Industrial placements are a core part of the Nutrition BSc (Hons) course. Work experience alongside a nutritionist or food technologist offers students an opportunity to develop and apply their knowledge and skills in a professional setting.

The experience provides an invaluable insight into professional practice and clarifies students’ aspirations for their future career following completion and award of their degree.


All students on the BSc (Hons) Nutrition course in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at RGU undertake a minimum of 12 weeks placement in the nutrition industry in the 4th and final stage of their studies.

Placement locations

Professionally-qualified nutritionists work in a wide variety of settings and this is reflected in the nutrition placements offered to students at RGU.  Students can work in the food industry, government agencies, in the field of public health nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition research or education.  Every effort is made by the placement allocation team to match students with a placement appropriate to their interests and aspirations in the field of nutrition. Areas of potential placement can include:

  • Sports & Exercise Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutritional Science
  • Food Nutrition
  • Animal Nutrition

Placement providers

Placement providers have included Baxters, McPhie’s of Glenbervie, Asda/Walmart, the Co-op, the Food Standards Agency, the Scottish Food and Drink Federation, the British Nutrition Foundation, FITNUT, the NHS, the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, and many more. 

RGU Nutrition placements in the media

The Scottish Food and Drink Federation (SFDF) work with food and drink producers to assess various ways to make a positive difference in Scottish businesses and communities. Supporting RGU nutrition students in their undertaking of rich and diverse industry placements is one way the SFDF achieve their aims.

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