Human Nutrition

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN262
CAO Points Range 2020: 531
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. A number of students also progress to postgraduate taught study each year with the MSc in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics programme at UCD a particularly popular option.

Building a healthy world is a core strategy for UCD and the internationally recognised research groups in food and health have resulted in substantially increased recruitment into 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
  • 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 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 applied to study Nutrition due to my fascination with food and health, and my desire to work with people. The small size of the course and the support from the lecturers meant I felt comfortable from the get-go. My favourite part of the course was my 10-month placement in CHI, at Crumlin. This allowed me to develop vital skills working alongside Dietitians. In conjunction with my studies, I became heavily involved in UCD Volunteers Overseas – an NGO and student society based in the college. This summer, I will travel to Uganda for the sixth time as a volunteer member of a nutrition team in a hospital, as well as a primary care clinic under the leadership of a dietitian. This opportunity has opened my eyes to the possibility of working for an NGO after graduation.”

– Leah Foyle, Student

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