Human Nutrition

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN262
CAO Points Range 2019: 495
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 33

Leaving Certificate:

O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject and two other recognised subjects

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Why is this course for me?

Nutrition – the interaction between food and health – is becoming increasingly important in society. This degree covers many aspects of nutritional sciences, from biochemistry to molecular and public health nutrition, and also includes topics such as nutrition communication and food regulatory affairs. Upon graduating you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to many different areas of the food and health industry.


The UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science is the first destination of choice for students in Ireland interested in developing their careers in Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in:

  • The food industry
  • Nutrition research
  • Health promotion

You can also train as a public health nutritionist through further study and/or applied practice. Food and health have been identified as strategically significant in UCD. As such, development of internationally recognised research groups in food and health in UCD has resulted in a substantial increase in recruitment of PhD and MSc (Research) posts.


What Will I Study

The early years focus on core sciences and general food and health modules, which build your knowledge of biological systems and their application to human nutrition. After significant Professional Work Experience (PWE), final year focuses on specific areas of human nutrition

First & Second Year

  • Core material (chemistry, biology, nutritional biochemistry)
  • Nutrients & the Role of Nutrition in Lifestages
  • Nutrition Research modules

Third & Fourth Year

  • Ten-month PWE
  • Molecular, Public Health & Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition & Communication
  • Food Regulation
  • Research Project

Students spend an average of 40 hours a week attending lectures and tutorials and participating in laboratory workshops, and undertake independent study.

A combination of end-of-semester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In third and fourth year, you’ll complete comprehensive research projects.

The Human Nutrition Programme at UCD is accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

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International Study Opportunities

A 10-month Professional Work Experience (PWE) programme allows you to graduate with the skills necessary to enter the working world.

Opportunities for international study exist through the PWE component and, upon graduation, through world-class research groups in international universities.


“I chose to study Human Nutrition at UCD as it was the perfect way to combine a passion for food with my favourite subjects from school – Chemistry and Biology. The lecturers in UCD are at the forefront of research in this field. The highlight of my degree was my PWE where I undertook a 10 month internship with the US Department of Agriculture in their research centre on the University of California, Davis campus. This gave me the opportunity to learn from world renowned research scientists while experiencing student life on an American college campus. Next year, I will continue my studies at UCD with an MSc in Food Business Strategy at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.”

Rachel Lowry Student

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