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.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics:
This 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 placements within the NHS. 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.
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. These include Psychology and Sociology.
Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics
Term One (September - December)
Principles of Dietetics for PGs
Applied Research Methods and Design
Communication for PG Dietitians
Food and Public Health
Professional Body Module: Health Sociology
Term Two (January - March)
Specialist Dietetics for PGs
Applied Research Methods and Design
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
Placement 2 – September/October 8 Weeks
Clinical Practice - 4 weeks November (in Cardiff Met)
Placement 3: December to March 14 weeks
Clinical Practice - 2 weeks May (In Cardiff Met)
Exit with Postgraduate Diploma at Exam Board in June.
Learning & Teaching
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The taught element of the programme involves 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 Masters modules are double marked. 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 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.
Health Boards in Wales are currently working together to provide Experience Days for prospective students who frequently enquire about work experience days. As this is a requirement in applying for the BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics and MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics programmes, Experience Days have been set up to accommodate this.
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 are:
- 20th January 2020 - Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board
- 29th April 2020 - University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
- 10th September 2020 - Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Dietetic Experience Day Application Form
To apply to attend one of the days listed above please complete the application form and return it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the form you will need to specify which Experience Day you are applying to attend.
Please only book a place if you definitely intend to attend.
If you book a place but cannot attend please let us know as soon as possible 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.
As it is not possible to provide placements for students from outside of the EU, it is not possible to consider international students for this programme.
Applications are scored on the basis of the personal statement, work experience, references and credits. Successful applications are invited to an interview in March each year.
Criminal Records Checks
For successful applicants, entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check. 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. Applications for the PG Diploma will be available from the October prior to the year of proposed entry with the closing date being in the January of the year of entry. 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.
If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met, you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the
The Association of UK Dieticians
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 Cardiff 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
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