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Nutritional Sciences (M.Sc.)

Taught in German




As an interdisciplinary subject, nutrition science deals with various questions concerning human nutrition. What do individual foods consist of and what biochemical effect do they have in our bodies? What influence does nutrition have on diseases? How can changed eating habits prevent diseases? How can the quality of food be assessed? How do food ingredients act on a cellular and molecular level?
Our students acquire nutritional expertise during the Master's programme in Nutritional Sciences with the option of an individual focus in the areas of preventive and therapeutic nutrition or food science. They deal in depth with physiological and biochemical processes of human nutrition, with their disorders, the composition and analysis of foods and the functional mode of action of food ingredients.
The Master's programme in Nutritional Sciences is a consecutive programme that builds on an already acquired, relevant Bachelor's degree. Further information on admission requirements can be found in the category "Application".

Teaching and research is conducted in the areas of:

  • Human nutrition
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Food science
  • Nutrition in prevention and therapy
  • Nutrition and the immune system
  • Molecular nutrition research.
Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)


since 28 September 2007

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of studies 4 Semester 120 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

4 Semesters - 120 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

The course of studies will be revised for the winter semester 2022/23 and will probably be adjusted as follows

Composition of the Study Programme

The degree programme is composed of 20 modules:

  • 8 core (compulsory) modules with a scope of 6 credit points each.
  • 8 profile (elective) modules, each with a total of 6 credit points
  • a written Master's thesis with a total of 24 credit points.

Half of the course modules are compulsory (core modules), the other half of the course modules can be chosen from the entire range of courses offered by the department (profile modules).
The recognition of modules from other departments or universities is possible.
Individual specialisation is achieved by choosing the profile modules . The degree programme is successfully completed when all modules have been passed.

Composition of the Study Programme 2

Core Modules

  • Special biochemistry
  • Special human nutrition
  • Applied Nutritional Medicine
  • Practical course in nutrition physiology
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Pathophysiology and Nutritional Medicine
  • Food Technology and Molecular Cuisine
  • Food Science

By choosing certain specialisation modules, the following specialisations shown in the Master's degree certificate can be acquired:

  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Food Science


Internship (Optional)

Module MP 196 "Professional Internship" can be chosen as a profile module in all Master's degree programmes of Department 09 (corresponds to 12 CPs). This gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience and establish contacts in potential professional fields.



In the Master's thesis, students demonstrate that they can work independently on a concrete, delimited topic within a limited period of time.



Further Information

A description of the core- and specialisation modules can be found in the special regulations with module descriptions and module plans (in German)

More on this... ("Spezielle Ordnung")


Courses offered in the course catalogue


Commencement of Studies in the Winter and Summer Semester

Commencement of studies

Summer semester and winter semester

We recommend to start in the winter semester
Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance Requirements

The entry prerequisite for a Master’s degree course is a Bachelor’s degree with a relevant subject profile.
A relevant Bachelor degree course of a German university is:

  • Nutritional Sciences

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Home Economics/Ecotrophology must have passed the following (or equivalent) modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pathobiochemistry or Clinical Nutrition/-therapy
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Vegetable Food
  • Food of Animal Origin

See also the respective module descriptions of JLU Giessen's Bachelor's degree course in Nutritional Sciences.


In the context of the application and admission process the Examination Board may recognise other final degrees as equivalent on a case-to-case basis.

Application limited internally

Application for admission and registration

The intake capacity of this degree programme is limited by the university.

  • Applications must be received by the JLU Student Secretariat by July 31 for the winter semester and by January 15 for the summer semester. Read more...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Career Options

Career Options

Career Options

Nutritional scientists work in all fields of the food industry.

Other possible fields of activity include:

  • Food monitoring
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Education institutions  and care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Research

Doctoral Studies at JLU

Doctorate possible with a Master's degree for the degree Dr. rer. nat.


Graduate Centres

International Giessen Graduate Centre for the Life Sciences


International: incomings

Information about studying at Justus Liebig University Giessen (incomings)

International Office
General counseling of international students
Dr. Saltanat Rakhimzhanova, Patrycja Zakrzewska

Goethestr. 58, Room 38
35390 Giessen

Contact and office hours

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study

Broschure of faculty 09 (in German)

Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions

Any Questions?

Information- and advisory services of JLU can be found under the category “contact” on this page!


Subject Advisor

Subject Advisor

Prof. Dr. Uwe Wenzel
Institut für Ernährungswissenschaft
IFZ - Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32, room B113
35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0)641 - 99 39220

Office hours: by appointment


Central Study Advisor

Central Student Services

Directions and welcome desk