DT420 Programme Description A nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food and provides medical or health benefi ts, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Such products may range from isolated nutrients, dietary supplements and specifi c 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 scientifi c, technological and culinary 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. Career Opportunities A successful graduate of this programme will be qualifi ed 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 qualifi ed 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 across the EU. Opportunities will exist for graduates to extend their education either through taught or research programmes leading to higher degrees which may open up greater career opportunities in this expanding area of Irish industry. Programme Outline Year One Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Applications, Industry Studies, Communications. Year Two Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, Instrumental Chemical Analysis, Microbiology, Food Processing, Statistics. Year Three Nutraceutical Food Quality Control, Nutraceutical Product Development, Sensory Evaluation, Health and Safety and Culinary Skills, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Food Chemistry, Biotechnology, Medicinal Chemistry, Nutraceutical Microbiology, Shelf-Life Management, Food Process Technology. Year Four Advanced Nutraceutical/Food Microbiology and Biotechnology, Nutrition, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs, Functional Food Processing Aspects, Optional Module, Industrial Placement, Project. Entry Requirements Irish Leaving Certifi cate in six subjects including English or Irish and Mathematics, with two subjects on Higher Level papers. Ordinary Level C3 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Biology or an equivalent qualifi cation. The Institute considers applications from mature students (aged 23 years or over) who do not hold the appropriate minimum entry requirements.