Master's track Nutrition and Dietetics

Are you a dietician and interested in becoming an academic dietician, combining dietetic practice and science? While there is no standalone MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics in the Netherlands, this exclusive master's track in Nutrition and Dietetics paves the way for success in your future carrier in this dynamic field.

This track within the master's Nutrition and Health (specialisation Nutritional Physiology and Health Status) aims to educate dieticians at an academic level. It offers thorough knowledge on energy- and nutrient metabolism, nutrition and disease throughout the life course, and on dietetic and nutritional research. It addresses the role of nutritional status, diet and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of both common and complex diseases requiring dietary interventions.

You will develop high-level research skills to design, conduct, interpret and implement evidence-based as well as practice-based dietetic and nutritional research. Dietetic skills, such as clinical reasoning and evidence-based dietetics, will be educated at an advanced level, and skills in nutritional assessment and clinimetrics will be further optimized. This master's track offers a unique mix of academic dietetics and knowledge that you obtain from other courses within the specialisation (including human physiology and design of intervention studies) and will educate you to combine dietetic practice and science in your future career.

Master Nutrition and Health

Why this track?

Gain in-depth knowledge in nutrition and disease, optimize your dietetic and research skills, and broaden your career outlook.

    • Opportunity to advance your in-depth knowledge and dietetic skills to MSc level.
    • Opportunity to develop high-level research skills to improve patient outcomes and to strive for optimal evidence-based dietetics within your career in clinical practice, education, industry, or government.
    • This master's track opens the door to a range of rewarding careers as an academic dietician.

Study programme of the master's track Nutrition and Dietetics

This track is a two-year full-time program developed for dieticians worldwide.  

In the first year, you will build a strong theoretical background and foundation for your expertise in academic dietetics. This programme builds on a successfully completed BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. The programme consists of (compulsory) courses focused on broadening or deepening your knowledge and skills. In preparation for your professional internship and future career, you can choose between the Academic Consultancy Training or the Bio-Tech-Med-Nutr Interdisciplinary Team Training where you will work on disease-related challenges together with master's students from other disciplines. For detailed information on the courses, please see the latest version of the study handbook or view the courses in the overview provided below. 


A study adviser will assist you in designing your personal learning path that may also include other courses from the master's Nutrition and Health.  

The second year of the programme includes an academic thesis (6 months) and internship (4 months). During the thesis period, you will work on a research question from dietetic practice. You will demonstrate that you operate at an academic level focusing on research design, execution, and interpretation. During the 4 months internship, you will apply your research skills and knowledge in e.g. a health care setting (hospital, institution, or community care), the industry or at policy level. 

Application and admission

Assumed knowledge for this track: BSc Nutrition and Dietetics with a GPA ≥7.0 and proof of English language proficiency. Find out more about the general Admission requirements and the application procedures

Research in dietetics can no longer be ignored. This track educates you to combine practice and evidence in your future career.
Prof. Marian de van der Schueren

Future career

By completing the master's Track Nutrition & Dietetics, you will develop advanced dietetic and research skills and become an expert in evidence-based dietetics and nutrition physiology and metabolism. 

Future Career Sector: University, Government (e.g., RIVM, NIvel), Research Institute, NGO (e.g., FAO, WHO), University of Applied Sciences (BSc Nutrition and Dietetics), Academic Hospital.  

Position:  Academic Dietician, PhD Candidate, Teacher, (junior) Researcher, Research Assistant.