Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences

NFQ Level 9, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2020-21 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme.

Candidates must be holders of an honours BSc degree, or equivalent qualification, in a Human Biology-related discipline including a significant element of biochemistry and/or physiology and a minimum of Second Class honours Grade 1 or equivalent. Graduates with a Second Class Honours Grade II degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis subject to the approval of the Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences. Candidates with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences or closely related programmes are not eligible for admission.

Modules will be chosen with the approval of the Programme Board depending on the student's background.

Students take 60 credits as follows:

Core Modules
Students take 35 credits as follows:
NT6009 Nutritional Status Assessment of Individuals and Populations (5 credits)
NT6103 Functional Foods: New Frontiers for Food and Health (5 credits)
NT6104 Library Project in Nutritional Sciences (10 credits)
NT6109 Minerals in Health and Disease (5 credits)
NT6110 Food Security and Implications for Human Nutrition (5 credits)
NT6111 Advances in Vitamins and Other Dietary Bioactives (5 credits)

Students submit their library and research projects in April.

Elective Modules

Students select 25 credits from the following:
(Note: no more than 15 credits of undergraduate-level modules can be selected)
FS3022 Sensory Evaluation for Food and Nutritional Sciences (5 credits)
NT3001 Clinical Nutrition (5 credits)
NT3002 Food Toxicology (5 credits)
NT3009 Determinants of Food Choice and Eating Behaviour (5 credits)
NT6102 Public Health Nutrition (5 credits)
NT6107 Integration and Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism (5 credits)
NT6112 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (5 credits)
NT6113 Nutritional Epidemiology (5 credits)

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module Descriptions may be found here.

Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2020/2021 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2020/2021.

Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

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