BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours)Nutrition & Exercise Science

Full Time
2019 CAO range:
        282 - 484
Cork Road
4 years
240 ECTS

What is the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science?

The BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science is a full-time, four year, honours degree course of study that can be chosen within the Exercise Sciences Common Entry Route. The Nutrition and Exercise Science pathway will give graduates the knowledge and skills to work with individual athletes and teams to optimise nutritional intake. They will also have the knowledge and skills to assist the general population in following healthy eating guidelines and achieving a healthy body weight. The final two years of the programme will be built on a broad-based exercise science education in physiology, biomechanics, psychology, nutrition and dietary assessment, physical activity, strength and conditioning and exercise programming.

At the end of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  • Assess the specific nutritional needs of various athletic populations

  • Undertake a comprehensive dietary intake analysis

  • Assist athletic populations in altering dietary intake and dietary planning to optimise performance, during training and around competition

  • Assist the general population in following healthy eating guideline and achieving a health bodyweight

  • Advise on the use of supplements

  • Assist athletes, coaches and the general public in distinguishing fact from fiction with reference to the nutrition research literature

Programme features


Laboratories and apparatus available for practical classes and research projects include human performance laboratories, a DEXA body composition analyser, resting metabolic rate gas analysis system, dietary analysis software and ActivPal physical activity motion sensors.  Certain classes are delivered in the teaching and laboratory facilities of the WIT ARENA


Staff in the Department have experience providing nutritional support to athletes and teams. This includes staff

  • Acting as Tournament Nutritionist for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2017

  • Providing nutritional support to an elite intercounty GAA team


A 16-week work placement will offer supervised experience in a nutrition and exercise environment. 

Research and Project Work

Students in the programme have an opportunity to experience the full research process culminating in the completion of a dissertation on in the final year of the programme. Students will benefit from exposure to the nutrition and sports nutrition PhD research, at MSc and PhD level, ongoing in the Department including:

  • low carbohydrate diet, endurance performance and health

  • influence of making weight on health in professional jockeys

  • relative energy deficiency (REDS) in athletes and effects on health

  • bioactive foods and performance in athletes

Students in the programme have an opportunity to experience the full research process culminating in the completion of a dissertation on in the final year of the programme.


REPS Ireland recognised fitness instructor awards are built into the programme, including Fitness Instruction, Group Fitness Instruction and Personal Training that can be obtained by the end of year 2.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The programme combines classroom teaching, tutorials with practical experience through exercise science laboratories and work experience. Assessment approaches utilise continuous assessment, practical examinations, group work and written examinations.

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
Fitness and MovementSport & Exercise Biomechanics 1
Functional Anatomy & KinesiologyIntroduction to Exercise Psychology
Promoting Physical ActivityBiochemistry & Cell Physiology
Research & LearningStrength & Conditioning
Human PhysiologyData & Measurement
Introduction to Sport PsychologyBusiness for the Exercise Professional
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Teaching for the Exercise ProfessionalExercise Physiology
Exercise Prescription for Program Design IResearch Methods & Statistics
Nutrition 1Nutrition 2
Motivational InterviewingGroup Fitness Instruction
Physical Activity InterventionsExercise Prescription for Program Design II
Sport Psychology & Skill AcquisitionPositive Psychology
Year 3
Semester 5Semester 6
Applied Sport and Exercise PhysiologyApplied Sports Nutrition
Assessment for Nutritional StatusFood Components & Health
Pathophysiology of DiseaseFood Technology and Safety
Sport and Exercise NutritionMajor Project in Nutrition and Exercise Science 1
Weight Management Nutrition for the Life Cycle
Choose 1:
*Exercise as Medicine 1
*Exercise Psychology in Practice
Year 4
Semester 7Semester 8
Work Placement in Nutrition & ExerciseErgogenic Aids in Sport & Performance
Major Project in Nutrition and Exercise Science 2
Professional Practice and Social Media
Sports Nutrition for Special Populations
Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology
Exercise as Medicine 2

Leaving Cert: Minimum entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science:

2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Mathematics: O6/H7

How to apply for the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science:

The entry route for this programme is from WD006 BSc (Hons) in Exercise Sciences (Common Entry). Applicants who select degree option WD006 ESN (Nutrition and Exercise Science) are guaranteed a place in that programme, subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided about their degree option should choose WD006 GEN.

At the end of semester 3, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.

Advanced and Equivalent Entry for the BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science:

Career Opportunities for BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science graduates:



Follow on Study for BSc (Hons) in Nutrition & Exercise Science graduates:

Opportunities exist within the Department of Sport and Exercise Science for post graduate study through either taught Masters programmes or research degrees at Masters and Doctoral level. 

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