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BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Health

Course Points
252 Points
Course Duration
4 Years
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
September 2024

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of positions in the areas of nutrition, food and health
  • Graduates can progress to become a Dietitian after completing this course, by undertaking postgraduate studies to obtain their dietetic qualification
  • Gain practical experience and make valuable connections within the industry through the professional work placement in the 3rd year of this course

Course Summary

The BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Health is a four-year level 8 course that examines the relationship between nutrition, food and health and the vital role they play in health promotion initiatives. It provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and training required to work as a nutritional or food scientist or in health promotion roles in community settings.

The B.Sc. (Hons) in Nutrition and Health will provide an approach to nutrition that is based on the founding principles of biology and biochemistry. It also links the impact of nutrition on physical performance and human health. Exploring the relationship between Nutrition and Health will provide greater understanding of the integration of these elements and the vital role they play in health and health promotion initiatives.

The primary aim of the course is to develop expertise in nutrition and apply this knowledge to the areas of health science, food and health promotion. Strategies and methods for the promotion of nutrition and health are explored and evaluated. This course blends the basic sciences, food science and specialist nutrition modules in order to provide the knowledge, skills and training required to work as a nutritionist, in health promotion, or as a food scientist.   

The course aligns with national and international policies to encourage people to live healthier lives and graduates will be well equipped to respond positively and implement changes in light of rapid global food, nutrition and health changes.

This course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, laboratory work, practicals and tutorials. This course contains a high level of hands-on experience at every level. We employ modern teaching methods and technology to promote active and engaged learning and develop transferable skills.

Graduates have excellent career prospects and opportunities for further study. Graduates have opportunities for employment in the following sectors:

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

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.

Please find information on fees and funding here:

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

Six Grades at O6 or H7 in Leaving Certificate

→ INCLUDING At least two H5 Grades
→ AND Mathematics Grade O6 or H7
→ AND Laboratory Science subject Grade O6 or H6
→ AND English Grade O6 or H7 OR Irish Grade O6 or H7

Northern Ireland/UK Entry Requirements:

In addition to the standard NI/UK entry requirements for Level 8 (Hons) Degree Courses, applicants must also meet the following specific requirement:

→ GCSE Pass in a Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) OR GCSE Grade CC in Double Award Science

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.

This placement is arranged through the dedicated Placement Office at DkIT and they are the central point of contact for the host organisation and provide a key role in supporting the students before and during the placement.

Dr Arjan van Rossum

Head of Department of Life and Health Sciences

Course ID DK888
CAO Round 1 Entry Points (2023) 252 Points
Course Type Undergraduate
Study Mode Full-Time
Level 8
Duration 4 Years
Starting Date September 2024
School School of Health & Science
Department Life and Health Sciences
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

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.