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You will become a specialist in basic and applied human nutrition by conducting research aimed at solving problems related to human nutrition and diet.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree in nutrition, or in a related field, or an equivalent degree.

The program director may require students to do qualifying coursework depending on their previous training.

Qualifying courses do not count toward program credits. Any coursework requirements will be decided by the director after reviewing the student’s file. 

Before the end of the second term, students must submit the name of a co-supervisor to the program director for approval. 

Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.00 out of 4.33 or the equivalent. 

French proficiency

The language of instruction at Université Laval is French. Hence, a good knowledge of written and spoken French is highly recommended. 

Applicants who have graduated from a non-French-language university and whose mother tongue is not French must submit official proof of their score on the International French Test (TFI) with their application.

This test is available worldwide. Applicants must have passed the test in the 12 months before they apply for admission.  Applicants must prove they have obtained a score of at least 860 out of 990 on the TFI or passed the course FRN-3003 Français avancé: grammaire et rédaction II. 

English proficiency

Although knowledge of English is not a prerequisite for admission, students must be able to read and understand texts in English to successfully complete this program; in many courses, specialized documentation is mainly, if not exclusively, in English. Students who are not proficient enough in English may have difficulty in their studies Students must inquire at registration about the language requirements for their courses and research work. Students must have a good understanding of English and take steps to improve their English proficiency during their program if necessary. 

Université Laval's School of Langugages has courses for students wishing to improve their French or English.

Language courses do not count toward program credits.

Research Areas

  • Biochemistry and physiology of nutrition
  • Human and clinical nutrition
  • Public health nutrition
  • Quality, measurement, and assessment of professional practice in nutrition
  • Quality of the food supply and favourable environments


For a full list of professors, please refer to the descriptions on the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences website giving their fields of research in nutrition.

A number of professors have an interest in supervising students under the agreement between UL and the CSC. Their areas of expertise and contact information are provided below.