: BSc/ BSc (Hons) Nutrition and BSc/ BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing. These multidisciplinary courses focus on healthy living and prevention of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
The first year of the Nutrition course will ground students in the health sciences needed for a career in nutrition. Community-based public health and health promotion competencies are developed throughout both courses. You will get first hand experience of evaluating the impact of your knowledge and skills in placements off campus and in your final year research project.

Our approach to learning and teaching

Different people learn in different ways and so we have a range of teaching methods. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you’ll learn by working on group and individual projects, practical classes, web-based material and communication/IT workshops. You’ll be assessed through written assignments, individual and group presentations, laboratory and project reports, short tests and oral examinations. Overall, assessment is less exam-based in later years. As a graduate, you will need a professional development portfolio. We support you in building your portfolio by integrating this into course assessment. Practical learning is central to our health sciences courses. For example, visiting practitioners and service users help to bring the real-world learning experience into the classroom.

We use the campus sports centre, and indoor and outdoor practical classes to emulate settings in which you may find employment during and after your studies.

In the later years of these health science courses, less time will be spent in lectures and more on student-centred and student-driven approaches. You will also move from using textbooks as course materials to a more significant use of primary research, journal articles and government legislation and guideline documents.


You will be taught by lecturers and PhD students who are actively engaged with research and who publish in high impact academic and professional journals. Our aim is to ensure that our research findings link with your learning to keep this as up to date as possible. Understanding research helps to develop and enhance your critical thinking and clinical questioning, essential skills in the challenging health and social care practice of today.
All students studying on our health sciences courses have the opportunity to engage with the wide range of research being undertaken in several ways: eg as novice researchers during project work, being trial participants, or attending keynote lectures and seminars. Clinical research can only be undertaken in collaboration with frontline health and social care providers, and we have numerous collaborations with NHS boards in Scotland, private and social services, and internationally in Europe and further afield.

Career prospects

As a Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing graduate you can build a rewarding career in voluntary organisations, the NHS, charities, local authorities and the sports and leisure industries.

Our Nutrition degree can be a stepping stone to a future in public health nutrition, health promotion, health media, the food industry, nutrition therapy and in fitness and leisure.

You may also want to develop your expertise via a higher degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD) and may wish to consider our Advancing Practice in Health Framework of postgraduate courses.

Find out more information on how to apply for a course at QMU.