Master of Science Degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management (M Sc(DFSM))

Updated on 11 Jun, 2015

Master of Science Degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management (M Sc(DFSM))

Minimum Duration: 2 Years
Maximum Duration: 5 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 27,000
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


B Sc Home Science with specialisation in Food and Nutrition, Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition
PG Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition or its equivalent
Graduate (B Sc) or equivalent (MBBS, BHS etc.) from any of the following backgrounds: Home Science/ Food Science and Technology, Science, Health Care, Medical, Pharmaceutical Catering along with the DNHE or CNCC or CFN offered by IGNOU
(Simultaneous admission for CFN/CNCC also permitted)

MSc (DFSM) is a multimedia package, which includes print material and audio-visual material. The programme is multidisciplinary in nature. It draws knowledge from disciplines such as Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Sociology, Biostatistics, Food Science, Management, etc. In view of the above objectives and the nature of the programme, the courses so designed will help the learners:


  • Gain knowledge;
  • Develop critical abilities;
  • Offer scientific opinion on popular nutrition, dietetics and other related issues and controversies;
  • Acquire a basic grounding in research techniques;
  • Train and develop as a diet counsellor and nutrition/ health communicator;
  • Develop as institution food administrator or food service managers, and
  • Develop entrepreneurship skills


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First Year

CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MFN-001  Applied Physiology  4
 MFN-002  Nutritional Biochemistry  2
 MFN-003  Food Safety and Food Microbiology  2
 MFN-006  Public Nutrition  4
 MFN-008  Principles of Food Science  2
 MFN-010  Understanding Computer Applications  2
 MFNL-002  Nutritional Biochemistry -MFNL-002  2
 MFNL-003  Food Safety and Food Microbiology -MFNL-003  2
 MFNL-006  Public Nutrition -MFNL-006  2
 MFNL-008  Principles of Food Science -MFNL-008  2

Second Year

CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 MFN-004  Advance Nutrition  4
 MFN-005  Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition  4
 MFN-007  Entrepreneurship and Food Service Management  4
 MFN-009  Research Methods and Biostatistics  6
 MFNL-004  Advance Nutrition -MFNL-004  2
 MFNL-005  Clinical and Therapeutic Nutrition -MFNL-005  2
 MFNL-007  Entrepreneurship and Food Service Management -MFNL-007  2



Teleconferencing is a one-way video and two-way audio facility. Teleconferencing will be held every month. During teleconferencing session, you will get an opportunity to interact by phone in facility or fax with the resource persons/experts who participate in teleconferencing session and clear your doubts immediately. The teleconferencing facility will be available at the Regional Centre and Selected Study Centres. The teleconferencing schedule will be sent to the Programme In-charge and Regional Director who would inform the students. Teleconferencing is done through Gyan Darshan Channel. You must regularly attend these sessions. These will help you to clarify doubts and interact with other learners all over the country.

Radio Counselling


Radio counselling will be held through FM. and you can ask questions free of cost with phone in facilities right from your home. A toll free telephone number 110012345 has been provided for this purpose. 




The Programme will also be telecasted through DD metro channel and schedule will be informed to students in advance. 


Audio-video Programme


Audio and video programmes for each course have been prepared to support your learning. These Audio-video programmes in the form of cassettes are available at all Programme Study Centres. These Audio and video cassettes will be provided for viewing and listening. You can also hire the cassettes for viewing and listening. 




You will be required to complete seventy-five percent attendance in theory counselling to become eligible for appearing in Term-end Examination. Similarly, you will be required to complete ninety percent attendance in practical contact sessions to become eligible for appearing in practical examination.


Continuous Evaluation of Theory Component




Assignment is a means of continuous assessment of theory and practical. Assignments will help you to recapitulate the theory and go back to the text again in case you are unable to answer a particular question. Thus assignments also help to reinforce learning in distance learning system of education. These assignments consist of a set of questions and activities that you will answer at your own place by referring your blocks.


The assignments will cover all types of questions (long answer type, short answer type, objective type, multiple choice questions and case studies). The assignments will carry thirty percent weightage. You will be required to obtain fifty percent marks as pass percentage in each assignment separately. Each assignment will carry 100 marks. In the final result assignments will carry thirty percent  weightage. 


Term-end Examination


As stated earlier, term-end examination is the major component of the evaluation system and if carries seventy percent weightage in the Final result. The University conducts term-end examination twice a year i.e., in June and December. You can take the examination only after completion of the course, failing which you can take the same in December or June of subsequent years years within the total span of the programme. In case you fail to get a pass score in the Tern-end Examination, you will be eligible to reappear at the next Term-end Examination for that course as and when if is held, within the total span of the programme. 


Medium of Instructions: English


Name of the Coordinator: Prof Deeksha Kapur

[email protected]  29532302/ 29572960

Regional Centres: