Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health provides a broad, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science of health and disease.
You will have the opportunity to pursue this fascinating topic at undergraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences), postgraduate (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours), and research level (Master of Biomedical Sciences).
The BBiomedSc degree allows you to pursue a flexible programme of study that equips you with a comprehensive grounding in the principles and ideas that underpin current biomedical science.
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Why study Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health?
The key answer is because you are interested in, and motivated by, the science that will allow us to improve human health. Our Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health students have a reputation for excellence and are sought-after by a wide range of employers both here in New Zealand and overseas.
This major focuses on the biochemistry and metabolism of essential nutrients, including carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, with an emphasis on human health and disease across the lifecycle.
Topics covered include nutritional assessment, energy balance, and the role of nutrition in the development and treatment of chronic disease.
Your working life might begin with an innovative biotechnology company or with a more established company in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, or agricultural sectors.
Alternatively, you might be employed by a research institute, in a university, government agency or local authority and use the scientific skills you have learned during your studies to provide policy, technical, or diagnostic advice.
A significant number of our BBiomedSc graduates are also successful in obtaining PhD positions or gaining postgraduate entry into professional health programmes such as Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy.
Is the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree different from a Bachelor of Science (BSc)?
The BBiomedSc allows you to retain an interdisciplinary diversity across the biomedical subjects throughout your three years of study.
In the final year of a BSc, most students are required to take four 300-level papers in one discipline. In contrast, final-year BBiomedSc students select papers from more than one biomedical discipline to complete their degree.
Throughout your university studies, advice will be available to help you structure your programme of study.
How do I structure my BBiomedSc degree?
Most students enter the BBiomedSc programme having successfully completed Health Sciences First Year (HSFY), however it is also possible to complete the first year enrolled in Biomedical Sciences First Year (BSFY) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
The interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Sciences is the key feature of our degree, and we aim to ensure that you obtain a coherent programme of study by selecting one of our specific majors.
Postgraduate study in Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington
After completing a BBiomedSc majoring in Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health (or equivalent degree), you can choose to pursue research-focused postgraduate study.
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons)) is an eight-month postgraduate degree. With its focus on hands-on biomedical research, it is widely regarded as an excellent choice for students wishing to continue on to master’s or PhD study.
The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc) is a one year thesis-only postgraduate degree for students who have completed the BBiomedSc(Hons) or similar postgraduate programme. It provides excellent hands-on training as preparation either for work in biomedical research or for students wishing to continue on to PhD studies.
Both the BBiomedSc(Hons) and the MBiomedSc degrees can be undertaken at the Christchurch, Dunedin, or Wellington campuses.
Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages:
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc)
- Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Honours (BBiomedSc(Hons))
- Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBiomedSc)
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) majoring in Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health
|1st year|| |
BIOC 192 Foundations of Biochemistry
CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1
HUBS 192 Human Body Systems 2
36 further points
|2nd year|| |
BIOC 223 Cellular Biochemistry and Metabolism
HUNT 241 Fundamentals of Nutrients and Health
HUNT 243 Lifecycle Nutrition
At least 54 further points from ANAT 241, BIOC 221, GENE 221, GENE 222, HUNT 242, MICR 221, MICR 223, PATH 201, PHSL 232, PHSL 233
18 further points
Note: HUNT 141 is a prerequisite for HUNT 241-243 but can be taken as a co-requisite for HUNT 241
|3rd year|| |
BIOC 353 Molecular Basis of Health and Disease or HUNT 346 International Nutrition and Health
HUNT 342 Nutrition and Chronic Diseases
At least 36 further points from ANAT 331, ANAT 332, BIOC 352, BIOC 353, GENE 313, GENE 315, HUNT 343, HUNT 346, MICR 331, MICR 332, PATH 301, PATH 302, PHSL 343, PHSL 344, PHSL 345
36 further points
Key information for future students
Web otago.ac.nz/bms (School of Biomedical Sciences, Dunedin campus)
Web otago.ac.nz/christchurch (University of Otago, Christchurch)
Web otago.ac.nz/wellington (University of Otago, Wellington)