Taught course

Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Supplements

Ulster University · School of Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must comply with the Ulster admissions policy for postgraduate students and also satisfy the University’s entry requirements or alternatively demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

PgCert/PgDip: Applicants must :(1) have gained (i)a BSc Hons degree or the equivalent from a recognised institution, (ii) or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; [and] (iii) a degree in biochemistry, biomedical science, human biology, human nutrition, food science, food and nutrition, physiology, pharmacy, pharmacology or other relevant science

(2) provide evidence of competence in written or spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) or an IELTS of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 (international students)

(3) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for an exemption against modules within the programme.

PgDip: Qualifications as above and PgCert in Nutraceuticals, Functional foods, and Supplements

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

There is a growing awareness of the important roles played by functional foods and components in the prevention of chronic diseases across many national and international jurisdictions. Globally, the functional food sector is valued at GB£46.2 billion (US$74 billion) and GB£37.45billion (US$60 billion) for the food/dietary supplements. Public interest in food and health is increasing with some surveys showing 95% recognition of the term "Functional Food". A major aim of the postgraduate course in nutraceuticals, functional foods and supplements is to provide a reliable and impartial appraisal of scientific and technological developments in the sector. The course is aimed at those interested in the relations between food, nutrition, and health, including health and allied professionals, the food industry and the general public.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
4 months
part time
9 months


distance learning
9 months
part time
18 months


distance learning
12 months
part time
20 months

Course contact details

Faculty Office
+44 (0)28 7012 4159