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Nutritional Sciences

How do our eating habits affect our body? Is meat actually healthy? And what exactly are essential nutrients? If you are interested in these questions, this is the programme for you!
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Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
Key facts
Bachelor of Science
Admission restriction
with Numerus Clausus (NC)
6 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 272,80
Start of studies
Winter semester
Part-time possible
Faculty of Biological Sciences
Institute of Nutritional Sciences
Application & Deadlines

Programme content

Insect burgers… black ice cream… chocolate pudding fruit… Welcome to the age of crazy food trends! German food culture is becoming more colourful and diverse – and is also affected by social change. The origin of food is also becoming increasingly important to people when shopping. And hardly a day goes by where we don’t see tempting food pictures on social media. But what is actually in the food we eat? And what effects does it have on the human body? Where do we draw the line between healthy eating habits, overeating and undereating? Is a vegetarian diet better for you? These are just some of the questions covered by our bachelor’s degree in ‘Nutritional Sciences’ (Trophology).

During your studies, you will learn exactly how the interaction between nutrition and the human body works. You will deal with the composition of food right down to the individual ingredients and nutrients, which affect the metabolism of cells and entire organisms and influence our health and well-being. And things get even more complicated when an illness is thrown into the mix.

In addition to knowledge of foodstuffs and the effects of certain nutrients, our personal eating habits also play an important role. Although many people know that they are not eating healthily, for example, they still find it difficult to change their eating habits. The basic aspects of these psychological processes will also be taught and discussed in your degree programme.

You will need scientific and biomedical knowledge to understand some of the more complex concepts. This is the only way you will be able to learn all the important and sophisticated aspects of nutrition across various disciplines.


Student in seminar
Student in seminar
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)

A bachelor’s degree is the first professional qualification that can be obtained at a university. The standard length of the programme is six semesters, and different types of courses are offered for each module (e.g. seminars, lectures or practical classes).

If you opt for a single-subject bachelor’s programme in ‘Nutritional Sciences’, your education will be focused on one subject comprising 180 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit = 30 hours of attendance, preparation and follow-up work, private study, assessed coursework and examinations).

In the first and second semesters, you will be given a strong scientific and biomedical grounding in the subjects of microbiology, botany, zoology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular and human biology. You will then build on this foundation in the third and fourth semesters with content related more specifically to nutritional sciences, such as nutritional physiology and toxicology, biochemistry of nutrition, and food science. You will then apply the knowledge you have acquired up to that point in practical training related to nutritional sciences throughout the fourth semester.

Based on these experiences, you will be able to focus on topics of your choice in the fifth and sixth semesters with a wide range of advanced modules.

How might your degree programme shape up?

1st semester 2nd semester 3rd semester 4th semester 5th semester 6th semester
Basics of human nutrition
(10 ECTS)
Physiology of nutrients
(10 ECTS)
Practical Training
(30 ECTS)

Choice between six advanced modules (30 ECTS in total)


Choice between four advanced modules (20 ECTS in total)*

(5 ECTS)
(10 ECTS)
(3 ECTS)
Food Science
(10 ECTS)
(7 ECTS)
Biochemistry of Nutrition
(5 ECTS)

Cell and Molecular Biology

(5 ECTS)
Nutritional Toxicology
(5 ECTS)
(11 ECTS)
                            Bachelor’s dissertation
(10 ECTS)
Physics & Mathematics
(9 ECTS)

Abbreviations: ECTS = European Credit Transfer System 

* Advanced modules may be selected from three specializations that prepare students for master's degree programs or other advanced professional training: The directions include molecular nutrition science (research), applied nutrition science, and business administration.

You can find more detailed information in the module catalogue for the degree programmeExternal link.

Why study in Jena?

  • Lots of practical content: The bachelor’s programme in ‘Nutritional Sciences’ at the University of Jena covers a range of fundamental scientific concepts with a special emphasis on experiments.
  • Excellent teaching: The content of the degree programme is taught at the highest professional level using modern teaching methods, such as our practical training in nutritional sciences.
  • Outstanding research: The research de conducted at the Institute of Nutritional Sciences de revolves around several key areas, including the importance of metabolic changes in tumour development and the planning and implementation of human studies.
  • Close cooperation: You can benefit from our ties to internationally renowned research institutions based in Jena, such as the Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Hans Knöll InstituteExternal link) and the Leibniz Institute on Aging (Fritz Lipmann InstituteExternal link).
  • A world of possibilities: Experience our international flair!  Our University appeals to students and researchers from all over the world and helps to shape Jena’s character as a cosmopolitan city that is fit for the future – it’s the perfect place for international studentsmp4, 57 mb · de.
  • Adventures abroad: You can easily realize your dream of spending a semester abroad. We have a global network of partner universities.

A look behind the scenes

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Welcome to the Institute!de
The Institute of Nutritional Sciences is housed within a strong, interdisciplinary faculty on Dornburger Straße in Jena.

What can you do after your studies?

Career opportunities:

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Student in the laboratory
Image: Christoph Worsch (University of Jena)
  • Quality control and product development / marketing in the food industry
  • Academic and industrial research (usually after obtaining a doctorate)
  • Nutritional counselling (e.g. in a clinic); possibility of completing on-the-job training as a nutritionist
  • Areas of the public sector dedicated to life sciences and biomedicine, or in associations, the media or training and further education
  • Biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries

Postgraduate master’s programmes at our University

  1. Nutritional Sciences Master of Science
    • Faculty of Biological Sciences
All degree programmes

What are we looking for in prospective students?

  • A keen interest in biomedicine and life sciences
  • The willingness to work in an interdisciplinary context
  • Independent learning and organizational skills
  • Good knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and English

Admission requirements

  • University entrance qualification

    A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.

    More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.

  • Language requirement

    The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme.

    • good knowledge of the English language desired
Prof. Anna Kipp (Academic Advisor)

Telephone hours:
Fridays (9:00 – 11:00)

Office for Student Affairs and Examinations, Faculty of Biological Sciences
Student Representatives for Nutritional Sciences
Central Student Advisory Service

Office hours:
We offer consultations in person, by telephone, and via Zoom. You can make an appointment by calling us on +49 3641 9-411111 (Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 to 11:00) or outside these office hours on +49 3641 9-411200. You can also use our remote help desk.

Consultation hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (9:00 to 12:20), Tuesdays (14:00 to 18:00), and Wednesdays and Thursdays (14:00 to 16:00).

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Student Service Centre

Opening hours:
Mondays (10:00 – 12:00)
Tuesdays (13:00 – 15:00)
Wednesdays (10:00 – 12:00)
Thursdays (13:00 – 15:00)
Fridays (10:00 – 12:00)

You can also use our remote help desk at
or send us your enquiries by post.

Telephone hours:
Mondays to Fridays
(9:00 – 11:00)

Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
07737 Jena

International Office - International students

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