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Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition
Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years


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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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DT420 Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition

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A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or part of a food which provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.

This course teaches fundamental science as it is applied to nutraceutical systems, and to show its application to the solution of problems in food related health and nutrition.

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Career in the food, pharmaceutical and emerging nutraceutical industries. health promotion and disease prevention. Graduates will be suitably qualified to participate in nutraceutical research, innovative food product development and allied areas.


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Essential Module Requirements:

5 Distinctions from the following modules:

  • C20006 or 5N2746
  • C20011 or 5N2747
  • D20022
  • C20139 or 5N1833
  • C20041 or 5N0737
  • C20024 or 5N5245
  • C20140 or 5N2006
  • C20048 or 5N1460
  • B20029 or 5N2066
  • D20127
  • D20001 or 5N0749
  • C20033 or 5N2751
  • C20049 or 5N2528
  • D20165 or 5N1794

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