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.
The dissertation consists of four elements. There is a protocol, extended literature review, journal paper and reflective statement.
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.
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.
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 www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Additionally, please note the mandatory document requirements that must be uploaded with your online application. Please visit our Compulsory Documents page for further information.
The Association of UK Dieticians
The NHS bursary scheme does not cover fees for students who submit a dissertation to gain the MSc in Dietetics.
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:
Tel: 029 2041 6884