Human Nutrition

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

Nutrition is the interaction between food and our health and is becoming increasingly important in our society. The Human Nutrition programme in UCD provides a comprehensive education in nutritional sciences, from biochemistry to molecular and public health nutrition, nutrition communication and food regulatory affairs.

You will gain knowledge of biological systems and their application to human nutrition, allowing you to apply your skills in a variety of areas in the food and health industry. Join us at UCD, where building a healthy world is a core strategy and our internationally recognised strength in food, nutrition, and health research sets us apart.


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.

Course Pathways
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
  • Physiology for Nutrition
  • 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-trimester written examinations and continuous assessment is used. In third and fourth year, you’ll complete comprehensive research projects.

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

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You may be interested in the following blog post: Human Nutrition…What Next?.

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.

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. A number of students also progress to postgraduate taught study each year with the MSc in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics programme at UCD.

Building a healthy world is one of UCD’s core strategies and many of our graduates have been recruited into PhD and MSc related research posts due to our internationally recognised strength in food, nutrition and health research.

Other Entry Routes

“With a passion for food, health and sport I wanted to learn more about the importance of nutrition not just in everyday life but in performance. UCD is a friendly and welcoming environment, with many opportunities to make friends through clubs and societies. I completed my professional work experience at the National Maternity Hospital where I was involved in a number of research studies, allowing me to develop my nutrition, research and communication skills. My PWE and studies have equipped me with a comprehensive skillset that I can carry through to the professional working world. I would highly recommend this course.”

Emma Hokey, Graduate

Contact Information

Professor Breige McNulty

UCD Agriculture & Food Science Programme Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4

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