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Food Nutrition & Health

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.
-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.
-Minimum registration to the Masters is 2 years, however students have 4 years in which to complete the programme thereby affording flexibility in duration of registration.

Entry requirements

- 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 meet the above requirements may be considered and should contact for further information.
- 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


2 years part-time

Number of credits

90 credits

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Karen Holland
Contact Number: +353 1 716 7193

Subjects taught

The Masters in Food, Nutrition and Health will be delivered through the UCD Blackboard 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 MSc Food, Nutrition and Health 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 - Options
Chemistry of Nutrients

Food Chemistry

Food Microbiology & Safety

Physiology & Metabolism

Food Process Technology

Meat and Meat Products O/L

Food Marketing (O/L)

Project Module (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

Nutritional Assessment

Creative Thinking (Online)

Promoting Consumer Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition O/L


Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

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.

Application date

Deadline: Rolling

Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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