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What is Nutrition Science?

Studies in nutrition take into account public health and perspectives on healthy living and deals with, amongst other things, the nutritional needs of individuals that are healthy and unwell during various stages of life, the role and balance of nutrients in the human body, the quality of food based on health and risk, and dietary recommendations.

The studies are

  • Diverse
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Challenging
  • Theoretical and practical

Emphasis is placed on

  • Independence
  • Scientific methods
  • Solutions-oriented studies
  • Realistic projects

The MS degree programme is a 120 ECTS research project under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, lecturers and colleagues domestically and abroad. The scientific and technical research project is leading to new knowledge and innovation. All students enrolled in research and graduate programmes have the option of taking part of their studies abroad in collaboration with their respective supervisors.

Nutrition studies involve an active and interesting debate between teachers and students. An inquisitive, theoretical perspective prevails, encouraging both respect for the subject matter and vigour to tackle the many projects which nutrition studies face in Iceland and internationally.
The Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition aims to provide first-class teaching in nutrition studies and to carry out exceptional research in this academic discipline. The faculty is already one of the strongest research units within the university, measured per lecturer position.  

Importance

Studies in nutrition answer society's need for individuals with a specialised education to undertake important projects. Primary concerns include the safety and healthiness of food with the benefit, welfare and demands of consumers in mind. The fields of study are international. They deal with food and nutrition, both where there is too little food and people suffer from lack of it, and where incorrect or excessive consumption is damaging. The subjects take into account tradition and environmental issues and work towards realistic solutions for projects.

Studies in nutrition take into account public health and perspectives on healthy living and deals with, amongst other things, the nutritional needs of individuals that are healthy and unwell during various stages of life, the role and balance of nutrients in the human body, the quality of food based on health and risk, and dietary recommendations.

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