Human Nutrition the interaction between food and health – is becoming increasingly important in society. This degree covers many aspects of nutritional sciences, from biochemistry to molecular and public health nutrition, and also includes topics such as nutrition communication and food regulatory affairs.

Upon graduating you will be able to apply your knowledge to many different areas of the food and health industry.

How old do I have to be?

If you are at least 23 years of age on 1 January of the year you want to enter, you can apply on grounds of mature years.

To enter in September 2022, you must have been born on or before 1 January 1999.

What is the closing date?

Apply by 1 February 2022. Late applications will not be considered on grounds of mature years.

How do I apply?

EU applicants* apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO) for:

DN262 Human Nutrition.

In addition you must successfully complete and present one of the following:

  1. MSAP Ireland score (separate MSAP Ireland registration required)


      2. UCD Open Learning Module(s)

What documents do I need to send to CAO?

You must post the following documentation to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway:

  1. Results, Certificates or other evidence of any qualifications that you have mentioned in your online CAO application.
  2. CV (see "Work Experience, Personal & Professional Development" below  for details).
  3. Any additional information you wish to supply to support your application. You may find this template helpful in recording this additional information.

Remember to include your CAO application number on all supporting documents that you send to CAO.

Please note that documents should be with CAO no later than 15 February. Documents received after this date may not be available to us in time for assessment.

 What is MSAP Ireland?

The MSAP Ireland assessment is designed to allow you to demonstrate your skills in written English (Module 1) and your capacity for critical reasoning in the area of Sciences, Mathematics and Social Sciences (Module 3). You must register for MSAP Ireland by 30 January 2022.

     Main Online Test Window:  Saturday 5 March 2022 - Wednesday 9 March 2022

The cost of applying to the MSAP-Ireland assessment in 2022 is €97 per candidate for those who apply by 30 January. An additional charge of €35 will apply for late registrations up to 24 February.

This fee will cover online registration for the test, delivery of the test, provision of test results to the candidate and the transfer of results to the CAO.

 What is UCD Open Learning?

UCD Open Learning gives you the opportunity to study a range of undergraduate modules in UCD. There are no formal entry requirements and the Open Learning modules are open to everyone.

N.B. Module(s) must be taken for credit in order to avail of this entry route.

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be assessed initially on the basis of your written application under the following headings:

Academic Ability: i) MSAP Ireland score – minimum score of 70 in Module 3 is required
ii) UCD Open Learning Module(s) GPA – minimum GPA required: 2.0

Note: MSAP Ireland score and Open Learning module results from this year are valid for entry in this year and next year only.

Work Experience, Personal & Professional Development: Please include a brief CV (3-5 A4 pages) with details of any relevant work experience.
Motivation and Interest:

A completed Personal Statment should be included, explaining why you want to study Human Nutrition and how the degree would contribute to your plans for your future career.

N.B. In order for your application to be fully assessed it is important that you attach a completed UCD Personal Statement with your CAO submission. The UCD Personal Statement requests that you provide UCD course-specific information and is different from the information requested under 'Statement of Interest' on the CAO application.

Applicants will be shortlisted on a competitive basis based on the information provided with the CAO application.

Is there an interview?

Yes. An interview is required to facilitate a decision on an application. Interviews usually take place in mid-May.

When will I know the decision on my application?

Offers for mature applicants will issue via CAO in Round A (early July) and must be accepted within a week.

Successful applicants will receive notification of an offer from CAO when the round issues.


If the decision of the Assessment Board is a Conditional Offer, UCD Admissions will contact the applicant by email, in advance of round A, to explain the conditions which must be fulfilled to receive an official CAO offer.


If places remain when Round A closes, these will be offered in the following CAO offer rounds to applicants on the waiting list*. As above, CAO will notify applicants if an offer has issued.

*Please note that the Assessment Board may have decided to offer all eligible applicants in Round A and therefore there may not be a waiting list for your chosen degree.


Can I apply via the UCD Access route?

If you do not have the necessary background in mathematics and science, you should consider the UCD Access to Science, Engineering and Agriculture course.

While completion of the UCD Access course will not guarantee a place in DN262 the overall score along with the scores in relevant subjects may be taken into account as part of an application on the grounds of mature years.

Where can I find out more?

Applying as a Mature Student   Access Routes   Supports for Mature Students
Graduate Entry Routes   Important Dates   Finance
Personal Statement   Requirements for each Course   Frequently Asked Questions
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