Nutrition and Dietetics Masters Degree

Dietetics Masters - MSc/PgD


Key Facts

Approved by  
Health and Care Professions Council

Accredited by:
British Dietetic Association

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length:
Postgraduate Diploma: Two years full-time
MSc: Two and a half years full-time (one year part-time for returning students with Postgraduate diploma in Dietetics)

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university.
See if you are eligible.


British Dietetic Association

Course Overview

The Dietetics masters degree 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 on a part-time basis to gain the MSc Dietetics.

September 2017 closed for 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.

The programme has two main parts; the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics: 

This part contains the  taught academic element, which is closely aligned to the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme and  three periods of practical training. On completion students can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics, which leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian.


Students can undertake the dissertation to obtain MSc Dietetics, which can be achieved straight after the Postgraduate Diploma element. On completion students can be awarded MSc Dietetics, which also leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian. Alternatively the dissertation can be taken after being awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, within 5 years of initial enrolment; this can be taken on a part-time basis.

The taught academic part of the course contains six modules at Level 7 (Masters). In addition, students study professional body modules (level 5) in order to fulfil the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association curriculum guidelines.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics

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.

Learning & Teaching​

​The taught element of the programme involve lectures, tutorials and practical work.  Tutorials are mainly case study based where students apply the theoretical knowledge gained in lectures to problem solve case scenarios.  Practical sessions are either food based, involve giving presentations or practice in consultation skills.  The practicals take place   in the specialist food facilities and the clinical simulation suite.

It is expected that students undertake independent reading and self-study; this is aided by the use of Moodle, the Virtual Learning Environment in use at the University.

In addition students undertake 3 periods of practical training in NHS Dietetics departments in Wales.   Full preparation is given prior to the placements and students are supported and visited during the placements by Dietetic Academic staff.

All students are allocated a personal tutor who offers pastoral support and guides the student through personal development planning.


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. 

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​ & How to Apply

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 Masters.
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.

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 experience days will be: 

Thursday 28th September 2017 at Betsi Cadwaldr Health Board, Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

Places are limited. Please download the booking form and return by 8th September 2017.

Tuesday 28th November 2017 at Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Friars Postgraduate Centre, Royal Gwent Hospital.

Places are limited. Please download the booking form and return by 15th November 2017.

If you have any further questions regarding the Health Board Experience Days please contact​

​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

Please only book a place if you definitely intend to attend this event.  If you book a place but cannot attend please can you let us know ASAP so that we can give your place to someone else.  A list of those who do not attend without cancelling their place will be provided to the Programme Director to be considered in the allocation of places on the programme.  Many thanks for your co-operation.

Selection Procedure: 

Applications are scored on the ba​sis of the personal statement, work experience, references and credits.  Successful applications are invited to an interview in March each year. 


Criminal Records Check

For successful applicants, entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service che​ck. More details about these procedures can be found at

Occupational Health Screening

In addition students must undergo occupational health screening; this is arranged by the University in induction week.  For further information click here.

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

How to Apply:

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. (You will need to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and, if successful, can proceed to the MSc at a later date.)  For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at  Additionally, please note the mandatory document requirements that must be uploaded with your online application.  Please visit our Compulsory Documents​ page for further information. ​

Closing date for September 2017 applications: 16th  January 2017.  

Additional Information

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
NHS Bursary Statement
Students are normally eligible for NHS bursaries to cover course fees and means-tested maintenance for the Postgraduate Diploma. The number of bursaries available is determined from workforce planning data.

The NHS bursary scheme does not cover fees for students who submit a dissertation to gain the MSc in Dietetics.

​Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales and Welsh domiciled medical and dental students within the UK. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Student Awards Services
6th Floor, Churchill House
17 Churchill Way
CF10 2TW

Bursary Enquiries - Tel: 02920 376854
Childcare Enquiries - Tel: 02920 196168
For more information on the NHS Bursary scheme and how to apply please click here.​

Contact Us

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

For students with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics who wish to undertake the dissertation to obtain the MSc Dietetics please contact the course director: 

Rhiannon Harris.
Tel: 029 2041 6884 ​


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