Human Nutrition & Dietetics

Key programme benefits to future students
Graduates will demonstrate mastery in the application of specialist knowledge in line with the required dietetic standards of proficiency as set out by the Dietitians Registration Board of CORU.

Graduates will use an evidence-based framework to provide practical and holistic solutions to changing and complex nutrition and dietetic issues in a range of settings.

Graduates will apply critical thinking in dietetic assessment and management, exercising professional and ethical dietetic practice for individuals, groups and communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and in different environments.

Key Fact: The CORU Dietitians Registration Board has approved his programme.

Subjects taught

Year 1
Autumn Modules
• Nutrition Communication & Education
• Preparation for Practice
• Food & Nutrition throughout life
• Dietetic Assessment and Practice
• Food Science & Food Skills

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

Summer Modules
• Clinical Dietetics B
• Clinical Placement 1 AND Research Project 1

Year 2
Autumn Modules
• Research Project 2
• Public Health and Community Nutrition
• Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics C
• Community Led Placement

Spring Modules
• Innovation in Management for Health & Social Care
• Research Project 3
• Engaging Through Complexity
• Clinical Placement 2

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.

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

Due to limited places, applicants will be shortlisted according to academic merit, CV and Referee reports, prior experience and recent postgraduate studies where relevant. Applicants may be interviewed.

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


2 years full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates


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Graduate careers
Graduates will be eligible to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the world.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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