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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 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.

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 and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

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:

•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 – Minimum score of 6.5* with no less than 6 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

•Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B

•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.

Duration

2 Years Full Time

Careers or further progression

Careers
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

Course Director
Dr. Audrey Tierney
Tel: +353 (0) 61 234232
Email: schoolalliedhealth@ul.ie

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
•Enquiry in Healthcare 2
•Medical Nutrition Therapy
•Nutritional Epidemiology & Translational Research
•Clinical Nutritiion & 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

Application date

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) including certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English

•An up to date Curriculum Vitae

•One page personal statement

•2 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.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

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