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COURSE TITLE Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics








P.G.Dip. Diet.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

2 Semesters



Anna McElhatton

This programme has been designed to offer a focused learning and training experience in Dietetics. The course utilizes the B.Sc. (Hons.) Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences as the basis for this Postgraduate Diploma.

This intensive programme will give the student the training and skills base needed to practice safely and with proficiency.

The programme will provide the student with the skills set which will be developed gradually throughout the one year full-time course. The course will rely heavily on guided experiential learning in a Hospital setting. The ultimate deliverable is the opportunity to practice lawfully, safely and effectively embark on a career which provides the public with potential for improved quality of life and better health status.

The programme of studies extends over one year of full-time studies. Lectures and clinical placements are held in during the day.
LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of the postgraduate programme the graduate will have transformed the acquired knowledge and experiences into professional competence through guided clinical practice.

With the varied experience garnered in the one year intensive clinical programme, the student will recognize, analyse, and evaluate clinical issues in collaboration with other professionals or alone as the situation presents itself. This evaluative process will in turn facilitate the creation of tailored dietetic needs to manage a client's/patient's health status in collaboration with the rest of the healthcare team.

The sequential components of the course will cumulatively provide the candidate with the requisite competences to apply for registration with the local competent authority to (lawfully) practice as a Dietitian.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Opportunities in Dietetics and related careers will be available to the graduate. The Postgraduate Diploma may also provide opportunities for further training at other postgraduate levels to specialise in particular areas of Dietetics.
COURSE INTENDED FOR Students who have a completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours in Applied Food and Nutritional Sciences.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

(a) a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed suitable by the Board or

(b) a degree from this or another university which the Board considers as comparable to the degree indicated in paragraph (a).

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of being in possession of the licence to practice in the register of the profession concerned, as kept by the relevant regulatory council.

Applicants may be required to provide evidence of work experience following registration with the relevant regulatory council in the proposed area of study or area of specialisation, if applicable. The minimum number of years of experience required shall be indicated at the time of the call for applications.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted to the course is 5 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the course shall be considered first.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants may be required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit to undertake work related to clinical placements.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 17 January 2018
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