Food Nutrition & Health
GradCert Food, Nutrition & Health
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)
The importance of the link between food and human health is becoming increasingly evident and graduates of the Masters in Food, Nutrition and Health course will be educated to a high level in the science of food as it pertains to human nutrition and health.
Understand the nature of food, how it is produced, how it is affected by processing, why we eat, what happens to food when we eat it, and how food components can interact with the functioning of humans.
Apply the knowledge and understanding of food science and formulation to diet and nutrition in order to address nutrition-related problems in different groups, cultures and societies.
Minimum registration to the Graduate Certificate is 1 year. This programme is delivered and assessed online.
Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
Integrate and apply knowledge of key principles underlying Food Science, Nutrition and Health
Demonstrate competence to acquire, organise, analyse integrate and critically review information from a wide range of sources relating to issues in Food Nutrition and Health.
Demonstrate a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity and ethical issues in Food Nutrition and Health
Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
Construct and defend reasoned conclusions in relation to Food Nutrition and Health.
Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to Food Nutrition and Health
Construct and defend reasoned conclusions in relation to Food, Nutrition and Health
Demonstrate a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity and ethical issues in Food, Nutrition and Health
Demonstrate competence to acquire, organise, analyse integrate and critically review information from a wide range of sources relating to issues in Food, Nutrition and Health.
Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to Food, Nutrition and Health
Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
Integrate and apply knowledge of key principles underlying Food, Nutrition and Health
The course is aimed at graduates from science-based disciplines with no previous or recent formal educational background in Food Science or Nutrition who wish to up-skill and become competent in this increasingly important and rapidly evolving area.
Applicants must hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in a cognate subject (Science, Engineering or related discipline), or international equivalent.
Applicants with other awards who hold substantial relevant work experience will be considered.
Applicants who do not hold the requisite Science qualification (but who hold a Level 8 Honours degree or equivalent) have been admitted previously and are advised to submit an application for assessment by the Programme Coordinator to determine eligibility.
All applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the Programme Coordinator Dr Aideen McKevitt.
Applicants are asked to provide a CV and Personal Statement with their application, along with Academic Transcripts (non UCD Graduates) and proof of English proficiency if required.
Applicants who would like to take a stand-alone module should contact to discuss the option of registering as an Occasional student. The cost per 5 ECTS credit module is currently Euro 456.50
The Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health will be delivered through the UCD through the UCD Brightspace e-learning system and will consist of:
pre-prepared lecture material delivered online
videos and demonstrations by lecturers
interactive learning reinforcement quizzes
online assessed multiple choice quizzes
Interactive discussion boards
virtual classroom environments
For each 5 ECTS credit module earned students are expected to undertake about 125 hours of work, to include on-line activity and performing their own study. Students will be required to complete quizzes periodically so that we can monitor progress. Formative assessments will be used to help you develop and critically assess your own understanding of the material presented. All modules will have a high continuous assessment component.
The Gradaute Certifiicate is delivered and assessed online. Therefore students do not need to attend UCD campus for classes or assessment. Many of our current students are based internationally.
Each module is assigned a Module tutor; students can make direct contact with the Module Tutor and Module Coordinator with any queries.
Stage 1 - Option
Chemistry of Nutrients
Food Microbiology & Safety
Physiology & Metabolism
Food Process Technology
Meat and Meat Products O/L
Food Marketing (O/L)
Milk and Dairy Products (O/L)
Principles of Sensory Science
Introduction to Nutrition
Nutrients in the Life Cycle
Omic Strategies in Nutrition
Pathways to Health (O/L)
Food Regulatory Affairs (O/L)
Food Quality and Safety (O/L)
Research Design and Statistics
Promoting Consumer Nutrition
Public Health Nutrition O/L
1 year part-time
GradCert Food, Nutrition & Health (X621) Part Time
EU/NONEU fee per credit - € 98.5
***Fees are subject to change
Fees for this Programme are payable on a per credit basis so students can structure the fee payment schedule per semester based on the number of modules to which they are registered.
The per credit fee for the Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health is Euro 98.50; therefore registration to a 5 credit module is Euro 492.50.
Based on the current per fee credit the cost for the 30 credit Graduate Certificate is Euro 2,955.00
Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.
Next Intake: 2020/2021 September
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Careers & Employability
The course will provide you with the skills necessary to function in roles in the food industry, public health sector and food regulatory agencies. Within the food industry graduates will work in areas such as product innovation, technical sales, product quality enhancement with the distinct advantage of bringing a nutrition perspective to all aspects of the food industry including product development, marketing and sales.
Within public health and regulatory agencies graduates will work in the areas of nutrition and health promotion or food labelling regulation.