Dietetics Masters - MSc

The MSc Dietetics degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. It enables graduates with a PG Diploma in Dietetics who are registered with the HCPC to complete a 60 credit dissertation module.

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.

Please note: Application deadline for the Postgraduate Diploma Dietetics is Friday 29th January 2021. Application deadline for the MSc is the end of August 2021. 

​Course Content​​

During the programme students undertake a research project. This is usually undertaken within their work environment within the NHS.  Many students undertake Service Improvement Projects within their Dietetic Departments.

MSc Dietetics: 

The dissertation consists of four elements.  There is a protocol, extended literature review, journal paper and reflective statement.

Year One: 

September – Induction

October – Protocol Submission

November – Feedback on Protocol Meeting

February – Extended Literature Review Submission

Late February – Feedback on Literature Review

May – Journal Paper and Reflective Statement Submission

June – Exam Board

Exit with MSc at Exam Board in June. 

Learning & Teaching​

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. All students have previously undertaken a Research Studies Module which is available as a resource.

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


All aspects of the dissertation are assessed, and double marked. All M Level modules are double marked. All the modules are externally assessed. All modules need to be passed to gain the MSc award.

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 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.

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 Experience Days are: 

  • Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board

  • University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

  • 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 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.

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. 

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

The Welsh Health Minister has a responsibility for NHS Wales workforce planning and for the training and development of healthcare professionals in Wales. As part of that responsibility, the University will be required to provide information on your progress during your studies. For those students who are not supported by the NHS Wales Bursary scheme, this information is anonymised as part of a statistical report which includes details relating to your progression in your studies and the outcomes that you achieve.

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 .

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

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 ​

Key Course Information

Approved by  
Health and Care Professions Council

Accredited by:
British Dietetic Association

Course Length:
One year full-time

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