Nutrition and Dietetics (BSc, 4 Years)
|Qualification Awarded||Nutrition and Dietetics (BSc, 4 years)|
|Level of Qualification||Bachelor Degree (1st Cycle)|
|Language of Instruction||Greek|
|Mode of Study||Full-time and Part-time|
|Minimum ECTS Credits||240|
Profile of the Programme
The aim of the programme may be summarised as: to produce, through well designed and appropriate courses, adequately trained and competent graduates who are equipped for the world of work in the 21st century and who can apply their knowledge of food and nutrition/dietetics for the benefit of individuals and the public health in general across Cyprus and/or their chosen country of practice.
The programme has both an academic (theoretical and practical) skills and a dietetic market orientation. It focuses on studying and analyzing the latest trends and developments in the science of Nutrition and Dietetics.
As a student on our Nutrition/Dietetics programme you will undertake three observation placements. They are all within the standards promoted by CyRBFSTD and the relative law (N31/(i) 96 and the code of ethics for professional practice by the Cyprus Dietetic and Nutrition Association. The observation placements could be in either an acute hospital or private clinic or a community setting or private settings or foodservice facilities.
During a 4-week placement at the end of 1st and 2nd year, the student will find out more about the working environment experienced by a dietitian, the way they work and the other health professionals they work with. You will start practicing some of the skills required. You will also undertake two six-week placements during the 3rd and 4th year, at the end of which the student will be managing his/her own small workload. The first placement will give the chance to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through the studies. The second placement is designed to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitudes, as well as to further develop them with more complex cases and situations. The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your programme, allowing gaining practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help the students to develop and learn.
Our Professional Training tutor will help organize your choice of placement and you will be visited by academic staff, normally three times, during your placement. Companies and institutes that can offer placements include pharmaceutical, food industry, health agencies.
A high proportion of our Nutrition/ Dietetic graduates will continue to work in the area, for example entering nutrition research institutes throughout the world.
In view of the growth of public interest in food and health, properly qualified nutritionists/ dietitians are highly sought after. They can be employed by consumer groups, food retailers, government and the food industry and others become food and health journalists.
Graduates in Nutrition/ Dietetics are eligible to apply for Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics or for MSc in Clinical Dietetics. Dietitians work in a variety of locations and in a diverse range of roles. Following graduation, most dietitians work in the private practice or in community and primary care. Many then go on to specialise in a particular area, such as diabetes, obesity, nutritional support or public health.
However, there are many other exciting roles including management, research and education or working freelance. Some go on to pursue further studies (e.g. MSc, PhD). Our graduates can work in health promotion. There are also attractive opportunities in the food industry, such as working for major food and supermarket companies, in research, and in education and the media. Our Nutrition/Dietetic graduates can have attractive career prospects in the food industry, health service, research, and in education and the media.
Our graduates will follow the standards of the Cyprus law for the registration of Dietitians (N31/I(96), and can be eligible to apply for registration to the Cyprus Registration Board for Food Scientist, Technologists and Dietitians (CyRBFSTD).
Access to Further Studies
There is a growing need in Cyprus for the discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Nutrition and Dietetics degree provides students with a curriculum well grounded in the basic sciences, with the practical application of the principles of health sciences to the science of Nutrition. The program is designed to meet the requirements for application to professional schools such as medical, dental, physical therapy, and other paramedical programs. This option also prepares students for postgraduate studies in Clinical Dietetics.
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades below are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.