University of Gothenburg

Food and Nutrition

Food and nutrition is a third-cycle subject focusing on people’s encounters with food studied from a multidisciplinary perspective. The importance of diet for health promotion and to prevent illness is central, but aspects such as the environment and performance are also dealt with. Food and nutrition includes studies of, among other things, day-to-day behaviour, choices made and habits of individuals and those responsible for diet. This may involve both meals and diets as a whole. Learning, work with change and the thoughts, attitudes and perceptions of individuals concerning diet also represent important starting points for research.


The requirements for admission to third-cycle courses and study programmes are that the applicant meets the general and specific entry requirements and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme.

General entry requirements

A person meets the general entry requirements if he or she has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 higher education credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle. Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

Specific entry requirements

The applicant is required to have satisfied the requirements for courses, comprising at least 90 higher education credits in the subject of food and nutrition or in another subject of relevance to food and nutrition activities, in order to meet the conditions for specific entry requirements. To meet the entry requirements, the applicant is required to have an independent project (degree project) within these 90 higher education credits, comprising at least 15 second-cycle higher education credits.
Eligible applicants include those who have acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

General syllabus

The general syllabus regulates third-cycle studies in the subject in question. The following sections are included in the syllabus:

  • Title of qualification and teaching and research duties
  • Aims of the study programme
  • Entry requirements
  • Admission, selection and assessment criteria
  • Programme disposition and content
  • Supervision
  • Individual study plan
  • Transitional provisions

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