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College of Health Sciences

BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Type Undergraduate
Credit Hours 130 Hours
Duration 4 Years
Language English
Study mode Full Time
Intake Spring, Fall
Delivery mode Day
Campuses Abu Dhabi


Human Nutrition and Dietetics is the application of the science of food and nutrition to the prevention and treatment of disease and promotion of health.  This combined nutrition and dietetics degree provides students with an understanding of the nutritional sciences for the application of treating nutrition-related disease by integrating knowledge and research into course work. The program is people-oriented, science-focused, and evidence-based.

ADU's Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree is a highly regarded degree that combines the academic and supervised practice experience to qualify graduates to become licensed dietitians in the UAE.  The program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level practice as dietitians, both at a national and international level. The curriculum is multi-disciplinary and encompasses a wide range of courses, including nutrition, food science, public health, physiology, management, research, dietetics, and other supporting courses.

The program is a four-year program of a total of 130 credits. It has an integrated supervised practice (Practicum) component of at least 1200 hours with affiliated organizations in the UAE, including VPS Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), and Mediclinic Al Noor Hospital, as well as regional medical centers. 

The program has obtained the UAE Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and allows eligibility to be licensed in the UAE to practice as a clinical dietitian.  It prepares students for successful careers in allied health or to continue their education with advanced degrees.

Program educational objectives and student outcomes

Tuition fees structure & calculation

Abu Dhabi

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Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.

The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.

Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and Fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University. Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and fee rates at any time. A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.

For more information, please click here to view the University's tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.

Career opportunities

There is a global demand for dietitians and nutritionists to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and advise people on health. Employment opportunities for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, which is a faster growth rate than the average for all other occupations.  A BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics can lead to a career working in a variety of roles within the fields of food, nutrition, and health.

The work setting where dietitians can work include:

● Hospitals or other health-care facilities
● Food and nutrition-related business and industries 
● Community and public health settings
● Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs
● Educational institutions 
● Private Practice/Consulting
● Research

Career prospects in the field of human nutrition and dietetics include:

● Clinical Dietitian
● Specialized Dietitian: Renal, Diabetic, Pediatric, Oncology
● Sports Dietitian/Nutritionist
● Medical/Nutritional Product Representative
● Food Safety Dietitian / Quality Control Specialist
● Culinary Dietitian
● Health Educator
● Community/Public Health Nutritionist
● Nutrition Educator: Schools, Universities
● Research Coordinator

Entry requirements

High School Curriculum
Minimum Grade*
Language Proficiency
MOE Advance 80% Academic IELTS 5.0
or EMSAT English 1100
or ITP (taken at Amideast) 500
or Internet- based TOEFL (iBT) 61
MOE General
Math & Physics grade of 90%
Required to take Remedial Physics offered by ADU
Level 3 in Maths & Physics
UAE Literary Streams High School (Before 2017) 90%
UAE Science Streams High School (Before 2017) 80%
**American / Canadian
(subjects are more Science & Math Oriented)
**British Curriculum or IGCSE / GCE
(Completed Year 13/Grade 12 of High School)
(Subjects are more Science & Math Oriented)
**Indian/Pakistani/Bangladesh 50%
**International Baccalaureate 24 points

Course outline

General Education
27 credit hours
Degree Requirements
29 credit hours
Major Requirements
43 credit hours
Research & Placement Requirements
31 credit hours