Dietetics - MSc/PgD 

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Course Overview

The programme utilises the expertise of the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, which has educated dietitians since 1962 at diploma and first degree level.

It is designed for men and women who wish to pursue careers in the field of dietetics and to extend their own academic studies to postgraduate or Masters level (M level).

Closed for September 2014 applications

Course Content

During the programme students are educated to be responsive practitioners, able to adapt to the changing needs of society. The course is designed to produce critically thinking and reflective professionals who have comprehensive theoretical knowledge, along with a spirit of enquiry and an analytical and creative approach to problem solving. A commitment to continuing education is also encouraged.

The MSc has two main elements:

Part One: The taught academic element, which has a modular structure, and three periods of practical training.

Part Two: Dissertation.

The taught academic part of the course contains six modules at Masters Level. In addition, students study supplementary modules in order to fulfil the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Year One:

Term One (September - December) - Masters Level:

  • Clinical Dietetics 1
  • Research Strategies in Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Professional Studies
  • Supplementary Level
  • Nutrition
  • Behavioural Sociology
  • Placement A (2/3 weeks: January)
  • Awareness of Dietetic Practice

Term Two/Three (February - June) - Masters Level

  • Clinical Dietetics 2
  • Community Dietetics and Contemporary Nutrition Issues
  • Professional Studies
  • Supplementary Level
  • Psychology of Behaviour

Year Two:

Placement B (12 weeks: July - September)
Building on Dietetic Practice

Reflection (at Cardiff Met: October/Nov)
Masters Level
Clinical Practice

Placement C (12 weeks: November - January)
Consolidation of Dietetic Practice

Reflection (at Cardiff Met: February/March)
Masters Level
Clinical Practice

Registration Examinations (March)

At this stage students can choose to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics with registration as a Dietician or complete year three:

Year Three (Starting April of Year Two):

Dissertation (Three Masters Level Modules)

At this stage students will exit with an MSc in Dietetics with registration as a Dietitian. Students who exit at year two with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics, who register as a Dietitian, can submit a dissertation within three years to gain the MSc in Dietetics.

Employability & Careers

Dietitians normally begin their career in the National Health Service where they progress to the main clinical grades. The opportunity exists for specialisation in various aspects of dietetics by means of post-registration education. In addition there are opportunities for dietitians to be involved in health education/promotion, education, research and journalism.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (1st or 2:1) in a scientific discipline with sufficient emphasis in physiology and biochemistry (30 credits in physiology and 30 credits on biochemistry). Students should have completed their degree not more than five years before their proposed entry to this Masters.

For 2015 entry all applicants will be required to have a Nutrition degree prior to entry.

Applicants who have a first or upper second class honours degree, which does not contain either sufficient biochemistry or physiology but not both, can undertake further relevant modules at undergraduate level, prior to applying for the programme.

Applicants who do not have sufficient biochemistry or physiology or who do not have a first or upper second class honours degree will need to undertake a further relevant course of study at postgraduate level, prior to applying for the course.

Applicants need to be EU Citizens due to the bursary provided to cover course fees.

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check. More details about these procedures can be found at

Conditional offers of a place need to be fulfilled by the end of August of the year of entry.

Key Facts

Approved by: Health and Care Professions Council

Campus: Llandaff

Course Length:
Postgraduate Diploma: Nineteen months full-time
MSc: Two and a quarter years full-time

Each module is assessed by examination and/or assignment. All the modules are externally assessed. The clinical training placements have to be successfully completed to proceed and graduate. 

Experience Days:
Health Boards in Wales are currently working together to provide Experience Days for locals who frequently enquire about work experience days. As this is a requirement in applying for the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics and MSc/PG Diploma in Dietetics programmes, Experience Days have been set up to accommodate this.

For those outside of Wales please contact your local Health Boards/Trusts who may have a similar system, or are able to provide work experience/voluntary posts. You won't need to attend an Experience Day in Wales if you have already received Dietetic experience elsewhere as the same information will be covered.

The Health Boards aim to provide two/three every year. The next work experience days will be held on:

Friday 17th October 2014 by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, Ystrad Mynach Hengoed; Wednesday 19th November 2014 by the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan; Wednesday 6th May 2015 by the Hywel Dda Health Board at Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire.

Please complete the attached booking form to reserve a place on one of the Experience Days. The Agenda for the particular Experience Day will be issued to attendees nearer the date which will also include programme and venue details.

If you have any further questions regarding the Health Board Experience Days please contact Robert Roderick –

Please note, these are not university open days. Details on open days run by the university which cover course and university information can be found at
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

NHS Bursary Statement
Students are normally eligible for NHS bursaries to cover course fees and means-tested maintenance for years one and two. The number of bursaries available is determined from workforce planning data.

Although the fees for years one and two are covered by the bursary, a one off payment is required for students who submit a dissertation to gain the MSc in Dietetics.

N.B. Closing date for applications: 17th January 2014, prior to the September of Admission. Additional information is required with the application form - see How to apply pages for details.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Rhiannon Harris:
Tel: 029 2041 6884

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website