Human nutrition and dietetics
- Course Type: Undergraduate
- Course Code: DT223
- Min Entry Points 2012: 555 points
- Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
- Award: B.Sc. (Hum.Nut. and Diet.)
- Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
- Course Options:
In addition to standard CAO applications, mature entry applications are considered. Further details are available from:
Applications from international non-EU students should be directed to:
The International Student Office
Dublin Institute of Technology
143-149 Lower Rathmines Road
- How to apply: See how to apply
This four-year full-time course is run jointly by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and TCD. Students are registered in both institutions. The course is designed to provide an integrated education in the science of nutrition and practice of dietetics and their application to human health and wellbeing, at both individual and community level. On successful completion, the B.Sc. (honors) degree in Human nutrition and dietetics is awarded jointly by DIT and TCD.
Nutrition is a branch of science devoted to the study of nutrients. It spans a broad-ranging area, overlapping with many other disciplines including biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, dietetics, medicine, communications and public health.
Dietetics is one of the health and social care professions. Dietitians apply their knowledge of food, nutrition and related disciplines to promote health, prevent disease and contribute to the management of disease.
Is this the right course for you?
You will need a strong interest in science subjects and a particular interest in the relationship between food and health. Good interpersonal skills and an ability to work with others are important attributes. The course will place considerable demands on your time.
Graduates from this course are equipped to practice at entry level as a dietitian, a public health nutritionist or to work as a nutritionist in the industrial sector.
The modules in this course are designed to enable the acquisition of scientific knowledge relevant to human nutrition and dietetics, the development of analytical and critical thinking, the integration of theory into practice, the ability to work and communicate with others in an ethical and adaptable manner, and to foster interest and capability in research and development.
The Freshman years
During the Junior and Senior Freshman (first two) years you will develop a broad understanding of the relevant pre-clinical subjects. You will study:
- Physics, chemistry, clinical chemistry
- Cell biology, physiology, biochemistry
- Food studies, nutrition science, nutrition through the life cycle
- Communications, behavioural science
- Research methodology and statistics
- Professional practice studies
The Sophister years
In the Junior and Senior Sophister (third and fourth) years, foundation subjects are strengthened (research methods), specialist subjects are introduced (management, epidemiology, medicine and therapeutics, medical science) and the degree subjects studied to an advanced level (nutrition, dietetics).
You will undertake a three-month research project in the final year, with the option to carry this out in a partner European or American university.
Practice placements are a compulsory element of the programme. These placements are divided into three blocks, one at the end of each of the first three years. Each placement will be followed by a period of college-based consolidation.
Practical placements are arranged in a variety of hospital and community settings in Ireland.
End-of-year written examinations, together with continuous assessment of course work, practical work and assignments make up the assessment process. Oral examinations are conducted in some subjects.
Continuous assessments are carried out during your professional placements. You will also write a thesis to report the results of your final-year research project, and present and defend it orally.
When you graduate, you will be well placed to find work as a dietitian or clinical nutritionist in a hospital or in the community. You will also be qualified to work in, for example, a food company or in clinical nutrition product sales and marketing. Some of our graduates have also chosen academic careers in research or education.
Did you know?
- This course is the only one leading to a professional qualification in dietetics in the Republic of Ireland. The degree is recognised by the Irish Nutrition and; Dietetic Institute (INDI), the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the Nutrition Society.
Additional information can also be obtained from:
- The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (www.indi.ie)
- The Nutrition Society (www.nutritionsociety.org)
Specific Entry Requirements
|This is a joint course between TCD and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). For full details of admission requirements contact the DIT.|
Patricia Dominguez Castro
I was always attracted to the study of nutrition because I was fascinated by the possibility of enhancing health though implementing dietary changes. When I read the curriculum of the course offered by Trinity and DIT I thought that it offered the perfect combination of science and practical skills I was looking for. This is one of the few courses where you can study nutrition and dietetics at the same time, so when you graduate you have the practical skills backed up by scientific evidence. Being a mature student with a family, I felt a bit nervous about leaving my job to embark on a full-time undergraduate course. However, I do not regret anything as I have always found professional lecturers ready to help. Moreover, last year I became a Trinity scholar, which gave me the peace of mind of having my fees covered now and the possibility of funding for future postgraduate studies. Trinity College is internationally recognised for its cutting-edge research in many areas and the possibilities after graduating from the course are endless: they range from becoming a clinical dietitian to becoming a researcher in the area or being an entrepreneur and setting up your own company. Nutrition is a relatively young science that has still a lot to be discovered and I am looking forward to making my small contribution to that."