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Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Joint Degree)

B. Sc. (Hum. Nut. And Diet.) Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; CAO points: 556 (2018) ; CAO code: DT223

Course Fees

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What is Human Nutrition and Dietetics?

This four-year full-time course is run jointly by the Technological University Dublin, TU Dublin. Students are registered in both institutions and have access to all services across the two institutions. The course provides an integrated education on the science of nutrition and practice of dietetics and their application to human health and well-being.

On successful completion, the B.Sc. honors degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is awarded jointly by Trinity and TU Dublin. 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 the application of our knowledge of food and nutrition to promote health, prevent disease and contribute to the management of disease.

This course is the only undergraduate programme leading to a 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) and The Nutrition Society.

Human Nutrition and Dietetics: The course for you?

It is important that students on this programme have a strong interest in science subjects and the relationship between food and health. Students should also be willing to work in a hospital environment and have good interpersonal skills. The course will place considerable demands on students’ time, particularly when clinical placement is ongoing.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

When you graduate, you will be well placed to find work as a dietitian in a hospital or in the community. You will also be qualified to work in 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 enable the acquisition of scientific knowledge relevant to human nutrition and dietetics, the development of analytical and critical thinking, and the integration of theory into practice. This programme also develops the ability of students to work and communicate with others in an ethical and adaptable manner, and to foster their skills in research and development.

First and second years

During the first and second years you will develop a broad understanding of the relevant pre-clinical subjects. You will study: clinical chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology/immunology, food studies, nutrition science, epidemiology, nutrition through the life cycle, communications, behavioural science, research methodology and statistics, and professional practice studies.

Third and fourth years

In the third and fourth years, foundation subjects are strengthened (research methods), specialist subjects are introduced (management, , 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 fourth year, with the option to carry this out in a partner European or American university.

Clinical placements

To become a registered dietitian, students must successfully complete 3 clinical placements. Students go on placement in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 of the programme, and placements range in duration from 4 weeks to 14 weeks. All placements take place in hospitals and primary care centres across the country, and relocation on the part of the student may be required to complete placement.

Assessments

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 clinical placements. You will also write a thesis to report the results of your final-year research project, and present and defend this in an oral presentation

Additional general information about nutrition and dietetics can also be obtained from: The Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (www.indi.ie); The Nutrition Society (www.nutritionsociety.org); CORU (www.coru.ie)

Special entry requirements

This is a joint course between Trinity and the Technological University of Dublin, TU Dublin. For full details of admission requirements contact the TU Dublin.

Students are required to undergo Garda vetting and health screening before clinical placements can proceed.

Application Procedure

In addition to standard CAO applications, mature entry applications are considered. Further details are available from: The Admissions Office, Technological University of Dublin, TU Dublin, 143-149 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. T: +353 1 402 3445, E: admissions@dit.ie, 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. www.dit.ie/international

 

Course Details

Award

B. Sc. (Hum. Nut. And Diet.) Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

Duration

4 years full-time

CAO Points Required

556 (2018)

CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

DT223

Minimum entry points required are 556 (2018)
More information on minimum entry points

Admission Requirements

For general admission requirements please click here

This is a joint course between Trinity and the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). For full details of admission requirements contact the DIT.

Students are required to undergo Garda vetting and health screening before clinical placements can proceed.

Application Procedure

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

T: +353 1 402 3445 | F: +353 1 402 3399

E: admissions@dit.ie | 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

www.dit.ie/international/

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.