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Food, Nutrition and Health, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The importance of the link between food and human health is becoming increasingly evident and graduates of the Master in Food, Nutrition and Health course from University College Dublin will be educated to a high level in the science of food as it pertains to human nutrition and health.


This programme will be delivered by staff members in the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and UCD Institute of Food and Health. UCD is ranked in the top 10 European and top 25 International Universities in Food Science and Technology, based on research output.

The UCD Institute of Food and Health was established in 2008 and has an international reputation. The Institute brings together academic and research staff from across UCD in health-related aspects of food research, including food science, human and public health nutrition, food production, biosystems engineering, food law, consumer behaviour and food safety. The Institute aligns its research with national, international and industry agendas.

The Master in Food, Nutrition and Health will be delivered through the University College Dublin Blackboard system and will consist of:
  • pre-prepared lecture material delivered online
  • videos and demonstrations by lecturers
  • interactive learning reinforcement quizzes
  • online assessed multiple choice quizzes
  • Interactive discussion boards
  • virtual classroom environments.
Career Opportunities

The course will provide you with the skills necessary to function in roles in the food industry, public health sector and food regulatory agencies. Within the food industry graduates will work in areas such as product innovation, technical sales, product quality enhancement with the distinct advantage of bringing a nutrition perspective to all aspects of the food industry including product development, marketing and sales.Within public health and regulatory agencies graduates will work in the areas of nutrition and health promotion or food labelling regulation.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Chemistry of Nutrients
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology & Safety
  • Physiology & Metabolism
  • Food Process Technology
  • Meat and Meat Products O/L
  • Food Marketing (O/L).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits

    MSc Degree – 90 credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The course is aimed at graduates from science-based disciplines with no previous or recent formal educational background in Food Science or Nutrition who wish to up-skill and become competent in this increasingly important and rapidly evolving area.
  • Applicants must hold a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree in a cognate subject (Science, Engineering or related discipline), or international equivalent.
  • Applicants with other awards who hold substantial relevant work experience will be considered.
  • Applicants are asked to provide a CV and Personal Statement with their application, along with Academic Transcripts (non UCD Graduates) and proof of English proficiency if required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    95 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 95 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    95 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 95 EUR per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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fee per credit - € 95


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