The MSc in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is a full-time programme, designed for graduates who wish to develop expertise in areas ranging from the promotion of nutrition and health throughout the lifespan through to the management of clinical nutrition in community, primary care and acute settings.
Moreover, practitioners in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and the other health and social care professions, as well as practitioners in sport and exercise science have a need for evidence-based expertise in nutrition, health promotion and clinical nutrition so that they can manage clients and patients in a manner that permits optimal client/patient outcomes.
At the end of the programme, students will have developed the integrated scientific, clinical, psychological, communication, multidisciplinary team working and professional proficiencies that underpin a career in clinical nutrition and dietetics. The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics aims to train graduates eligible to apply to the Dietitians Registration Board (CORU) for registration as a dietitian.
What you need to know
Where is the course located?
What is the length of the course?
2 Years Full-time
When can I apply?
You can apply today
When does the course start?
Application Closing Date
Open for an application
Number of Places
Fees and Funding
Non-EU Tuition Fees
Living Costs per year
Features and Benefits
- The expanding older population requires nutritional care to prevent and manage lifestyle-related conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, frailty, sarcopenia and osteoporosis.
- Public health nutrition, government health promotion agencies.
- Academic, nutrition and medical research (public and private sectors).
- The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics aims to train graduates eligible to apply to the Dietitians Registration Board (CORU) for registration as a dietitian.
- Clinical nutrition industry (product development, marketing, consumer information).
- Clinical nutrition & dietetics (hospital and community dietetics).
How to Apply
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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:
- Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
- Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
- 2 letters of recommendation
- A copy of your passport
- Personal Statement
- Extra requests for certain courses
Minimum entry requirements
• Applicants should hold a second class honors degree (2.1 or 2.2 in exceptional circumstances e.g. extensive prior clinical experience) or higher in science e.g. biochemistry, food science, human biology, human nutrition, nutritional science, pharmacology, physiology, in health sciences e.g. medicine, nursing or a health and social care profession or in sports performance science.
• Prior qualifications should include evidence of study of human biochemistry and physiology or other relevant degree discipline from a recognized university.
• Good communication skills are essential. Candidates may be interviewed.
• Two references should be included with the online application, one of which should be an academic reference and one an employment-related reference.
• Garda vetting is required, prior to undertaking practice placements.
• All students must attend UCD Student Health Services for pre-entry screening and must be compliant with Irish Immunization Guidelines. All costs associated with health screening and vaccination must be met by the student.
• In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
• Please note, the closing date for applications is June 30th.
• IELTS: An average score of 6.5 over all components and a minimum of 6.0 in each band on the Academic Version.
- A minimum score of 600 in the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), with Test of Written English at 475+
- A minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (Ibt) with a score of at least 20 in each section.
• Pearson English Language Text: Minimum of 63 and at least 59 for each item in the Communicative Skills section.
• Temporary measure for 2020 ONLY (Response to Covid 19): For students affected by testing center closures due to COVID-19, UCD has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake. The minimum requirement will be a DET score of 110.
Special Entry Requirements
Graduates with the MSc Clinical Nutrition Dietetics are well placed to gain employment in the following sectors and agencies:
• Clinical nutrition & dietetics (hospital and community dietetics)
• Public health nutrition, government health promotion agencies
• Clinical nutrition industry (product development, marketing, consumer information)
• Sports nutrition
• Teaching opportunities (second or third level)
• Academic, nutrition and medical research (public and private sectors)
• Private practice