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Studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics at the University College Cork

The MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics is an integrated postgraduate course which enables graduates with a BSc or MSc in Nutrition or equivalent degree to meet the standards of proficiency and professional competency so they are eligible to apply to the Dietitians Registration Board (CORU) for registration as a dietitian. The programme is delivered full-time over two calendar years.

 

The curriculum is based on standards set by the professional associations, the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI) guided by the Dietitians Registration Board (CORU) Criteria and Standards of Proficiency for Education and Training Programmes. The curriculum reflects current evidence-informed and research based educational theory and dietetics practice. The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, practice education and problem based learning tutorials.

 

Practice Education (clinical placement) comprises of 1,000 hours in placement spread throughout the programme in years 1 and 2 to facilitate the application of knowledge gained during the academic year. Practice Education is delivered through a partnership between the University, the Health Service Executive, and voluntary and private sector providers. Students will complete three compulsory placements in a variety of settings (hospitals, clinics, community settings) throughout Southern Ireland.

 

This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval. 


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Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Course Practicalities

This programme is full-time over three semesters per year, over two calendar years. The course content will be delivered in modules of between 5-30 credits. Students enrol in modules to the value of 60 credits in year 1 and 60 credits in year 2 , over a period of two calendar years. There will be 3 semesters per calendar year.

 

The first year curriculum will consist of a 60-credit curriculum distributed over three semesters. The academic curriculum will complement a clinical skills curriculum which will be delivered simultaneously. In addition, students will experience clinical work-placements which will be assessed as part of the clinical education for this programme.

 

Students will attend lectures daily with some time dedicated to independent learning, during semesters 1 & 2. Students will complete 28 weeks of clinical placements between years 1 and 2. Students need to engage in at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice to meet the professional requirements of the Dietitians Registration Board. Students will need to complete a research project of limited scope, relevant to the clinical profession of Dietetics in year 2. Clinical Placements will take place in the hospitals and adjacent community health organisation of the South /South West Hospital Group (SSWHG). Students may need to incur the costs of travel to hospitals in Cork City as well as hospitals of the SSWHG, when necessary; and incur the costs of accommodation during those placements. Students are generally allocated on a paired basis to placement sites. The Practice Education Coordinator will liaise with each student regarding the most appropriate setting for them. While every effort is to made to accommodate a student’s preference this may not always be possible or appropriate.

 

Why Choose This Course

UCC has a well-established suite of food-related BSc programmes, including a strong programme in Nutritional Sciences. The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork has a longstanding national and international reputation for provision of quality education in Food Science and Technology as well as in Nutritional Sciences. The School has state of the art teaching and research facilities, including a Food Processing Hall and a dedicated human dietary studies/clinical facility for nutrition research. Our academic staff members are internationally among the most highly cited scientists in their respective fields and contribute to the development of policies that improve public health, safeguard food safety and promote innovation and sustainability for the modern food industry. The School of Food and Nutritional Sciences is recognised for high quality, collaborative research in several aspects of human nutrition including vitamin D and health, maternal and infant health, diet and cancer, health effects of phytochemicals, bioactive ingredients, nutritional surveillance, and nutrition transitions.

 

The School has well-established research and education links with the Departments of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at both Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital. The proposed programme will build on these existing collaborations as we continually develop clinical research and educational excellence in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at University College Cork. The proposed programme primarily includes advanced modules in clinical nutrition and dietetics, using novel methods in teaching and learning, such as enquiry-based learning, projects and self-directed learning, to promote the development of professional skills in addition to academic learning outcomes. The programme will be offered in partnership by experienced academics and practitioners committed to helping students to develop the necessary skills to become an effective evidence-based dietetic practitioner.


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Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics?

By studying this course you have the opportunity to become a highly skilled, evidenced based clinician, who can use a range of resources and evidence to deliver safe and appropriate dietetic advice in clinical, community and other settings. During the course you build on a wide base of transferable clinical skills which may enable you to specialise in a specific area of Dietetics following successful graduation. This programme is not approved by CORU. However, UCC will engage with CORU to seek course approval.

 

Occupations associated with an MSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Dietitians are employed in a variety of locations, providing opportunities in areas such as:

  • Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (hospital and community dietetics)
  • Food Industry 
  • Public Health Nutrition (government health, promotion agencies)
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Private Practice 
  • Education 
  • Research (nutrition and medical research-public and private sectors)
  • Working overseas

 

Opportunities to work in research in Dietetics are expanding and students may use their masters as a stepping stone to doctorial study in the UK or overseas, or teaching in higher education.


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Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Requirements

 

  1. Candidates will hold a minimum Second Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8 or equivalent) or a postgraduate degree (Level 9 NFQ or equivalent). Applicants must have successfully completed human physiology and biochemistry modules (a minimum of 10 credits for each module are required) as part of the primary or postgraduate degree. Suitable degrees include: nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, biology, food science, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy.
  2. Applicants will be required to submit a personal statement, indicating their reasons for applying and stating their suitability to the programme.
  3. Two references should be included with the online application, one of which should be academic and one professional.
  4. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview on the basis of educational qualifications, CV, references and relevant work experience.
  5. All applicants accepted onto the programme will need to have evidence of appropriate vaccinations for working in hospital environments.

 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

 

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

 

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

 


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University College Cork


Location: Cork Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Irland
South-West Region
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 13.09.2021

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 12130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Cork

Field of study

Medicine & Health Sciences, Science & Mathematics

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - 13.09.2021

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 2 years

Tuition fees EU: 12130 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: no information

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