Human Nutrition and Dietetics MSc From University of Limerick

Program Overview

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, community and role-emerging 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.


  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee



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 Year 1  

Semester 1 - Autumn    


  • CT6071 Nutrition Communication & Education
  • PR6031 Preparation for Practice Education
  • CT6051 Food & Nutrition throughout life
  • CT6061 Dietetic Assessment & Practice
  • FT 6001 Food Science & Food Skills

Semester 2 - Spring

  • CT6062 Food Service Theory & Practice
  • ES6002 Research Methods for Education and Health Sciences
  • CT6072 Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • FT6002 Nutritional Epidemiology & Translational Research Methods
  • CT6082 Clinical Nutritiion & Dietetics A

Semester 3 - Summer

  • CT6003 Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics B
  • CT6013 Clinical Placement 1
  • CT6023 Research Project 1

Year 2  

Semester 4 - Autumn    

  • CT6041 Research Project 2
  • CT6053 Public Health & Community Nutrition
  • CT6033 Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics C
  • CT6043 Community Placement

Semester 5 - Spring    

  • CT6042 Innovation in Management for Health & Social Care
  • CT6032 Research Project 3
  • CT6052 Engaging through Complexity (PPP2)
  • CT6004 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, Manual Handling and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status

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.


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