Dietetics - PgD

The PG Diploma in Dietetics degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association. It enables graduates with nutrition in the title of their degree to study dietetics so that they can apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian with the Postgraduate Diploma.

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 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: Applications for this course will close on 1st March 2022. 

​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.

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
Year One:
Term One (September - December)

  • Principles of Dietetics for PGs
  • Applied Research Methods and Design
  • Communication for PG Dietitians
  • Professional Studies
  • Food and 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 (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

Experience Days:

We are currently not able to offer experience days, due to covid-19 restrictions.

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.

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 (Personal Statement, one reference, transcript degree and Credit Summary form). 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 RPL page.

International Applicants
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.

Additional Information

Accredited by:
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 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 ​

Key Course Information

Approved by:
Health and Care Professions Council 

Accredited by:
British Dietetic Association 

Course Length:
Two years full-time 

Course Disclaimer
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