Nutritional science Course Overview

Nutritional science Course Overview

Nutritional science combine practical skills and research on food and health with educational information on food intake and food choices. It interprets the science of nutrition into applicable use, ie to prevent and treat disease and maintain health.

What will you study?

You will learn about the nutrients in food and how they are used by the body, and the relationship between food, health and diseases. This course often leads to a career as a nutritionist or dietician.

Core subjects

Diet and disease; food microbiology; human growth and development: biological and behavioural interactions; mineral nutrition and chronic diseases; nutrition and health issues; nutrition communications and counselling; nutritional and physicochemical aspects of food; social science perspectives on food and nutrition; vitamins.

Typical course duration

A degree in this area will take at least three yearas to complete.


Prior study of biology and usually chemistry and mathematics is required.

What do graduates do?

You can work as a nutritionist, dietician, researcher or lecturer in manufacturing companies, academic institutions, hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, and research and development laboratories. You may also work in retail selling nutritional and diet-related products.