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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 in a variety of settings. Broadly, graduates of the programme will build on a prior knowledge base of physiology and biochemistry and apply it to the role of food and nutrition in health and disease.

Students will undertake modules in the School of Allied Health (Faculty of Education and Health Sciences) and in the Department of Biological Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering). Students will undertake shared modules with other healthcare disciplines in the School of Allied Health through an interprofessional education model, thereby being exposed from the outset to an integrated multidisciplinary team approach to healthcare.

In addition to academic modules at UL, students on the MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics programme will complete 1000 hours of clinical and community placement over two years which includes a summer study period. Clinical placement modules will take place in a range of settings (tertiary and secondary hospitals, primary care, public health and food service establishments) and with patients of all ages. Placements may be based outside of Limerick.

The MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics aims to develop graduates who are able to:

• Establish therapeutic relationships with diverse populations through optimising the nutrition of communities and individuals, in a range of settings.
• Critique and apply evidence to patient assessment, diagnosis and nutritional management.
• Be competent in the prescription, delivery and monitoring of nutrition and dietetic interventions, based on an evidence-based and clinically-reasoned approach for the effective management of people with a range of conditions.
• Employ the principles of client centred practice.
• Collaborate with clients, colleagues and communities.
• Engage in continuing professional development.
• Use an innovative and creative approach to meet evolving service developments and healthcare needs.
• Conduct research and appraise the scientific literature to inform an evidence-based approach to research and practice.
• Integrate the ethical, social and cultural dimensions of healthcare within clinical judgement.

Entry requirements

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 the units Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and Human Physiology (NFQ level 8 or higher) as part of the primary or postgraduate degree or other relevant degree from a recognised University.

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 before entering the programme.

Applicants must also satisfy the English Language Requirements* of the University. The University reserves the right to shortlist and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

• Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
• Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
• TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
• IELTS – composite score 8 and not less than 7 in any one component.
• English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
• GCE 'O' level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
• University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
• GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C/Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6
Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.


2 Year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Graduates will be eligible to practice in Ireland and eligible for registration in other parts of the World. Graduates will be able to work 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. Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research institutions and academia. This programme is not approved by CORU. An application to seek approval will be made in the second year of course delivery.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Dr. Audrey Tierney

Application date

Application Deadline: Monday 16th April

How to apply
An application form must be completed online on the graduate school website. Relevant documentation can be uploaded to your application.
Postgraduate Admissions, Graduate School, Foundation Building,

University of Limerick, Limerick.
Phone: +353-61-234377 or 233729

Application procedure
• A completed postgraduate studies application form (online)
• Qualification transcripts and certificates (to include transcripts of the prerequisite units chemistry, biochemistry, biology, human physiology) including certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
• An up to date Curriculum Vitae.
• 2 written references (one academic and one employment related).
• English language qualification if English is not your first language.
• A copy of your birth certificate (long document).
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.

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