Nutrition and Health Science (BSc Honours) (Level 8)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
For admission to a programme, standard applicants must
- score the necessary CAO points and
- meet the minimum entry requirements
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include Mathematics, and either English or Irish.
Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard.
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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 postgraduate degrees such as Master of Science and PhD programmes.
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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.
“I found first and second year covered a wide range of subjects which gave me a great understanding and foundation in Nutrition & Health Science.
I gained excellent laboratory experience, which I was able to demonstrate in my third year work placement in Canada. I am currently studying for a Master of Science in Food Science, from which I hope to gain employment in the area of quality assurance in a food related industry.
Overall, I would highly recommend this course and thoroughly enjoyed my time in CIT.”
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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 and related healthcare industries
- New product development, production and marketing in food and related healthcare industries
- Food safety and food regulation in food industry and governmental agencies
- Nutrition communication in food information organisations
- Quality assurance
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