How do I become a Dietitian
There are two undergraduate courses and three post graduate programmes in Ireland providing students with a qualification which allows them to practice as a dietitian.
Please note there are currently no part time courses that will give individuals a qualification that will be recognised by the Statutory Registration Boards in either Ireland or the United Kingdom.
Membership of the INDI is open to all students who graduate from any of these degree programmes.
There is a reciprocal agreement in place between the INDI and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the USA. Any INDI member who has completed their dietetics training in the Republic of Ireland can apply to have their qualifications recognised by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to follow a path to practice as a dietitian in the USA.
BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Trinity College Dublin / Technological University of Dublin
This is a joint course between University of Dublin, Trinity College, and the Technological University of Dublin. Graduates are eligible for CORU Registration and to apply for membership of the INDI and the BDA.
BSc Hons Human Nutrition and Dietetics
University of Ulster
This course is available in the University of Ulster, Coleraine, Co. Derry. There are two possible options - Nutrition or Nutrition & Dietetics. Students wishing to undertake the dietetics option are interviewed at the end of Year 1 to assess the personal qualities and commitment to dietetics as a career. Dietetic Graduates are eligible for UK State Registration in Dietetics and are eligible for CORU Registration and to apply for membership of the INDI and the BDA.
In addition, a number of Post-graduate Masters programmes in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics are also available in Ireland:
MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
University College Dublin
This two-year Masters programme offered by University College Dublin provides an integrated professional education incorporating the clinical, communication and psychological knowledge and skills which underpin a career in clinical nutrition and dietetics. The programme generally enrols individuals with a minimum 2.1 degree in a health-related discipline, through a competitive application process. The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is a CORU-approved programme and graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the INDI and the BDA.
MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics
University of Limerick
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. The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics is a CORU-approved programme and graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the INDI and the BDA.
MSc Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
University College Cork
The MSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics in University College Cork 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 first intake of students to this new course was in September 2020 and graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the INDI and the BDA.