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Nutritional Sciences BSc (Hons)

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Course Code: CK504

Course Title: Nutritional Sciences

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Nutritional Sciences

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes. Additional Requirements: Special Entry Requirements: H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics

Entry Points: 2017: 484

Overview

The BSc Nutritional Sciences combines a number of scientific disciplines to provide a thorough understanding of the role of diet and nutrition in health and in the prevention of major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Nutritional science is the study of food as it impacts our health and is concerned with the provision of food and nutrients to the body to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout life.

The course will give you a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between diet and health and you will learn how to apply this knowledge to the provision of nutritional advice to the public, as well as providing safe, wholesome and nutritious food to the consumer.

A six-month work placement forms an integral part of the course.  An application for accreditation of the course by the UK Association for Nutrition is under review.

Course Details

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • apply current knowledge in nutritional science from a molecular, cellular and tissue level to the whole person and to population groups to calculate food and nutrient requirements through the life-cycle in health and disease
  • devise nutritional guidance for individuals and population groups for the maintenance of good health, in the context of authoritative dietary reference and food safety standards
  • employ specialist experimental skills in nutritional research and analysis
  • identify and critically evaluate emerging knowledge in nutrition and use this as a basis for developing novel approaches to solving problems in industry, research/academia, healthcare and other sectors
  • interpret and translate nutritional science meaningfully and communicate the science effectively
  • work effectively as a nutrition professional

Year 1 Modules:

Core

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Introductory Nutrition
  • Macronutrients and Human Nutrition

Year 2 Modules:

Core 

Human Nutrition (e.g. Minerals and Vitamins, Nutrition in Growth, Development and Aging);   Animal Nutrition;  Biological Sciences;  Biochemistry;  Physiology;  Molecular Biology;  Food Chemistry;  Food Microbiology;  Biostatistics

Years 3/4 Modules:

You will focus on aspects of human nutrition including:

Physiological Functions of Nutrients;  Effects of Nutrient Deficiencies and Excess;  Clinical Nutrition;  Nutritional Status Assessment;  Nutrient Composition and Safety of Food; Relationship of Food Intake to Health;  Impact of Genome on Nutrient Needs;  Public Health Nutrition;  International Nutrition;  Sports Nutrition;  Research Project in the Area of Nutrition;  Toxicology; Immunology;  Sensory Science

These courses are complemented by courses in Food Science and Technology and Food Microbiology.

An integral part of this course is the six-month work placement in Year 3.

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: 

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science)and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Special Entry Requirements:  H4 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.  Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in a Laboratory Science subject or Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly to the CAO, include a statement of interest and may be called for interview. Applicants are assessed on the basis of academic and/or professional background in a laboratory science-related discipline, evidenced by exam results and the statement of interest.  Approximately two places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

FETAC Requirements.

 

Application Procedure

EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry. 

Course Practicalities

Year 1: approximately 300 hours of lectures, 100 hours of practicals and 58 hours tutorials in Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Mathematics, and Physics.

Year 2: approximately 234 hours of lectures, 126 hours of practicals and self-directed learning in Biochemistry, Food Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Physiology and Statistics.

Year 3: approximately 204 hours of lectures, 66 hours of practicals and self-directed learning, and eight hours of tutorials in Food Science, Microbiology and Nutrition. You will also undertake a library project

Year 4: approximately 222 hours of lectures, 12 hours of practicals, 12 hours of directed or self-directed study, a 14-week laboratory-based research project and seminars in Immunology, Nutrition and Toxicology.

Assessment

Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including in-semester multiple-choice-question examinations and laboratory write-ups. Some modules will have a project report as the main outcome of the module and this is also assessed.

Who Teaches This Course

The lecturers listed below teach the Nutrition and Food Science components of the BSc Nutritional Sciences programme and are academic staff members of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at UCC. Academic staff from other schools and departments teach the other subjects on the curriculum.

Professor Kevin Cashman

Professor Albert Flynn

Professor Nora O’Brien

Dr Mairead Kiely

Dr Tom O’Connor

Dr Aoife Ryan

Dr Tony Sheehy

Professor Elke Arendt

Professor Alan Kelly

Professor Paul McSweeney

Professor Yrjo Roos

Dr Joe Kerry

Dr Seamus O’Mahony

Dr Eileen O’Neill

 

 

Further Contact Information

Dr Tony Sheehy
 
Course Coordinator
 
T: +353(0)21 4902382
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