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Studying Nutritional Sciences at the University College Cork

The PG Dip Nutritional Sciences is a full-time programme running for 9 months from the date of first registration for the programme.  UCC has a long history of teaching and research in food and nutritional sciences and now is amongst Europe’s largest multidisciplinary education and research institutions with world-class academics working in all aspects of the food and nutritional sciences.

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Conduct a comprehensive literature search using all available resources of seminal and recent research in a specified topic
  • Analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically, including published research or reports, and write a well-constructed and concise scientific report.
  • Explain the principles of, and apply in practice, techniques used in nutritional sciences research;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and the development of disease and disorders;
  • Demonstrate the importance of nutrition to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout life;     
  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in nutrition;
  • Communicate effectively on nutrition-related issues with different stakeholders;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.

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Nutritional Sciences: Course Practicalities

The course content of the PG Dip Nutritional Science is adjusted to each individual students needs therefore it is impossible to quantify contact hours precisely.  This PG Dip programme is a challenging course and is intended to be full time.  Students are expected to attend lectures or be engaged in their research from 9 am to 5 pm each working day from September to May.

 

Assessment

Assessment is by End of Year Written Examination, Continuous Assessment, In-class presentation, In-class tests, laboratory write-ups and Library Projects.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

For futher informaion on this porstgraduate programme and answers to some frequently asked questions, please see here FAQ - PG Diploma in Nutritional Sciences

 

Why Choose This Course

UCC has a long history of teaching and research in the Food and Nutritional Sciences and is amongst Europe’s largest multidisciplinary education and research institutions with world-class academics working in all aspects of the food and nutrition areas.


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Nutritional Sciences: Career Opportunities

This course is designed for individuals with a strong biology background wishing to gain a postgraduate qualification in nutrition. It will helps to ‘up skill’ students in the rapidly advancing field of nutritional science, while also providing a conversion pathway for science graduates who wish to enter the nutrition field. There is no preordained career path, and it is up to each graduate to fit the qualification in with their own educational background as they shape their individual careers.
Graduates of the PG Diploma and its’ predecessor course (MSc Nutritional Science) have gone on to work in:

  •     Research
  •     The food industry

 

Or have used the qualification:

  • To enhance their current qualifications (e.g. public health graduates (with an interest in public health nutrition; food science graduates ( to allow them to apply for jobs in food industry on the product development and regulatory side); and health care professionals such as nurses (who wish to further their nutrition knowledge and apply it to their practice)
  • As a stepping stone to other careers (e.g. dietetics, science teaching (biology)

Graduates can apply for individual membership of the Nutrition Society.

 

Skills

On successful completion of this programme, students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and the development of disease and disorders; demonstrate the importance of nutrition to facilitate optimum physical and mental development and maintenance of health throughout life; apply critical thinking skills to solve problems in nutrition; communicate effectively on nutrition-related issues with different stakeholders; demonstrate the capacity to undertake lifelong learning.


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Nutritional Sciences: Requirements

  • Candidates must be holders of a minimum Second Class Honours, Grade I in a BSc (Hons) Degree (NFQ, Level 8, or equivalent) in a Human Biology-related discipline including a significant element of biochemistry and/ or physiology. Under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), 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 PG Dip in Nutritional Sciences.
  • Candidates with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences or closely related programmes are not eligible for admission.

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

 

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

 

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.


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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 13.09.2021

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 6130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 18130 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences

Degree

Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Sciences

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 13.09.2021

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 6130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 18130 EUR / year

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