GradCert Food, Nutrition & Health

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

The importance of the link between food and human health is becoming increasingly evident and graduates of the Food, Nutrition and Health postgraduate programmes will be educated to a high level in the science of food as it pertains to human nutrition and health.

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  • Understand the nature of food, how it is produced, how it is affected by processing, why we eat, what happens to food when we eat it, and how food components can interact with the functioning of humans.
  • Apply the knowledge and understanding of food science and formulation to diet and nutrition in order to address nutrition-related problems in different groups, cultures and societies.
  • Understand the nature of food, how it is produced, how it is affected by processing, why we eat, what happens to food when we eat it, and how food components can interact with the functioning of humans.

Careers & Employability

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.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The graduate certificate in Food Nutrition and Health aims to enable students to transform their careers, and develop intellectually and professionally, to achieve and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to succeed in times of rapid global food nutrition and health change. The programme provides an academically challenging and professionally relevant, focused programmes of study for students who wish to develop careers in Food Nutrition and Health. The programme will allow studentsto develop subject specific knowledge in core areas of Food, Nutrition and Health.  The programme is entirely internet delivered. Teamwork, collaboration and communication are integral components of this programme.  The programme will provide opportunities to become connected with fellow students from a range of disciplines and cultures, and utilise the online nature of the course to strengthen connectedness, and design innovative and creative solutions to problems across the Food Nutrition and Health spectrum.

    • Construct and defend reasoned conclusions in relation to Food Nutrition and Health.
    • Demonstrate a critical awareness of principles relating to scientific integrity and ethical issues in Food Nutrition and Health
    • Demonstrate competence to acquire, organise, analyse integrate and critically review information from a wide range of sources relating to issues in Food Nutrition and Health.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills as they apply to Food Nutrition and Health
    • Demonstrate effective time management and organization skills
    • Integrate and apply knowledge of key principles underlying Food Science, Nutrition and Health

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    The Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health will be delivered through the UCD 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

    For each 5 ECTS credit module earned students are expected to undertake about 125 hours of work, to include on-line activity and performing their own study. Students will be required to complete quizzes periodically so that we can monitor progress. Formative assessments will be used to help you develop and critically assess your own understanding of the material presented. All modules will have a high continuous assessment component.

    The Gradaute Certifiicate is delivered and assessed online. Therefore students do not need to attend UCD campus for classes or assessment. Many of our current students are based internationally. 
    Each module is assigned a Module tutor; students can make direct contact with the Module Tutor and Module Coordinator with any queries.

    GradCert Food, Nutrition & Health (X621) Part Time
    EU/NONEU    fee per credit - € 98.5

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Fees for this Programme are payable on a per credit basis so students can structure the fee payment schedule per semester based on the number of modules to which they are registered.
    The per credit fee for the Graduate Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health is Euro 93.10; therefore registration to a 5 credit module is Euro 465.50.
    Based on the current per fee credit the cost for the 30 credit Graduate Certificate is Euro 2,793.

    Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

    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 who do not hold the requisite Science qualification (but who hold a Level 8 Honours degree or equivalent) have been admitted previously and are advised to submit an application for assessment by the Programme Coordinator to determine eligibility.

    All applications are assessed on a case by case basis by the Programme Coordinator Dr Aideen McKevitt.

    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.

    Applicants who would like to take a stand-alone module should contact to discuss the option of registering as an Occasional student. The cost per 5 ECTS credit module is currently Euro 456.50

    Breda O'Mahony
    MSc Food Nutrition and Health Graduate

    One of the main advantages attached to this course is the whole area of its diversification. The depth and variety of modules delivered offered a host of different opportunities in the spectrum of Food, Nutrition and Health.
    After exhaustive investigation between different institutions and the courses that they had to offer, I knew the MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health at UCD was the one for me. Their online platform enabled me to continue working whilst studying at a pace that suited my schedule. As a result, a great level of compatibility between my work and study life was achieved. The open timeframe to complete the Masters was very attractive. I was motivated to complete it within two years but it was reassuring that I could extend the timeframe if needed. Receiving the coursework grid on week 1 of each semester allowed me to focus and plan coursework/MCQ’s around busier times at work. Similarly, knowing that on each Monday relevant lectures would be released, therefore aiding planning.

    I can genuinely say that completing my Masters in the field of Food, Nutrition and Health has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I have never worked so hard nor have I ever felt so proud of the work that I have produced. This is largely due to the challenging environment the programme provided, as I was stimulated by the realistic obstacles that confronted me throughout the programme. This journey has allowed me to study with some of the leading academics in their field.
    Lectures and coursework were relevant, engaging and thought provoking thus enabling me to expand on areas such as subject knowledge and development of critical thinking skills with relevance to everyday life. The depth and variety of modules offered insight into varying perspectives thus enhancing my subject knowledge. Having a tutor for each module was advantageous, they were very helpful and responded very quickly to any query no matter how big or small.

    The completion of this Programme has opened up a number of differing opportunities that perhaps would not have come otherwise. The biggest sensation I feel when I think about my time at UCD is that of pride. Whilst the workload was demanding, the feeling of pride and accomplishment upon its completion meant that the hours of dedication were all worth it.

    The following entry routes are available:

    Grad Cert Food, Nutrition & Health PT (X621)
    1 Years
    Part Time
    Rolling *

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