Human Nutrition

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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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.

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

“My interest in studying Human Nutrition stemmed from my passion for health and wellness, and my fascination with how foods and nutrients impact the human body. Small class sizes along with being a member of the Nutrition Society helped me to make many friends. A highlight for me was when, as part of my public health nutrition module, I had the opportunity to work with Special Olympics Ireland where I provided nutrition advice to the athletes. This experience was helpful in narrowing my focus for future study and in preparing me for the professional world. I have really enjoyed my time at UCD, making the most of what the campus has to offer. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a strong interest in nutrition, food and health.”

Lea Sagot, Student

Contact Information

Professor Sharleen O’Reilly

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

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