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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.

​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.

Assessment

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.

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.

​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. 

Assessment

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. 


Visit the Dietetics - MSc/PgD page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

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