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Human Nutrition & Dietetics / Cothú an Duine & Diaitéitic


During this programme you will come in contact with food and applicants with a medically diagnosed food allergy (note: not a food intolerance) should be aware of this.

What is... Human Nutrition & Dietetics?

Students on this programme are registered in DIT and TCD. The programme is designed to provide an integrated training in the science of nutrition and dietetics and its applications to human health and wellbeing both at the individual and community level.

Nutrition is a branch of science devoted to the study of nutrients. It spans a broad-ranging area, overlapping with many other disciplines including biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, dietetics, medicine, communications and public health.

Dietitians apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology and social science to promote health, prevent disease and aid in the management of Illness.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Clinical Nutrition (hospital and community dietetics), Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition Industry (product development, marketing, consumer information), Education (second or third level), Research (public or private sector). The joint DIT/TCD BSc programme in human nutrition & dietetics is the only such degree programme in the Republic of Ireland.

Graduates are well placed to obtain employment in the public or private sectors as dietitians (or clinical nutritionists) in the hospitals or community care areas of Ireland or the UK.

With some further study towards licensing examinations, they may also find jobs in dietetics in the US, Australia or New Zealand. However, they are also equipped with the necessary skills to work effectively in the private sector; in food companies or in clinical nutrition product sales and marketing. Some students have chosen to pursue their academic careers in research or education.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who complete the BSc in Human Nurtition and Dietetics can undertake Mphil and PhD degrees in laboratory, clinical or community-based research. Graduates have also undertaken higher degrees in management, marketing, public relations or science communication. some have undertaken graduate programmes in medecine or the higher diploma in education. 

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The broad aim of this undergraduate programme is to produce graduates who are competent to practice at entry level as a dietitian or public health nutritionist or to work as a nutrition expert in the industrial and/or private sector. The modules studied on the programme will enable competence based on theoretical knowledge, the application of the core sciences to dietetics and human nutrition, the development of scientific and analytical skills and the integration of theory and practice to be developed. To ensure a capacity for evidence-based practice, emphasis will be placed on the development of problem solving skills, the ability to seek, review and critically evaluate and summarise scientific data and information and undertake research and development in Dietetics and Nutrition. Strong emphasis is placed on developing additional transferable skills such as computer literacy, interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work as part of a team and adaptability.

Useful additional information can be obtained from:

The Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (

The Nutrition Society ( )

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who complete the BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics can undertake MPhil and PhD degrees in laboratory, clinical or community-based research. Graduates have also undertaken higher degrees in management, marketing, public relations or science communication. Some have undertaken graduate programmes in medicine or the higher diploma in education.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Food Studies
  • Introduction to Professional Practice, Communications & Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Nutrition Through the Life Cycle
  • Nutrition Science
  • Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
  • Organ Systems Physiology
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Practice Placement

Special requirements for first year;

During year one of the programme you will be required to obtain the following items to complete the course work (approximate prices are included): Lab Coat, Safety Goggles and Manuals (€60), Hepatitis Vaccinations (€90), Immunity Testing (€20), Chef's Uniform & Shoes (€100) and Knife Set (€30)

Year Two

  • Professional Practice Studies
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Introduction to Dietetics
  • Nutrition Science
  • Control & Integrative Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Practice Placement

Year Three

  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Management
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Medicine & Therapeutics
  • Dietetics
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Applied Nutrition & Metabolism

Year Four

  • Practice Placement
  • Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Research Project 

Placement Based Studies;

Practice placements are a compulsory element of the programme. These placements are divided into three blocks in Year One, Year Two and Year Four and are undertaken throughout the country.

Each practice placement will be followed by a period of college based consolidation. Students are responsible for their own upkeep during these periods of practice placement since they are unpaid.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 4562


What our Students say!

Tara Raftery: The BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is a highly rewarding but challenging programme of study. The highlights for me were my practice placement and my undergraduate research project. Practice placement provides undergraduate students with an excellent opportunity to understand the role of the Dietitian and to establish core competences in hospital and community settings. Undertaking a research project provides an excellent platform into the field of research and proved to be an invaluable learning experience.

After graduation, I started my career as a Clinical Dietitian. The interest in research and skills developed as an undergraduate allowed me to incorporate small amounts of research into my clinical work. I have embarked on a full-time scholarship funded PhD in the area of Clinical Nutrition. I am very fortunate that the PhD enables me to merge both my clinical and research interests. Suffice to say since completing my CAO, and with the dedicated efforts of the lectur ers on this programme, I have not looked back.