Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Human Nutrition

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 356*
  • Course Code SG443
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary

The BSc Human Nutrition Hons combines a number of scientific disciplines to provide a thorough understanding of the role of diet and nutrition in health and in the prevention of major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. The course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between diet and health and you will learn how to apply this knowledge to individual and population health, as well as providing safe and nutritious food to the consumer. 



This programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN, AC289).


This course blends basic sciences, food science, physiology, biochemistry, psychology and specialist nutrition modules in a unique and interesting way to give you the knowledge, skills and training you need to work as a nutritional or food scientist. 


In the first year you will cover all the basic sciences to provide a broad foundation. In Second and Third year you will become more specialised and study more detailed courses in Human Nutrition. Students will also be given the opportunity to undertake the HSE Making Every Contact Count training programme in year 2 as part of the Behavioural Interventions module. In the Fourth year of the programme you will specialise in specific areas of Human Nutrition, undertake a 10-week research project and complete a 16-week placement (February to May) in Ireland or abroad. Students are placed in food-related industries, academia, with health promotion and public health agencies, in hospitals and with sports nutritionists. The placement will significantly enhance your prospects for future employment and career development. 


You will gain invaluable experience and acquire or improve key transferable skills such as teamwork, decision-making, presentation and organisational skills, as well as building communications, management and initiative skills. You will also foster a deeper understanding of food and nutrition by applying the theory you have learnt college to practical situations.  


Many of our students go on to specialise in specific areas of nutrition by undertaking masters programmes and additional study in areas such as public health nutrition, health promotion, sports nutrition and dietetics.  


Please note that, while the course does not qualify you to work as a dietician on graduation, many of our graduates go on to pursue two-year postgraduate courses in Dietetics in Ireland and the UK.  


Entry Requirements

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Career Opportunities

This course blends basic sciences, food science, physiology, biochemistry, psychology and specialist nutrition modules in a unique and interesting way to give you the knowledge, skills and training you need to work as a nutrition or food scientist. Previous graduates have gone on to work in quality assurance, quality control, marketing roles and graduate programmes within food industry. They have also gained employment with public health organisations and within the community setting working on lifestyle interventions. Graduates have also progressed to further study in areas such as public health, health promotion, sport and exercise nutrition and dietetics.

Further Study

Graduates may go on to further study in areas such as public health, dietetics, human nutrition or postgraduate research degrees in related disciplines. The Department of Health and Nutritional Science currently offer master’s programmes in Public Health Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Nutrition.  


“The course provided me with the opportunity of building a strong knowledge base and competency in food science and nutrition. This was through my exposure to nutrition and health related modules that are current and relevant and are being continuously adapted to meet the needs of both students and the industry. Theory is complimented with practical at all stages offering the unique opportunity to apply lecture material and receive feedback to support personal growth and development of skills necessary for entering the workforce in a fast-growing industry”.  


Christine Houlihan 

BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition 2019    



“During the four years of Human nutrition course I developed several skills that will be of benefit in the workplace. This course gave me the opportunity to complete a clinical research project on anorexia nervosa in Sligo university hospital, in addition I was able to obtain a clinical placement in my final semester and here the knowledge and skills that were developed during the course were put into practice, including the clinical nutrition, public health nutrition and advanced nutrition modules. These experiences were invaluable and enabled me to obtain a postgraduate place studying Dietetics. This course covers all areas of nutrition and food including industry, clinical and marketing aspects of nutrition preparing you for whatever area you choose to pursue in the future”. 


Ciara O’Meara 

BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition 2018 

Went on to complete MSc Dietetics in University of Limerick 

Currently employed as a community dietitian

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