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BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Health

Improve human health through better nutrition
252 Points

CAO Code


Start Date

September 2024


4 Years

Work Placement


NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Science, Agriculture & Animal Health, Sport & Physical Activity

Course Type


Study Mode



On Campus

Course Overview

This course develops expertise in nutrition which can be applied to the areas of health science, food and health promotion. Students who are passionate about improving human health through better nutrition and disease prevention, will gain an excellent grounding in both scientific and applied health nutrition on this course. By addressing how diet, lifestyle and physical activity contribute to health, wellbeing and the prevention of major preventable diseases, students of this course will develop specialist skills to work as a nutritionist or a food scientist.

What makes this course different

Become a Dietitian

This course sets you on the road to becoming a professional dietitian, after completion of a suitable MSc Programme.

Work Placement

In 3rd year students undertake an industry work placement where they gain important contacts within the industry to help them in their future careers.

Understanding the Industry

As people are now aiming more at having a healthy lifestyle and making conscious food choices; nutrition as an industry is growing rapidly. While Ireland and most of the developed world are experiencing the longest lifespans of their populations, they’re also experiencing the highest levels of chronic diseases. Diet and lifestyle are two of the key factors that drive these diseases, making it more crucial than ever for people to maintain a well-balanced diet and a good exercise routine for optimal health.

Career Opportunities

Future Careers:

  • Nutritionist - Clinical / Sports / Health / Food
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Safety / Food Regulation
  • Health Promotion Practitioners
  • Community Food & Nutrition Workers
  • International Food Organizations
  • Nutrition Education and Research
  • Dietician (after completion of a suitable MSc Programme)

Course Delivery and Modules

  • Year 1

    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Cell & Molecular Biology
    • Engaging with Scholarship
    • Introduction to the Food Industry
    • Introduction to Nutritional Biochemistry
    • Communication & Professional Skills
    • Nutrient Metabolism
    • Practical Microbiology
    • Understanding Health and Illness
  • Year 2

    • Assessment of Nutritional Status
    • Metabolism & Physical Activity
    • Nutritional Immunology
    • Nutrition through the Lifecycle
    • Research Methods and Evaluation
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
    • Collecting & Analysing Data
    • Compositional Food Analysis
    • Health Psychology & Behaviour Change
    • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Year 3

    • Work Placement
    • Clinical Nutrition
    • Food & Health Policy and Legislation
    • Food Innovation
    • Professional Development for Nutritionists
    • Public Health Nutrition
  • Year 4

    • Advanced Nutritional Coaching
    • Gut Health and the Microbiome
    • Positive Ageing
    • Leadership & Innovative Management
    • Research Project
    • Applied Metabolism & Obesity Management
    • Global Issues in Food & Health
    • Performance Nutrition, Health and Practice

Work Placement

With more employers requiring experience and academic success, work placement is a highly valued component of the student experience at DkIT.

There is a semester-long work placement included in 3rd year of this course. Placement takes place in a suitable nutrition, food or health-related setting. Students will become active members of a multidisciplinary team and learn from experience through supervised practice. Experiential learning in this way provides an opportunity for students to engage in reflective practice and enrich personal and professional development.

Education Progression

Graduates will be eligible to apply for taught postgraduate Level 9 programmes in related areas such as Nutrition, Health Promotion or Dietetics or postgraduate research programmes at Level 9 or 10.

Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Entry Requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements below, a Laboratory Science subject at Grade O6 or H6 is also required. Applicants from NI/UK require a GCSE pass in a Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science.

Recent CAO Points

2023 CAO Round 1 Points


How To Apply

Apply on CAO

All standard entry first-year applicants must apply for entry through the CAO. See Important application dates for CAO and information for specific applicant types below:

CAO Code: DK888
Apply on CAO

International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Health please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Dr Edel Healy

Head of School of Health & Science


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).