Entry requirements

Applicants should have an honours degree (1st class or 2:1) in nutrition, or a degree which includes the subject of nutrition, 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 Masters. Applicants who have a first or upper second class honours degree, 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 sufficient nutrition, biochemistry and physiology, or who do not have a first or upper second class honours degree, will need to undertake a further relevant course of study at postgraduate level prior to applying for the course.

For successful applicants, entry is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check. For up to date entry requirements please visit our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme utilises the expertise of the Cardiff School of Health Sciences, which has educated dietitians since 1962 at diploma and first degree level.

It is designed for men and women who wish to pursue careers in the field of dietetics and to extend their own academic studies to postgraduate or Masters level (M level).

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. A commitment to continuing education is also encouraged.

The programme has two main elements:

Part One: The taught academic element, which has a modular structure and three periods of practical training. 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.

Part Two: Dissertation to obtain MSc Dietetics, which can be achieved straight after part one. On completion students can be awarded MSc Dietetics which also leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC to register as a Dietitian. Alternatively the dissertation can be taken after being awarded the Postgraduate Diploma, within 5 years of initial enrolment.

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.

Information for international students

This course is not suiable for international students.

Fees and funding

Students are normally eligable for NHS bursaries to cover the cost of course fees and means tested maintenance for years 1 and 2. The number of bursaries available are determined from workforce planning data.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations20
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation40 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Rhiannon Harris
+44 (0)29 2041 6884