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.
All students will undertake modules with practical elements that are delivered in our kitchens and food production areas. In compliance with Food Manufacturing Regulations, no jewellery including exposed piercings are permitted in these areas. All jewellery including exposed piercings (but with the exception of a single, plain wedding ring, wedding wristband or medical alert jewellery) must be removed before entering these spaces.
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 having obtained a PgDip in Dietetics qualification and also current registration with the HCPC. If your PgDip wasn't undertaken at Cardiff Met, you will need to submit an RPL form, so you can transfer your PgDip credits.
Health Boards in Wales are currently working together to provide Experience Days for prospective students who frequently enquire about work experience days. This has been a requirement in the past for applying for PgDip in Dietetics and it is anticipated that it will be in future admissions cycles. However we would highly recommend you to attend, unless 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:
29 March 2023 – Details
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.
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 for PgDip Dietetics:
Applications are scored on the basis of the personal statement, work experience, references and credits. Successful applications are invited to an interview. Please be aware that there are limited places and you may be placed on a waiting list if all available places have been already allocated.
We only offer conditional places. The following conditions need to be met before Induction Week, in September:
- Provide copy of your official final transcript from your undergraduate course.
- Obtain a clear enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. Please find more details
- Undergo an Occupational Health Screening, arranged by the University.
Please note: Applications remain open until the course reaches maximum capacity. Applicants who submit an application, but who don't provide all compulsory documents, will not be considered.
Selection Procedure for MSc Dietetics:
Successful applicants will be required to obtain a clear enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check. Please find more details
here. Applicants who have obtained their PgDip out of Cardiff Met will need to submit an RPL request to transfer the credits prior to enrolment.
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.
Due to the nature of the programme, we are not able to consider international applicants. We welcome applicants from the Republic of Ireland, as they are considered as Home applicants for fee purposes. Please check our Fee Status Assessment
here for further information.
How to Apply:
Please visit our
How to Apply pages for further information, as well as our
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