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Nutraceuticals in Health & Nutrition / Nútraiceodaigh i Sláinte & Cothú


What is... Nutraceuticals in Health & Nutrition?

A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to designer foods, herbal products and processed foods such as cereals, soups and beverages which ultimately optimise health and nutrition.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

A successful graduate of this programme will be qualified to enter a rewarding career in the food, pharmaceutical and emerging nutraceutical industries. The development of either nutraceutical or functional food products designed for optimal nutrition is key for health promotion and disease prevention.

Graduates will be suitably qualified to participate in nutraceutical research, innovative food product development and allied areas in these industries where there is a current and future need for such skilled graduates in Ireland and the EU.

What other options do I have after completion?

Opportunities will exist for graduates to extend their education either through taught masters or research programmes leading to higher degrees which may open up greater career opportunities in this expanding area of Irish industry. Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of taught Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The mission of this programme is to educate students in a comprehensive range of disciplines including scientific, technological and product development areas in order to meet with the requirements of the nutraceutical and functional food industries. Our goal is to teach our students fundamental science as it is applied to nutraceutical systems and to show its application to the solution of problems in food related health and nutrition.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Applications
  • Industry Studies
  • Communications

Year Two

  • Nutrition
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Chemical Analysis
  • Microbiology
  • Food Processing
  • Statistics

Year Three

  • Nutraceutical Food Quality Control
  • Nutraceutical Product Development
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Health and Safety & Culinary Skills
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Nutraceutical Microbiology
  • Shelf-Life Management
  • Food Process Technology

Year Four

  • Advanced Nutraceutical/Food Microbiology & Biotechnology
  • Nutrition
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing & Regulatory Affairs
  • Functional Food Processing Aspects

Optional Module

  • Industrial Placement
  • Project

Are there study abroad options?

Students may have the opportunity to complete a semester, full year, project work or work placement abroad under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP)/ERASMUS mobility schemes or their equivalent in other countries. Mobility for study is permitted subject to an approved selection procedure and where a Bilateral Agreement between DIT and the Host Institution has been agreed.

Further Information

School of Food Science & Environmental Health

T: 01 402 7570 (Prof. Nissreen Abu-Ghannam, Programme Chair)



What our Students say!

“The DIT Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition degree offers an excellent foundation in subjects that have practical application and are easily transferable into industries such as microbiology, lifecycle nutrition, functional products, processing aspects, food safety and product development.  
I carried out my placement with Musgrave in the area of Quality and Food Safety and found it an inspiring introduction to the food industry. I am currently doing a PhD with Teagasc Food Research Centre in the area of elderly nutrition.”

“As R&D Manager with an Irish Food Company, it is paramount that I have the necessary knowledge in the areas of food preparation and processing, shelf-life management, nutrition, packaging and product development. The hands-on approach to learning, in the form of extensive laboratory sessions and industrial placement provided me with an insight into the real life working environment.”

“While the nutraceutical sector is rapidly evolving, this course incorporates various complementing modules which enhance the understanding of this new science. This course has provided me with the opportunity to study in Lund University Sweden for one year through the Erasmus programme. This invaluable experience ignited my hunger for international experience so I continued to carry out my final year project in Polytechnic University Valencia. Overall this course has opened my eyes and my mind. I will now carry out a PhD in the area of bioactive research.”