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DT420
Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

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Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specific diets to designer foods, herbal products and processed foods such as cereals, soups and beverages which ultimately optimise health and nutrition.

The mission of this programme is to educate students in a comprehensive range of disciplines including scientific, technological and product development areas in order to meet with the requirements of the nutraceutical and functional food industries. Our goal is to teach our students 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.


DT420 Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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CASLT  5M3807  Laboratory Techniques
CASFX  5M5267  Food Science

Essential Module Requirements:
5 Distinctions from the following modules:


C20006 - Biology
or 5N2746 - Biology

C20011 - Chemistry
or 5N2747 - Chemistry

D20022 - Sports Coaching

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics

C20041 - Microbiology
or 5N0737 - Microbiology

C20024 - Food Processing
or 5N5245
C20140 - Nutrition
or 5N2006 - Nutrition

C20048 - Physics
or 5N1460 - Physics

B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics

D20127 - Food Preservation & Processing
or 5N5245
D20001 - Anatomy & Physiology
or 5N0749 - Anatomy and Physiology

C20033 - Laboratory Techniques
or 5N2751 - Laboratory Skills

C20049 - Plant Science
or 5N2528 - Plant Science

D20165 - Safety and Health at Work
or 5N1794 - Safety and Health at Work

C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths OC3

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A successful graduate of this programme will be qualified to enter a rewarding career in the food, pharmaceutical and emerging nutraceutical industries. The development of either nutraceutical or functional food products designed for optimal nutrition is key for health promotion and disease prevention.

Graduates will be suitably qualified to participate in nutraceutical research, innovative food product development and allied areas in these industries where there is a current and future need for such skilled graduates in Ireland and the EU.

Opportunities will exist for graduates to extend their education either through taught masters or research programmes leading to higher degrees which may open up greater career opportunities in this expanding area of Irish industry. Students who have reached the appropriate honours standard may have access to a range of taught Masters Degrees in DIT and elsewhere in Higher Education.



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