BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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.
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
Third & Fourth Year
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.
You may be interested in the following blog post: Human Nutrition…What Next?.
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.
Graduates have found employment in:
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.
“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
Professor Sharleen O’Reilly
UCD Agriculture & Food Science Programme Office
Agriculture & Food Science Centre
Belfield, Dublin 4