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Undergraduate Programme

BSc. in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Qualification Awarded: BSc (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) Level 8 / BSc (Cothú an Duine & Diaitéitic) Leibhéal 8
Duration: 4 years
Type of Programme: Honours Degree
Number of Places: 25 approx
Location: DIT Kevin Street and Trinity College Dublin

What is Human Nutrition and Dietetics

This four-year full-time course is run jointly by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Trinity College Dublin,Students on this programme are registered in both institutions.

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. 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 of this programme, the B.Sc. (honours) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is awarded jointly by DIT and Trinity College Dublin  and students are eligible to become a registered dietitian through an application to the Regulator, CORU. [www.coru.ie]. 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.

 

Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Is this course for you?

Applicants to this programme should have 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.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

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.

Your degree and what you'll study

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.

Course content

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.

Modules Include:

The Junior Freshman ( Year 1 ) modules Include:

  • Food Studies, Introduction to Professional Practice, Communications & Behavioural Science; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Nutrition Through the Life Cycle;Nutrition Science; Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology;Organ Systems Physiology;Infection & Immunity; Evidence Based Practice; Practice Placement

The Senior Freshman (Year 2) modules Include:

  • Professional Practice Studies; Biochemistry of Metabolism; Introduction to Community Dietetics; Nutrition Science; Control & Integrative Physiology; Pathophysiology; Clinical Chemistry; Nutritional Epidemiology; Practice Placement

Special requirements for first year
All students on this programme undergo Garda Vetting. Vaccination and immunity Testing are also requirements of this programme. 
The Junior Sophister (Year Three) modules include:
Advanced Professional Practice; Management; Applied Nutrition; Medicine & Therapeutics; Dietetics; Clinical Laboratory Science; Applied Nutrition & Metabolism
The Senior Sophister (Year Four) modules include:
Practice Placement Applied Nutrition & Metabolism; Applied Nutrition & Metabolism; Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics; Data Analysis & Interpretation; Research Project 
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.

Special requirements for first year
It is compulsory that all applicants to the programme undergo Garda Vetting. Vaccination and Immunity Testing are also requirements of this programme.

Professional Placements

Practice placements are a compulsory element of the programme. These placements are divided into three blocks; , one the first placement is at the end of each Year 1 and has a 4 week duration. The second placement is at the end of year 2 and has an 11 week duration and the final placement is at the beginning of year 4, and has a 14 week duration. 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. Students are responsible for their own upkeep during these periods of practice placement since they are unpaid.

Assessment

End-of-year written examinations, together with continuous assessment of course work, practical work, oral presentations and assignments make up the assessment process. 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.

For more details and the structure of the programme:
http://www.dit.ie/catalogue/Programmes/Details/DT223?tab=Programme%20Structure

Did You Know?

This course is the only undergraduate degree leading to a professional qualification in dietetics in the Republic of Ireland. The degree is recognised by the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI), the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the Nutrition Society and the Dietitian Profession's professional Regulator, CORU.

Further Information

Entry Requirements

Course Options
Award
B.Sc. (Hum.Nut. and Diet.)
Number of Places
25
CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is
DT223
=Qualification Awarded:
 BSc (Human Nutrition & Dietetics) Level 8, jointly awarded by DIT and TCD.

Location: 
DIT Kevin Street/Trinity College Dublin

Entry Requirements:
2016 CAO Points 550

Minimum No. Of
Subjects       Honours
 6                  3H5s 

Minimum Grade in
 Maths           English or Irish
O4/H7            06/H7

Other Requirements
 At least H4 in Chemistry

Students on this programme are required to undergo Garda vetting before being allowed to register.
Application Procedure
For full details of admission requirements contact the DIT.
http://dit.ie/studyatdit/undergraduate/programmescourses/allcourses/humannutritiondieteticsdt223.html

In addition to standard CAO applications, mature entry applications are considered. Further details are available from:
The Admissions Office
Dublin Institute of Technology
143-149 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6
Tel: +353 1 402 3445
Fax: +353 1 402 3399
E-mail: admissions@dit.ie
Website: www.dit.ie/study
Applications from international non-EU students should be directed to:
The International Student Office
Dublin Institute of Technology
143-149 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6
Website: www.dit.ie/study/internationaloffice/howtoapply


Admission Requirements
For general admission requirements please go to   http://dit.ie/studyatdit/undergraduate/programmescourses/allcourses/humannutritiondieteticsdt223.html

Further Information
Contact:
The Academic Unit of Nutrition & Dietetics
Department Of Clinical Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences,
Tel: 01 896 2100  Email:swalshe@tcd.ie
Or
DIT School of Biological Sciences
T: 01 402 4562
E: kathy.keogh@dit.ie 


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