Human Nutrition & Dietetics / Cothú an Duine ┐ Diaitéitic

Programme Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition & Dietetics

2021 CAO Points 601

Leaving Cert
Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At least H4 in Chemistry

Anyone with a medically diagnosed food allergy (note: not a food intolerance) should be aware that, in this programme, you will come in contact with food.

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at

This programme is based in both Grangegorman & Trinity College
During this programme you will come in contact with food and applicants with a medically diagnosed food allergy (note: not a food intolerance) should be aware of this.

Dietitians apply knowledge of food, nutrition and other disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology and social science to promote health, prevent disease and help to manage illness.

This programme offers you an integrated training in the science of nutrition and dietetics, and its applications to human health and well-being both at the individual and community level.

This joint TU Dublin/TCD BSc programme is the only such degree programme in the Republic of Ireland. Students are registered in TU Dublin and TCD.

The broad aim of the programme is to produce graduates who are competent to practice at entry level as a dietitian or public health nutritionist or work as a nutrition expert in the industrial and/or private sector.

You’ll learn how to apply core science knowledge to dietetics and human nutrition, and will develop scientific and analytical skills. To ensure capacity for evidence-based practice, there’s a strong emphasis on developing problem-solving skills, and the ability to review and critically evaluate scientific data and information and to undertake research and development in dietetics and nutrition. You’ll benefit greatly from work placements in Years 1, 2 and 4.

On graduation, you can seek employment in the public or private sectors as a dietitian (or clinical nutritionist) in hospitals or community care in Ireland or the UK. With some further study towards licensing examinations, you may also find work in dietetics in the US, Australia or New Zealand.

You are also equipped to work effectively in the private sector – in food companies or in clinical nutrition product sales and marketing.

On graduation, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

Public Health Nutrition and Dietetics Camp

The College of Sciences and Health, Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), is delighted to offer two Sciences and Health Camps for Transition Year students in the spring of 2020. 

View the event >HERE<


  • Dietitian
  • Community Dietitian
  • Researcher (Dietetics)
  • Lab analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs – QC-QA Dietitian
  • Community Dietitian
  • Researcher (Dietetics)
  • Lab analyst
  • Regulatory Affairs – QC-QA
  • 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

*Special requirements for first year

During year one of the programme you will be required to obtain the following items to complete the course work (approximate prices are included):

  • Lab Coat
  • Safety Goggles and Manuals (€60)
  • Hepatitis Vaccinations (€90)
  • Immunity Testing (€20)
  • Chef's Uniform & Shoes (€100)
  • Knife Set (€30)
  • Professional Practice Studies
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Introduction to Dietetics
  • Nutrition Science
  • Control & Integrative Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Practice Placement
  • Advanced Professional Practice
  • Management
  • Applied Nutrition
  • Medicine & Therapeutics
  • Dietetics
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Applied Nutrition & Metabolism
  • Practice Placement
  • Advanced Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Data Analysis & Interpretation
  • Research Project
  • Placement Based Studies

Practice placements are a compulsory element of the programme. These placements are divided into three blocks in Year One, Year Two and Year Four and are undertaken throughout the country.

Each practice placement will be followed by a period of college based consolidation. Students are responsible for their own upkeep during these periods of practice placement since they are unpaid.

The BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is a highly rewarding but challenging programme of study. The highlights for me were my practice placement and my undergraduate research project. Practice placement provides undergraduate students with an excellent opportunity to understand the role of the dietitian and to establish core competences in hospital and community settings. Undertaking a research project provides an excellent platform into the field of research and proved to be an invaluable learning experience.
After graduation, I started my career as a Clinical Dietitian. The interest in research and skills developed as an undergraduate allowed me to incorporate small amounts of research into my clinical work. I have embarked on a full-time scholarship-funded PhD in the area of Clinical Nutrition. I am very fortunate that the PhD enables me to merge both my clinical and research interests. Suffice to say, since completing my CAO, and with the dedicated efforts of the lecturers on this programme, I have not looked back.
TU Code



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Hons)


4 years

Number of Places

25 approx


City Centre: Grangegorman


EU Fees

Non-EU Fees

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