Human Nutrition & Dietetics

The MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme offered at the University of Limerick (UL) is a Graduate Entry Masters of Science programme delivered over two years full-time. This innovative evidence-based interfaculty programme is an opportunity for honours graduates to pursue studies that will lead to them becoming competent nutritionists and dietitians working across a diverse range of environments to include the clinical, community and public health settings, hospital and private practices, food service management and food industry.

Subjects taught

Year 1

Semester 1 - Autumn
•Nutrition Communication & Education
•Preparation for Practice Education
•Food & Nutrition throughout life
•Dietetic Assessment & Practice
•Food Science & Food Skills

Semester 2 - Spring
• Food Service Theory & Practice
• Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences
• Medical Nutrition Therapy
• Nutritional Epidemiology & Translational Research
• Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics A

Semester 3 - Summer
•Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics B
•Clinical Placement 1
•Research Project 1

Year 2

Semester 4 - Autumn
•Research Project 2
•Public Health & Community Nutrition
•Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics C
•Community Placement

Semester 5 - Spring
•Innovation in Management for Health & Social Care
•Research Project 3
•Engaging through Complexity
•Clinical Placement 2

The CORU Dietetians Registration Board has approved this programme leading to the qualification title of Masters of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a second class honours primary degree (Level 8 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). Applicants must have successfully completed units/modules in Biochemistry and Human Physiology (NFQ level 8 or higher) as part of the primary or postgraduate degree or other relevant degree from a recognised University. Applicants must demonstrate in their application where these prerequisite subjects have been met (i.e. in what modules and how many credits). Candidates may apply to this programme in the final semester of an undergraduate programme and must produce evidence that all requirements for postgraduate study are met by the end of June in the year that the programme commences.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary. Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification, Manual Handling and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

Application dates

Applications must include:
Applicants must clearly state where the prerequisite subjects of Biochemistry and Human Physiology have been met (i.e. in what modules and how many credits) at (NFQ level 8 or higher) as part of the primary or postgraduate degree or other relevant degree from a recognised University. For Application pre-requisite form click here

Qualification transcripts and certificates (to include transcripts of the prerequisite units biochemistry and human physiology)

An up to date Curriculum Vitae

One page personal statement

2 references (one academic and one employment related)

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


2 Years Full Time

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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