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Nutrition & Dietetics - Course Overview

Duration: 3.0 yrs |Mode: Regular|Avg. Fees: 50,000 / Year


About Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics is a field in medicine science that helps in keeps individuals fit. There are various programmes in this field that are offered at graduate as well as postgraduate levels. The programmes covers various subjects like human physiology and nutrients that are required by the body. Food technology and biochemistry are an essential part of the programme.

These courses enable individuals to create a diet plan and help individuals as well as members of an organization to follow a proper diet to keep themselves fit. There various opportunities in this field and a lot of scope for private clinics as well. 

Types of Nutrition & Dietetics Courses:

Name of the Course

Type of Course


Certificate in Dietetics

Certificate Course

1 year

Diploma in Diet Assistant

Diploma Course

1 year

Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics

Diploma Course

3 years

B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics

Undergraduate Degree Course

3 years

B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics

Undergraduate Degree Course

3 years

M.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics

Postgraduate Degree Course

2 years

M.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition

Postgraduate Degree Course

2 years

PGDM in Dietetics and Applied Nutrition

Postgraduate Diploma Course

2 years

PG Diploma in Dietetics

Postgraduate Diploma Course

1 year

PG Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health

Postgraduate Diploma Course

1 year

Nutrition & Dietetics Eligibility Criteria

Certificate, Undergraduate Diploma and Degree Courses:

  • Candidates can apply for undergraduate diploma, degree and certificates courses after passing class 12 board exams.
  • Admission to 3-year diploma programmes offered by some government institutes is done on the basis of state level entrance exam.
  • Admission to certificate and short-term diploma programmes is done directly after candidates have passed 10+2 exams.
  • For B.Sc. programmes, it is essential for students to study Physics, Chemistry, Biology till class 12.
  • Some of the institutes offer B.Sc. courses in Nutrition and Dietetics on the basis of entrance exams, however others conduct admission on the basis of marks secured by applicants in class 12.

Post Graduate Degree Courses:

  • Candidates who have pursued B.Sc. in this field with at least 45% marks can apply for M.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Admission to this programme is done on the basis of entrance exams. Some of the reputed institutes also conduct personal interviews to shortlist candidates for these programmes.
  • Direct admission without entrance exams and personal interviews are also possible at some institutes.
  • Post Graduate Diploma Courses:

  • Aspiring candidates can apply for PG diploma programmes after completing their graduation in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • ​Some of the institutes also offer this programme to candidates who have pursued diploma courses in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutrition & Dietetics Syllabus

Popular Subjects:

Principles of Nutrition

Quantity Food Service and Physical Facilities

Environmental Studies

Community Nutrition

Food Science

Fundamental Computer Concepts and Windows

Food Microbiology

Food Service Management

Human Physiology

Post-Harvest Technology



Family Meal Management


Food Quality Control

Food Preservation



Career Options and Job Prospects

With increasing urbanization and medical problems amongst working individuals rising, a need for proper nutrition is dire. Dietitians are gaining a lot of importance amongst the urban crowd as the young generation of India is realizing the importance of a healthy diet and value of getting proper nutrients.

Therefore, private dietitians and nutrition consultants are earning a lot of money in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. Hospitals also hire professionals in this field. A lot of corporate companies also hire nutritionists in order to keep their employees healthy and active. Following are some of the profiles that nutritionists and dietitians can seek:

  • Consultants
  • Food Show Host
  • Researcher
  • Therapeutic Dietitian
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Administrative Nutritionist
  • Nutritional Sales Executive
  • Nutrition Trainer

Salaries in this domain right after graduation varies from Rs. 1.5 lakh to Rs. 2.5 lakh. However, private practitioners can earn good money through clinics and proper advertisement i.e. up to Rs. 4.5 lakhs per year. Experienced professionals earn more money and can also apply for higher education abroad.