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.

Curriculum by year

  • Food Studies
  • Introduction to Professional Practice, Communications & Behavioural Science
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

  • Professional Practice Studies
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Introduction to Community Dietetics

  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Management
  • Applied Nutrition

  • Practice Placement
  • Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation

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.

Professional Placements

All students on this programme complete three compulsory practice placements. Practice placements are completed in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 of the programme. Practice placements are held in HSE-run hospital and community healthcare settings around the country.

In Year 1, a 4-week placement must be completed at the end of the academic year. This placement is held in a hospital catering department to help students understand food service delivery in a medical environment.

In Year 2, a 10-week placement must be completed at the end of the academic year. This placement is held in dietetic departments in hospital and community settings around the country.

In Year 4, a 14-week placement must be completed during the academic year. This placement is held in large acute teaching hospitals around the country.


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.