Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics



Opportunities for further specialisation in specific fields are provided thanks to the wide range of elective subjects offered.


The growing scientific evidence that associates dietary intake with health has led to the necessity to produce well-qualified professionals in the area of Human Nutrition and Dietetics who are capable of making a significant contribution to the improvement of people’s health.

The Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the Universidad Europea del Atlántico provides a high-quality, up-to-date study programme that covers the full spectrum of professional areas in which a dietitian/nutritionist may operate. Opportunities for further specialisation in specific fields are provided thanks to the wide range of elective subjects offered.

The Faculty of Health Sciences boasts modern facilities that will enable the student to fully develop the practical competences targeted in the degree's learning outcomes. These facilities include technical laboratories (Biochemistry and Physiology, Food Science and Food Technology, Culinary Technology and Gastronomy) and a Nutritional Care Centre, where students will be given the opportunity to practise and develop their skills in an authentic, professional setting and thus experience their first contact with patients prior to undertaking their scheduled internships.


All the competences developed by the students of the Undergraduate Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics once completed their studies can be consulted in the link below:

Competences of the degree.

Career Opportunities


Nutrition/Dietetics graduates may choose to pursue a career in any of the following fields:

  • Clinical environment: intervening in the diet of individuals or groups,whether healthy or ailing (in the latter case acting on prior medical diagnosis),taking into account the psychological and/or pathological needs, as well as the personal, socio-economic, religious and/or cultural dimension of the patient undergoing treatment.
  • Community or public health: working with specific target groups of the population with a view to implementing measures aimed at preventing illness and promoting health.
  • Catering: managing and organising catering services, assuring the quality and wholesomeness of the food served. The ongoing training of the catering staff, as well as the planning of nutritionally balanced menus also come under the responsibility of the dietitian/nutritionist.
  • Industry: actively participating in the development of new food products and production processes, in food-related marketing campaigns, and in scientific and technical legal counselling of business entities.
  • Education: working as a teacher in state and private educational institutions in which study programmes related to food, nutrition and health are delivered.
  • Research: forming part of multi-disciplinary Research and Development teams, especially those focussing on food, nutrition and health.

Bilingual Education

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English, the key to your present and your future


English, the key to your present and your future

In today's world, one of the essential tools for international communication and the key that opens opportunities to finding a job, both in Spain and abroad, is knowing English.

In our country, 80% of the job offers already require a high proficiency of this language, and in many cases, this requirement is more important than personal and professional qualifications.

If is for this reason that the European University of the Atlantic places special emphasis on undergraduate students attaining proficiency in the language. From the first year on, students are encouraged to register for extra-curricular classes in preparation for successfully completing study of their regular subjects taught in English throughout their degree.

This way, regardless of their initial proficiency level, the language program based on tutorial support, specialized materials, and small classes, allows students to later follow their dual language (English-Spanish) courses in sequence so that they finish their degree having acquired a bilingual skill set that is applicable in their profession.

Engage in your profession

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UNEATLANTICO creates an authentic business environment


UNEATLANTICO creates an authentic business environment

The campus of the Universidad Europea del Atlántico is designed so that students can practise their profession from the first year onwards. The University offers modern and fully-equipped facilities that simulate the authentic business environments that students will experience upon completing their degree. There are laboratories for the study of Physiology, Food Technology, Languages, Food Science and Biomechanics, while dedicated facilities are provided for projects involving computing, business, nutritional assistance, psychological guidance and counselling, and translation and interpretation. In addition, the University also offers computer labs, a library, as well as radio and television production and post-production studios.

Faculty motivate students to become involved in campus life and guide them towards creating projects and developing ideas that enhance their professional development from the the very first year of their studies. The learning model is not limited to covering a syllabus, but intends to guarantee a solid theoretical-practical education in which students feel fully engaged in their professional area.

Furthermore, the University has signed numerous internship agreements with a wide range of business entities that complement formal university education and facilitate the development of the cross-curricular skills needed to break into the job market.

A true indication of the importance that the University places on innovation and knowledge transfer is the establishment of the Centre for Research and Industrial Technology of Cantabria (CITICAN). CITICAN is a scientific foundation through which RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) from the academic institution is channelled.


Once the student has completed the program, they will obtain a Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics as issued by the European University of the Atlantic.

Study Programme


First Year

General Chemistry and Chemical Analysis 6
Cell Biology 6
Human Anatomy 6
Biostatistics 6
Human Physiology I 6
Microbiology and Parasitology 6
Human Physiology II 6
Organic Chemistry 6
Biochemistry 6
Anthropology and Psychology of Eating Behaviour 6

Second Year

Nutrition and Metabolism 6
Nutrition and Dietetics 6
Food Science I 6
Physiopathology and Pharmacology I 6
Culinary Techniques and Gastronomy 6
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology II 6
Food Science II 6
Valuation of Nutritional Status and Body Composition 6
Public Health 6
Applied Dietetics 6

Third Year

Hygiene and Food Safety 6
Group Catering 6
Quality and Management in Food Companies 6
Diet Therapy I 6
Elective (EL) I 6
Production of Animal-Derived Raw Materials (EL) 6
Sports Nutrition (EL) 6
Food Allergy and Intolerance (EL) 6
Motivational Psychology (EL) 6
English Applied to Nutrition and Dietetics I (EL) 6
Epidemiology and Community Nutrition 6
Deontology and Food Legislation 6
Diet Therapy II 6
Internship I 6
Elective II 6
Hygiene for the Food Industry (EL) 6
Ergogenic Aids (EL) 6
Management of Group Catering Services (EL) 6
English Applied to Nutrition and Dietetics II (EL) 6

Fourth Year

Research Methods for Nutrition 6
Artificial Nutrition 6
Nutrition Education and Counselling 6
Dietetic Prescription 6
Elective III 6
Food Innovation and Design (EL) 6
Promotion and Prescription of
Physical Activity for Health (EL)
Sensory Analysis of Food (EL) 6
Conflict Resolution and Mediation (EL) 6
Functional Foods (EL) 6
Internship II 24
Final Project 6

Addressing diversity: For those students with SEN, the following Action protocol for students with special and educational needs will be put into effect, assessing the possibility of adapting the curriculum, schedules and alternative modes of study to their needs. 

Admission profile

This Degree is meant for people with clear professional and personal goals, who provide maturity and contribute to the mutual enrichment among their peers. It aims to provide a context in which applicants can develop a profitable long-term relationship with their peers, teachers, former students and the institution.

On a more general note, the applicants who want to study in this university must have the following traits:

  • Leadership: the university is interested in applicants qualified for teamwork, with self-confidence, initiative, able to work under pressure, great communication skills and a high sense of ethics.
  • Academic journey and professional motivation: the applicants must have finished their studies according to the Spanish university system within a reasonable period of time and satisfactory academic results. Previous work experience will also be considered a positive, same as any other complementary training that applicants may possess as relevant for the position.
  • Languages: considering the international and global aspect that the university wishes to have, being proficient in English is a valued requirement during the admissions process. Furthermore, students whose native language is not Spanish and want admission into the university, must certify that they have the required level to take the subjects in Spanish. Any other language will be considered a distinguishing feature during the admissions process.

Furthermore, students whose native language is not Spanish and want admission into the university, must certify that they have the required level to take the subjects in Spanish. Any other language will be considered a distinguishing feature during the admissions process.

Personal characteristics:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Global citizens.
  • Leadership capacity.

Educational goals:

  • A prestigious international institution.
  • A flexible study plan.
  • Innovative learning methodology.
  • Personalized education: small groups, tutoring system.
  • Practical approach aimed at the job market: seminars, conferences, internships.
  • Exchange programs with universities in other parts of the world.
  • Comprehensive training.

Apart from the general features of the students of this university, students of Business Administration and Management must have the following characteristics as related to the Degree:

Personal characteristics:

The following are guiding criteria that strictly follow the criteria of non-discrimination based on race, nationality, ideology, gender or religion. The following will be valued:

  • Interest for culture, both your own and others.
  • Intellectual curiosity and interest in reflecting about the value of political inter-cultural communication, discovering the background rules on how contemporary societies are organized and how international social agents interact and innovate in organizing and decision making.
  • Ease with oral and written expression.
  • International experience through travel and school trips.
  • Understanding ethics as the main engine of human decisions.

Academic characteristics:

The recommended academic profile reflects the admissions requirement as specified on this webpage. Furthermore, we are looking for an interdisciplinary profile that is inclusive and open to a variety of profiles, since we are aware of the assets this may offer.

This interdisciplinary, inclusive and open, profile refers to Secondary Education students who did not study a specific Bachelor’s field, since it is not a requirement for admission into the Degree. The diverse academic profile of students is considered instructive for the teaching-learning group.