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Human Nutrition and Dietetics, MSc

Course Details

Course Code: MSHNDITFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught

Fees: For Informtaion on Fees, see section below.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019

Contact(s):

Name:
School of Allied Health
Email:
schoolalliedhealth@ul.ie
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Brief Description

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.

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. 

Programme Aims

The MSc in 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.

Programme Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate mastery in the application of specialist knowledge in line with the required dietetic competencies as set out by the Dietitians Registration Board of CORU.
  • Understand the associations between nutrition, health and disease to enable the integration and application to the practice of dietetics.
  • Use an evidence-based framework to provide practical and holistic solutions to a range of changing and complex nutrition and dietetic issues in a range of settings.
  • Apply critical thinking in the dietetic assessment and management of individuals, groups and communities.
  • Exercise professional and ethical dietetic practice for individuals, groups and communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and in different environments.

The University of Limerick believes in the principles of social justice and aims to ensure that all applicants, students and staff are treated fairly and with dignity and respect in line with institutional policies

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 Year 1  
Semester 1 - Autumn Semester 2 - Spring Semester 3 - Summer
  • Nutrition Communication & Education
  • Preparation for Practice Education
  • Food & Nutrition throughout life
  • Dietetic Assessment & Practice
  • Food Science & Food Skills
  • Food Service Theory & Practice
  • Enquiry in Healthcare 2
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Nutritional Epidemiology & Translational Research
  • Clinical Nutritiion & Dietetics A
  • Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics B
  • Clinical Placement 1
  • Research Project 1
Year 2  
Semester 4 - Autumn Semester 5 - Spring  
  • Research Project 2
  • Public Health & Community Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics C
  • Community Placement
  • Innovation in Management for Health & Social Care
  • Research Project 3
  • Engaging through Complexity
  • Clinical Placement 2
 

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.

Applications must include:

  • Applicants must clearly state where the prerequisite subjects of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology 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.

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 – 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
  • 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.

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 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. As this is a new programme an application will be made to CORU in line with the current processes and procedures. This programme is based in the School of Allied Health which has a number of pre-registration programmes that are already approved by CORU.