Nutrition and Household Economics

Brief Description

Nutritional Science and Household Economics – Course of Study
The German discipline of 'Ökotrophologie' is focused on Nutritional Science and Household Economics.
Its course of study approaches human nutrition and sustenance from both a scientific as well as an economic approach. More information can be found in the brochures on career choices in Employment Offices.

"Study Where Others Spend Their Holidays"
Kiel's Nutrition and Household Economics graduates have excellent chances in today's employment market due to the practical, application-oriented nature of the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences' program of studies. Professors and students work closely together in the pursuit of academic goals. The city of Kiel and its surrounding area also have a lot to offer – beaches, sea, sailing, pubs, discos, theater, student parties and the well-known 'Kieler Woche'. In other words, students have the chance to study where other people spend their holidays.

Bachelor of Science (Duration: 6 semesters, 180 ECTS)

The course of studies consists of the introductory or basic study period, specialized study period, practicum and the completion of a Bachelor thesis.

B. Sc. - Introductory Study Period
The 1 ½ year introductory study period contains modules on the propaedeutic subjects and the fundamentals of all of the disciplines of Nutritional Science and Household Economics.

B. Sc. - Specialized Study Period
The B. Sc. Program's specialized study period requires students to select one of the following specializations:
   – Nutritional and Food Science
   – Nutritional and Consumer Economics

The planned new examination regulations and the corresponding module attachment can be found here.

Master of Science (Duration: 4 semesters, 120 ECTS)

One of the following programs must be selected in the master's program:
     – MSc Nutritional and Food Science
     – MSc Nutritional and Consumer Economics

The Master's program builds on the fundamentals acquired in the Bachelor program. At the end of the program, a scientific Master's thesis must be successfully completed.
The requirements for the acceptance into the Master's program are:
1. A Bachelor of Science Degree with a minimum grade of 'good' (2.5) that meets the requirements stated in the examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) in terms of its content, breadth and scientific standards.
2. Confirmation of the completion of a comparable course of studies and examinations in a related discipline. Students from related disciplines may be limited by the examination board with regard to their possible module choices.

Module course contents can be found here:
     – Nutritional and Food Science
     – Nutritional and Consumer Economics

Please note: provisional and not finally approved!

Professional Life

Career Perspectives
This wide-reaching and broad area of study leads to a wealth of career opportunities. Nutritionists and household economists are well-suited to carry out coordinating tasks within the interacting fields of science, sociology and economics. Many interesting career opportunities are to be found within the realm of nutrition and healthcare and beyond.

Opportunities Within the Private Sector
Nutritionists and home economists are sought after as nutritional consultants, in marketing, in product development as well as in quality assurance. Nutritionists and home economists carry out various duties within the food economy, pharmaceutical industry and the consumer goods and service sector in the areas of product development, quality assurance, marketing and PR, customer care as well as in market and consumer research. They hold management positions in large institutions and are sought after in journalism and in the media.

Associations and Organizations
Administrative or management positions for qualified nutritionists and home economists are to be found within various consumer, household, nutritional and health-oriented associations. (e.g. , consumer advocacy groups). As well, organizations such as UNICEF, E.U., FAO and WHO also
provide interesting career opportunities for those interested in nutrition in developing countries.

Public Service Sector
Public service requires, for the most part, a 1 to 2 year internship. This could possibly lead to the obtainment of teaching accreditation for vocational or technical schools or to a career in administrative or public service in public offices or ministries in the areas of nutrition, family, consumers, health and foreign aid.

Research and Teaching
Doctoral and post-doctoral degrees open doors to scientific research and teaching positions at universities, colleges and in federal or state research institutions.

Occupational Requirements
Today's job market requires university graduates to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, creativity and personality as well as organizational talent, the ability to work well in a team and excellent communication skills. In addition to these key requirements, one must also have the ability to recognize problems and solve them accordingly using the methods and theories acquired during one's education.
Candidates for management positions also require leadership skills and knowledge of foreign languages. The Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, therefore, promotes the internationalization of studies, thus promoting the mobility of its students and graduates in an increasingly united Europe. Its cooperation with numerous European universities within the framework of the ERASMUS / SOCRATES and TEMPUS programs has been fruitful for many years, providing students also with the opportunity to study abroad.

Further Information

Student Body Representatives
Agricultural and Nutritional Science students have their own student body representatives (Fachschaft). The 'Fachschaft' is comprised of elected students who represent the student body of the Faculty as well as volunteers. These representatives represent the interests of the students,
organize events (e.g. the first semester breakfast, camping parties, the farmer's ball) and offer student counseling and support, in particular to first semester students.

Mentoring Program
Upon enrollment, every student is assigned a mentor from among the student body. This mentor is there to provide answers to study-related questions.

General Information
Brochures on studying Nutritional Science and Household Economics can be found in the Dean's Office. (only in German available)

Bachelor of Nutritional Science and Household Economics (Brochure)
Nutritional and Food Science (Brochure)
– Nutritional and Consumer Economics (Brochure)

Study Abroad for One Semester
Kiel's Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences is pleased to have excellent ties to numerous European and international universities. Studying abroad expands one's horizons and enriches foreign language skills. Additionally, WISO offers the international European Master of