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Human Nutrition and Dietetics (Joint Degree)

B.Sc. (Hum.Nut. and Diet.) ; 4 years full-time ; CAO points: 554 (2017) ; CAO code: DT223

    What is Human Nutrition and Dietetics?

    This four-year full-time course is run jointly by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Trinity. 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 well-being, at both individual and community level.

    On successful completion, the B.Sc. (honours) degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is awarded jointly by DIT and Trinity. 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.

    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?

    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.

    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.


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


    In the 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.

    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.


    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

    (; The Nutrition Society


    CORU (

    Course Details


    B.Sc. (Hum.Nut. and Diet.)


    4 years full-time

    CAO Points Required

    554 (2017)

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is


    Minimum entry points required are 554 (2017)
    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

    Tel: +353 1 402 3445 | Fax: +353 1 402 3399

    Email: | Website:

    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