Nutrition and Health Science (BSc Honours degree)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
At least two Leaving Certificate subjects at Grade C3 minimum (Higher Level), together with a further four subjects at Grade D3 minimum (Ordinary or Higher Level). The six subjects must include Mathematics, and English or Irish.
Work placement is a mandatory part of this course. In year 3 students will spend a minimum of 16 weeks in a local, national or internationally approved work environment.
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Helpful subjects are Biology and Chemistry.
This course is designed to meet the need for technically competent managers, analysts and officers in the design, development, production, upgrading of products which are ingested, injected, implanted, inhaled, inserted or topically applied to the bodies of humans or animals for the maintenance, restoration and promotion of their health and well-being.
This course is an excellent platform for further studies, both in terms of short add on courses, and more structured post graduate degrees such as Master of Science and PhD programmes.
What is Nutrition & Health Science?
This course is designed to meet the need for technically competent managers, analysts and officers in the design, development, production, and upgrading of products which are ingested, injected, implanted, inhaled, inserted or topically applied to the bodies of humans or animals for the maintenance, restoration and promotion of their health and wellbeing
About the Course
First and second year modules provide the student with a strong foundation in nutrition as well as other biological science modules such as cells, microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and science of food and health.
Third and fourth year cover more specialised topics such as food and healthcare chemistry, toxicology and microbiology, clinical nutrition and population health, health products regulation, biomanufacturing and food processes as well as food innovation. The lectures are supplemented with relevant case studies, projects, assignments and there is a strong focus on gaining in depth practical experience in the laboratory.
The work placement module is an integral and essential part of the course programme in which the student is introduced to a structured work environment. The student develops an understanding of the organisation, practices and procedures current in the organisation and the area of activity in which it is involved. Work placement takes place in Year 3 for a minimum of 16 weeks.
This course is an excellent platform for further studies, both in terms of short add-on courses, and more structured post graduate degrees such as Master of Science and PhD programmes.
Can I become a Dietician from CR 333?
Completion of the BSc (Honours) in Nutrition & Health Science does not qualify the graduate to practice as a Dietician. However, graduates of the course CR 333 can undertake further studies in other third-level institutes to pursue a career as a Dietician.
What personal skills are most suited to the course and subsequent careers?
Individuals pursuing a career in Nutrition & Health Science should be dedicated, logical, analytically minded, good with people, a team player, have good attention to detail and excellent organisational skills.
For detailed information on the modules for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition & Health Science, please click here.
It is envisaged that a graduate of this course will be employed in any sector of the Food/Nutraceutical or Healthcare Industries. Areas such as: management, development, production, quality assurance or marketing of products and/or services for the Food, Nutrition, Medical Devices, Cosmetic, Pharmaceutical, Animal feed and Veterinary Care sectors.
In addition, there are employment opportunities within governmental agencies responsible for food. Nutrition & Health Science Degree graduates have many opportunities to engage in continued education and training (e.g. pursue a career in Dietetics).
Potential Areas of Employment
- • Research Scientist in food, nutraceutical, and related healthcare industries
- • Production, Management and Marketing in food, nutraceutical and related healthcare industries
- • Governmental agencies responsible for food
- • Quality Assurance
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