Dietetics (BSc) — Dual study programme
At a glance
- Study programme
- Dietetics (BSc) — Dual study programme
- Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
- Type of programme
- Dual study programme (blended learning with e-learning modules)
- Standard Duration
- 9 semesters
- Start of study programme
- Winter semester
- Admission Restriction
- The programme has unrestricted admission. Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements.
- Admission Requirements
- University entrance qualification plus training contract and learning agreement with one of the cooperating dietitian training colleges
- Language of instructions
- Language Requirements
- For international students: DSH 2 level German language skills by the day of enrolment. At the time of application, a lower level is sufficient. Applications up to 30 April: B 1 or equivalent; applications from 1 May: DSH 1 or B 2 or equivalent.
- Specific Features
- Dual study programme: training at the Berufsfachschule für Diätassistenz (vocational training college for dietitians) and academic study at Fulda University of Applied Sciences
What Is This Programme About?
Is there such a thing as a “diabetes diet”? What can people who are lactose intolerant actually eat? What kind of nutrition is recommended for people with cancer? How can nutritional deficiencies be prevented? These questions of clinical nutrition are explored in depth during the Dietetics dual study programme. Demographic change means that there will be a greater demand for expert knowledge on diet and nutrition in future. The dual study programme qualifies students for independent and responsible roles in clinical diet therapy and nutritional counselling. Having completed the degree programme, graduates are in a position to develop, implement and review the effectiveness of strategies and concepts relating to dietetic issues. Internationally, dietetics is a field that is only open to people with an academic qualification. In Germany, entry to the profession is by state examination after three years of training at a special vocational college. The dual Bachelor’s degree programme offers students an internationally comparable basis that did not previously exist and is the first step towards an academic qualification for dietitians.
Why Choose This Programme?
Do you like working with people? Are you interested in science and nutritional medicine? Do you like cooking? Could you imagine working in clinical diet therapy and nutritional counselling? If so, the dual Bachelor’s programme in Dietetics is a good choice. The study programme is suitable for you if you have a (subject-restricted) university entrance qualification and are interested in studying nutrition and nutritional therapy and combining academic study with vocational training.
How is the programme structured?
Dietetics is a full-time dual study programme. The Department of Nutritional, Food and Consumer Sciences works with five state vocational training colleges for dietitians (dietetics college) to deliver the programme. The standard duration of studies is nine semesters. In the first six semesters, you complete your training as a dietitian at one of the cooperating vocational colleges in parallel to your study programme. In the last three semesters, you take modules from the areas of Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences, Dietary Counselling, Health Care, and Social and Cultural Sciences on a full-time, on-campus basis. The different modules build on one another. Theoretical knowledge and research methods are applied in case studies from clinical practice, and in project work you deal with a wide range of issues relating to practice. The work placement (internship) modules pick up on your training as a dietitian and are overseen by the University of Applied Sciences.
Where does it lead?
After successfully completing your study programme, you will be equipped to take on independent and responsible roles in diet therapy and nutritional counselling. You will also have the ability to develop concepts and strategies for putting scientific knowledge from nutritional medicine and dietetics into practice and reviewing their effectiveness.
Potential employers are primarily clinics and hospitals, rehabilitation centres and care homes, but they can also include health insurers, research institutions and manufacturers of dietary foods. Studying for a Master’s degree is another possible option for graduates of the programme.