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Nutraceuticals in Health & NutritionNútraiceodaigh sa tSláinte ┐sa Chothú

Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutraceuticals in Health & Nutrition

2023 CAO Points: 357

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At least O4/H7 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, or Biology.

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:


  • CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science
  • CASLT / 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques


C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
D20022 Food Chemistry
C20041 / 5N0737 Microbiology
C20024 / 5N5245 Food Processing
C20140 / 5N2006 Nutrition
C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
B20029 / 5N2066 Statistics
D20127 / 5N5245 Food Preservation & Processing
D20001 / 5N0749 Anatomy & Physiology
C20033 / 5N2751 Laboratory Skills
C20049 / 5N2528 Plant Science
D20165 / 5N1794 Safety & Health at Work
C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
Leaving Certificate Mathematics O4/H7

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

If any applicant has a medically diagnosed food allergy (note; not an intolerance), this course is not recommended.

Nutraceuticals are concentrated compounds obtained from food sources that can provide health benefits, including prevention of disease and health promotion. Examples of nutraceuticals include substances such as Omega 3, antioxidants or probiotics.

In today’s competitive food industry, and with increased consumer awareness of the link between diet and health, nutraceuticals are a dynamic and growing market sector.

This course covers a range of scientific disciplines and new nutraceutical technologies. It aims to produce contemporary food scientists capable of exploiting this growing opportunity in health and wellness.

An additional feature is that it covers the emerging area of sports nutrition and nutrigenomics.

You’ll undertake a three-month work placement, and a full semester in Year 4 is dedicated to an independent research project that will allow you to develop your research skills and in-depth knowledge in an area of your choice.

On graduation, you’ll be qualified to enter postgraduate research courses, both in Ireland and abroad, in nutraceutical research and related areas at masters or PhD level. Demand for researchers in this area is currently high and is predicted to further increase in future years.

Study Abroad Opportunities

You may have the opportunity to complete a semester, full-year, project work or work placement abroad under the Lifelong Learning Course (LLP)/Erasmus mobility schemes or their equivalent in other countries.

  • New Product Development
  • Food Technologist
  • Product Technician
  • Packaging Manager
  • Ingredients Development (enzymes)
  • Product Development Scientist
  • Process Technologist
  • Packaging Manager
  • Quality Assurance/Control Manager/Co-ordinator
  • Research and Development
  • Production Manager/Planner
  • Academia/Lecturer
  • Research Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Brand Technologist/Specialist
  • Operations Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Regulatory Affairs Officer
  • Patent Agent
  • Technical Author
  • Writer/Journalist
  • Technical Recruiter
  • Account/Client Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Sales Manager Representative
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business Development Executive

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

To qualify for Advanced Entry applicants must be currently studying, completing, or have successfully completed, studies at Level 6, 7 or 8 in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or an equivalent, in a related area. You must demonstrate by providing transcripts of results that you have achieved the learning outcomes for each stage you wish to advance past, for example:

  • To enter Year 2 via Advanced Entry, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Year 1.
  • For entry to Year 3, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1 and 2.
  • For entry to Year 4, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1, 2, and 3.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.

The course is unique in its diversity. This course and its supportive lecturing staff helped me build my distinctive skills and knowledge base through practical laboratory work, problem-based learning tasks and interactive e-learning lectures
There is a heavy focus on current advances and future directions of research which fit with the developing nature of the science. I got to study in Lund University, Sweden and this invaluable experience broadened my academic perspective and amplified my enthusiasm as I gained a sense of the overall potential of functional foods. I then carried out my final-year project in Polytechnic University, Valencia (Spain) where I furthered my understanding of how the science is developing globally.
I was awarded a scholarship by the Irish Research Council to carry out an employment-based PhD in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and Nuritas Ltd, a young biotechnology company.

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere. Demand for researchers in the area of nutraceutical and related areas is currently high and predicted to increase.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

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