Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

  • NFQ Level 7
  • Points Required 280*
  • Course Code AU862 (was SG434)
  • Award Ordinary Bachelor Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

The BSc Human Nutrition 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 course blends the basic sciences, food science, physiology, biochemistry, psychology, and specialist nutrition modules in a unique and interesting way that gives students the knowledge, skills and training required to work as a nutritional or food scientist.   


In year one students will cover basic sciences including human biology and chemistry, along with modules on mathematics and information technology. Study of nutrition and the foundations of health promotion introduce students to the course’s core subject matter.


In year two students will study more detailed courses in Human Nutrition. This includes Explores Nutritional Biochemistry, Health Psychology, and Nutrition through the life stages and various modules related to the science of food. Students will also be given the opportunity to undertake the HSE Making Every Contact Count training programme as part of the Behavioural Interventions module. 


In year three, as the programme continues the emphasis is on a range of specialised nutrition subjects, including Advanced Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Sports and Exercise Nutrition, and Clinical Nutrition.


Students 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 learned in college to practical situations.  

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

Career Opportunities

The career paths available to graduates of our Nutrition course are quite broad. The course has been carefully designed to ensure that graduates attain a number of varied skills and competencies across a range of disciplines and sectors.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Microbiology, New Product Development within food industry. They have also gained employment with public health organisations and within the community setting working on lifestyle interventions.

Further Study

Students can go on to complete a final one-year add on in Human Nutrition to graduate with a BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition Degree.

Graduates from the level 8 Human Nutrition may go on to further study in areas such as public health, dietetics, human nutrition or postgraduate research degrees in related disciplines. A number of our students undertake this course as a pathway to dietetics. Several graduates from this course have gained entry onto the MSc in Dietetics in the University of Limerick, Ulster University, or the University of Manchester in the UK.

The Department of Health and Nutritional Science at ATU Sligo offers a masters programmes in Public Health Nutrition and Sports and Exercise Nutrition.  

Did you know?

All students that complete the level 7 will automatically gain a place on the level 8 add on in Human Nutrition. 97% of the graduates from the level 7 currently go on to complete the level 8. The first 3 years of the level 7 and level 8 are the same.