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Human Nutrition is one of the most important determinants of individual and public health. It is a rapidly evolving science that requires skilled personnel to progress our knowledge of why and how nutrition can influence health. The BSc Human Nutrition programme is aimed at students who wish to obtain an education in nutrition science and the role of nutrition in human health. This accredited programme provides students with the core knowledge and skills to understand detailed nutrient metabolism and how this influences health and disease. In addition, it draws on key facets of public health nutrition, clinical nutrition and nutrition communication to enable students to devise dietary advice based on current scientific evidence and to communicate nutrition science to different audiences both in written language and verbally. We value our students as active, motivated, autonomous learners and to think critically in terms of nutrition and its translation in health and disease. We aim to provide learning environments that will integrate teaching, research, assessment and learning, individually and through group activities so as to develop leadership, critical and reflective practice, effective communication and inquiry skills. The diversity of learning environments and methods ensures that students have a stimulating learning experience. As a result, a multifaceted learning approach is employed incorporating a diverse range of teaching and assessment methods, such as case studies, group work, project work and professional work placements. Throughout all levels, we draw heavily on research-teaching linkages, giving students access to cutting edge knowledge.
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 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.
UCD Agriculture and Food Science Programme Office,
Agriculture and Food Science Centre,
Tel: +353 1 716 7194
In addition to 55 credits of core and option modules, students must take an elective module amounting to 5 credits.
In addition to the 50 credits of core modules, students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits.
Students must take HNUT30170 (60 credits)
In addition to 50 credits of core modules students must take elective modules amounting to 10 credits.
|Module ID||Module Title||Trimester||Credits|
|HNUT10020||Human Nutrition I - Understanding Nutrition||Autumn||5|
|MATH10230||Mathematics for Agriculture I||Autumn||5|
|PATH10020||Basic Principles of Cell Biolo||Autumn||5|
|BIOL10110||Cell Biology & Genetics||Spring||5|
|CHEM10010||Introduction to the Chemistry of Biomolecules||Spring||5|
|HNUT10030||Physiology for Nutrition||Spring||5|
|MATH10240||Mathematics for Agriculture II||Spring||5|
|PHYC10190||Aspects of Physics for Ag. Sci||Spring||5|
|CHEM10040||The Molecular World||Autumn||5|
|FDSC10010||Food Diet and Health||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|HNUT20020||Nutrition and Health||Autumn||5|
|HNUT20070||Population Nutrition Research||Autumn||5|
|STAT10050||Practical Statistics||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|BMOL30020||Molecular basis of disease||Spring||5|
|FDSC20020||Nutritional Energy Metabolism||Spring||5|
|FDSC20030||Basic Food Analysis||Spring||5|
|HNUT20060||Human Nutrition II - Nutrients in Life Stages||Spring||5|
|HNUT20080||Laboratory Nutrition Research||Spring||5|
|RDEV20140||Health, Welfare & Safety in Agriculture||Spring||5|
|FDSC20240||Professional Skills Developmen||Autumn||5|
|SMGT20250||Psychology of Sport and Health 1||Autumn||5|
|FDSC20110||Food Diet and Health II - Making Healthy Food Choices||Autumn and Spring (separate)||5|
|HNUT30170||Professional Work Experience||Year-long (12 months)||60|
|PHPS40700||Project (Human Nutrition)||2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)||15|
|PHPS40610||Risk Analysis in Food Safety||Autumn||5|
|PHPS40740||Public Health Nutrition||Autumn||5|
|PHPS40670||Nutrition & Communication||Spring||5|
|FDSC30040||Food Chemistry I||Autumn||5|
|PERS30010||Appl Nutr Health Ex & Sp Perf||Spring||5|
|Programme||Module Weightings||Rule Description||Description|
|BHLSC005||Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 2 - 30.00%
|Standard Honours Award||First Class Honours||
|Second Class Honours, Grade 1||
|Second Class Honours, Grade 2||