Dietetics Masters - MSc/ PgD

Both the PgD and MSc Dietetics degrees are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are also accredited by the British Dietetic Association. 

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. 

Please note: Students must apply for and complete the two-year PgD before applying for the MSc

Masters in Dietetics:

The MSc Dietetics course is self-directed research with contact points with the tutor throughout the year.  Many students complete the Masters degree while working within the NHS so flexibility with contact is required. Eligibility for the course is a PG Diploma in Dietetics qualification and also current registration with the HCPC.

​Course Content​​

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics 

Year One:
Term One (September - December)
• Principles of Dietetics for PGs
• Communication for PG Dietitians
• Specialist Dietetics for PG Dietitians

 Term Two (January - March)
• Applied Research Methods and Design
• IPE for PGs
 • Professional Body Module: Health and Wellbeing (covers Psychology and Sociology)

 Term 3 (May-July)
 • Placement 1 (6 weeks May/June)
• Specialist Dietetics for PGs

 Year Two:
 • Placement 2 – September/October 8 Weeks
 • Contemporary Nutrition in Dietetic Clinical Practice- 4 weeks November (in Cardiff Met)
 • Placement 3: December to March 14 weeks
 • Contemporary Nutrition in Dietetic Clinical Practice- 2 weeks May (In Cardiff Met)
 • Exit with Postgraduate Diploma at Exam Board in June.

 MSc Dietetics
 This should be completed within two years of starting the PG Diploma in Dietetics

 The 60-credit dissertation has four assessments:

 • Protocol
• Extended Literature Review
 • Research Paper
• Reflective Statement

Learning & Teaching​

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. 

Contact hours for the course are high.

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. The methods of assessment include examinations, coursework, assignments, practical’s, work based placements, presentations All Level 7 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

For the PG Diploma in Dietetics:

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 (40 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.

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. 

For the MSc Dietetics: 

Eligibility for the course is a PG Diploma in Dietetics qualification and also current registration with the HCPC.

Experience Days:​

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 Dietetic Experience Days are:
12th October 2022 – Cardiff and Vale UHB

To apply to attend one of the days listed above please complete the application form and return it via email to On the form you will need to specify which Experience Day you are applying to attend.

Dietetic Experience Day Application Form

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. Many thanks for your co-operation.

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 on our Open Day pages.

Selection Procedure 

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. 

International Applicants
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. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

How to Apply:
Please contact the Course Director between May and August of the year of entry.  A 500 word summary of the proposed research will need to be submitted to the Course Director by September 1st 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 interesting in using credit from another institution or that obtained from qualifications 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 RPL page.

NHS Bursary & Financial Support

All healthcare students, including those who have not subscribed to NHS Wales Bursary which provides financial support for tuition fees and for some aspects of maintenance in return for their commitment to work in Wales after graduation, are eligible for support from NHS Wales in the form of reimbursement of clinical placement travel and subsistence expenses which may be claimed through the Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Services Placements Office. For further information on reclaiming placement expenses please contact

Please contact if you have any queries about funding, including student finance and NHS bursary. For further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme, please click here.

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries please contact the programme director, Rhiannon Harris: 

Rhiannon Harris.
Tel: 029 2041 6884 ​

Key Course Information

Approved by  
Health and Care Professions Council

Accredited by:
British Dietetic Association

Course Length:
PG Diploma in Dietetics - Two years Full Time
MSc Dietetics - One year full-time

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