Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dietetics

The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. It enables nutrition graduates to study dietetics so that they can apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian at Postgraduate Diploma or MSc level. The Postgraduate Diploma programme is closely aligned to the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme and contains three compulsory placements in NHS Dietetics Departments in Wales. Students exiting with the Postgraduate Diploma can return to undertake the dissertation within 5 years of starting the PG Diploma. The MSc Dietetics is undertaken in one academic year. Most students undertake the MSc Dietetics while working within the NHS.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: Applicants should have an honours degree (1st class or 2:1) in human nutrition, or a degree that includes nutrition in the awards title, with sufficient emphasis on physiology and biochemistry (50 credits in total required, with at least 20 credits in human physiology and 20 credits in human biochemistry). It is also preferable for candidates to have 10 credits in sociology and 10 credits in psychology, however this can be taken alongside other modules on the programme if successful. Students should have completed their degree not more than five years before their proposed entry to this PG Diploma. Applicants who have a first or upper second-class honours degree in nutrition, 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 a degree award in nutrition (1st or 2:1) but meet the requirements for biochemistry and physiology, will need to undertake a further relevant taught course of study to at least to postgraduate diploma level prior to applying for the course. Applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements. Gaining experience within a relevant setting is strongly advised due to the high calibre and volume of applications submitted each year. To enhance your application we recommend gaining as much experience as possible, for example, working as a Dietetic Support Worker, volunteering/working within a dietetic department, volunteering for related charities, or working as a Healthcare Assistant. MSc: Applicants should have a PG Diploma in Dietetics qualification and be registered with the HCPC. Applicants can apply to the MSc Dietetics course if they have studied for the PG Diploma in Dietetics not more than 5 years previously. Applicants who speak English as a second language must have adequate command of English, with an IELTS score of 7, with at least 6.5 in all elements.

Course modules

MSc: Modules include: Year One: Term One (September - December); Principles of Dietetics for PGs; Applied Research Methods and Design; Professional Studies; Public Health; Professional Body Module. Health Sociology. Term Two (January - March): Specialist Dietetics for PGs; Applied Research Methods and Design; Professional Studies; Clinical Science for PGs; Professional Body Module: Health Psychology. Term 3 (May-July): Placement 1 (6 weeks May/June); Clinical Science for PGs; Specialist Dietetics for PGs; Year Two: Placement 2 - September/October 8 Weeks; Clinical Practice - 4 weeks November; Placement 3: December to March 14 weeks. Clinical Practice - 2 weeks May; Exit with Postgraduate Diploma or continue to obtain MSc Dietetics. Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip: Modules include: Year One: Term One (September - December); Principles of Dietetics for PGs; Applied Research Methods and Design; Professional Studies; Public Health; Professional Body Module. Health Sociology. Term Two (January - March): Specialist Dietetics for PGs; Applied Research Methods and Design; Professional Studies; Clinical Science for PGs; Professional Body Module: Health Psychology. Term 3 (May-July): Placement 1 (6 weeks May/June); Clinical Science for PGs; Specialist Dietetics for PGs; Year Two: Placement 2 - September/October 8 Weeks; Clinical Practice - 4 weeks November; Placement 3: December to March 14 weeks. Clinical Practice - 2 weeks May; Exit with Postgraduate Diploma or continue to obtain MSc Dietetics.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on examination and/or assignment; all the modules are externally assessed; the clinical training placements have to be successfully completed to proceed and graduate. Including a dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 - 30 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 7,880 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 7,880 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 7,880 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 7,880 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2019 7,880 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Llandaff Campus CF5 2YB Wales

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