CEN - NWU

Successful candidates will register for a MSc in Nutrition (Qualification code: 8CW P01) or a MSc in Dietetics (Qualification code: 8DB P01) depending on their undergraduate qualification.  Students will be expected to do the structured degree option.

Master of Science in Dietics (Qualification code: 8DB P01)

Duration (Minimum and maximum):

The minimum duration for the study is one year and the maximum duration two years, calculated from the date of first registration for the particular programme. The faculty’s decision is based on the current subsidy model for universities and may differ from other faculties or regulations. Students who apply for an additional study year according to the Academic rules of the University, must note that it will have financial implications for them.

Admission requirements of the qualification:

A student who wishes to register for a Master’s degree must have acquired an honours degree or equivalent qualification in the applicable field as approved by the Senate.

Faculty specific rules and requirements of the programme

a) The student must be in possession of a four year B (Sc) Dietetics degree. It is also possible to be admitted to this degree with an Honours degree in Dietetics as approved by a postgraduate selection committee;

b) Students with a four year B(Sc) Dietetics degree should have obtained at least 60% in all of the third year Nutrition modules as well as in the research module;

c) The student should have obtained at least 60% in the honours degree;

d) STTN111 (Descriptive statistics) or an equivalent module must be passed;

e) Preference will be given to full time students;

f) Students to be registered for this programme must at the time of registration submit proof of immunisation against Hepatitis A and B, being administered during the previous 5 years;

g) In addition to faculty specific rules and requirements and to ensure that all elected post-graduate students can function at the same academic level, a compulsory introductory course in nutrition science must be completed. The course will take place over a fixed period at the beginning of each academic year, prior to the NWU registration deadline (dates will be communicated). Elected students must complete the course with a minimum of 60%, before final acceptance and commencement of the formal study program.

h) A participation mark as stipulated for the specific module should be obtained by the student in order to be admitted for examination.

i) A pass mark of 50% is required for all modules.

j) Students who did not complete a BSc Dietetics degree will be required to complete additional nutrition modules (non-credit bearing) on an ad hoc basis as determined by the postgraduate selection committee;

k) Selection by a selection committee starts on the 1st of October and is subject to the academic performance of the student. Students who comply with the requirements, will be invited to an interview;

l) Selection is subject to approval by the director and available capacity in the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition.

m) Calculation of the final mark: 50% modules and 50% research.

 

Outcomes of the qualification

After completion of this qualification the student will:

a) Be able to demonstrate advanced and specialist knowledge and insight with regard to the general scientific method of research with attention to the specific research methodology in Dietetics;

b) Demonstrate critical evaluation of existing theories and research methods relevant to the field of Dietetics, and application of theoretical knowledge and appropriate research methodology in various contexts;

c) Critical knowledge and understanding of the ethical and legal considerations applicable to research and the consequences of interventions on individual, group and community level; and

d) Demonstrate specialist knowledge and competence in the identification, analysis and evaluation of complicated problems in Dietetics, solve it systematically and creatively in an ethically appropriate manner, make theoretically grounded judgements by using the acquired data and information effectively, and clearly communicate (orally or in writing) results and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

 

Programme: Dietetics (Structured degree)

The students follow a curriculum consisting of three lectured modules and a mini-dissertation.

“Mini-dissertation” is a written piece, including a written report or one published research article or a couple of published research articles or unpublished manuscript(s) in article or chapter format, that is of a more limited scope than a dissertation and that is compiled for examination purposes in agreement with the regulations with regard to documentation, argumentation, language and style and that are evaluated together with answering prescribed examination questions, to determine whether a student is confident with the research methodology, and that is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for obtaining a Master’s degree at the university in accordance with the prescribed rules.

The programme is presented on a full time and part time basis and the closing date for applications is 30 September.

 

HSC.1.5 QUALIFICATIONS, PROGRAMMES AND CURRICULA

 

Qualification name

Qualification & Programme Code

Mode of delivery

Campus

NQF Level

Master of Science in Dietetics

8DB P01; G802P [C]

Full time / Part time

P

9

Master of Science in Nutrition

8CW P01; G802P [C]

Full time / Part time

P

9

Master of Science in Nutrition

8DA N01; G801P [R]

Full time / Part time

P

9

 

Dietetics

8CD R01; G901P

Full time / Part time

P

10

Nutrition

8CD R02; G901P

Full time / Part time

P

10

 

HSC.1.33.4.2.1 COMPILATION OF THE CURRICULUM: DIETETICS

Qualification- and programme code: 8DB P01: Curriculum code: G802P

Module code

Descriptive name

Credits

Compulsory Modules

NUTM872

Dissertation: Dietetics

96

NUTT811

Nutrition support of the paediatric patient

32

NUTC821

Nutrition support in critical care

32

Choice modules

NUTA811*

Evidence-based data interpretation

32

NUTE811*

Nutritional Epidemiology

32

NUTP821*

Public Health Nutrition

32

NUTG874*

Molecular Nutrition

32

NUTS877*

Sport Nutrition

32

Total credits for the curriculum

192

*Choice modules – select one (1) choice module

Master of Science in Nutrition (Qualification code: 8CW P01)

Duration (Minimum and maximum):

The minimum duration for the study is one year and the maximum duration two years, calculated from the date of first registration for the particular programme. The faculty’s decision is based on the current subsidy model for universities and may differ from other faculties or regulations. Students who apply for an additional study year according to the Academic rules of the University, must note that it will have financial implications for them.

Admission requirements of the qualification:

A student who wishes to register for a Master’s degree must have acquired an honours degree or equivalent qualification in the applicable field as approved by the Senate.

Faculty specific rules and requirements of the programme

 

The student must be in possession of a 4-year B(Sc) Dietetics degree, a relevant Honours degree or equivalent qualification as approved by a postgraduate selection committee. The student should have obtained at least 60% in the Honours degree;

b) Students with a four year B(Sc) Dietetics degree should have obtained at least 60% in all of the third-year Nutrition modules as well as in the research module;

c) STTN111 (Descriptive statistics) or an equivalent module must be passed;

d) Students to be registered for this programme must at the time of registration submit proof of immunisation against Hepatitis A and B, being administered during the previous 5 years;

e) In addition to faculty specific rules and requirements and to ensure that all elected post-graduate students can function at the same academic level, a compulsory introductory course in nutrition science must be completed. The course will take place over a fixed period at the beginning of each academic year, prior to the NWU registration deadline (dates will be communicated). Elected students must complete the course with a minimum of 60%, before final acceptance and commencement of the formal study program.

f) A participation mark as stipulated for the specific module should be obtained by the student in order to be admitted for examination.

g) A pass mark of 50% is required for all modules.

h) The final decision of whether the student will be admitted to the mini-dissertation or the dissertation in Nutrition lies with the postgraduate selection committee;

i) Non-nutrition students who did not complete a BSc Dietetics or BSc Nutrition degree will be required to complete additional nutrition modules (non-credit bearing) on an ad hoc basis as determined by the postgraduate selection committee;

 

j.)Selection by a selection committee starts on the 1st of October and is subject to the academic performance of the student. Students, who comply with all the requirements, will be invited to an interview;

k) Selection is subject to available capacity and approval of the director of the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition.

l) Calculation of the final mark: 50% modules and 50% research.

 

Outcomes of the qualification

After completion of this qualification the student should be equipped:

a) with specialist knowledge and skills to identify a relevant research problem within the field of Nutrition;

b) to plan and execute a suitable quantitative and/or qualitative research topic in a scientific and ethical way, using suitable research methods, techniques and procedures; to interpret the research findings in a scientifically accountable way;

c) to compose a research report on it in the form of a dissertation or article format;

d) with critical knowledge and understanding of the ethical and legal considerations applicable to research and the consequences of interventions on individual, group and community level; and

e) to play a leading role in nutrition care in South Africa.

 

Programme: Nutrition (Structured degree)

The students follow a curriculum consisting of three lectured modules and a mini-dissertation.

“Mini-dissertation” is a written piece, including a written report or one published research article or a couple of published research articles or unpublished manuscript(s) in article or chapter format, that is of a more limited scope than a dissertation and that is compiled for examination purposes in agreement with the regulations with regard to documentation, argumentation, language and style and that are evaluated together with answering prescribed examination questions, to determine whether a student is confident with the research methodology, and that is presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for obtaining a Master’s degree at the university in accordance with the prescribed rules.

The programme is presented on a full time and part time basis and the closing date for applications is 30 September.

 

HSC.1.32.5.2 Curriculum: Nutrition

HSC.1.32.5.2.1 Compilation of the curriculum: Nutrition

Qualification and programme code: 8CW P01: Curriculum code: G801P

Module code

Descriptive name

Credits

Compulsory Modules

NUTM872

Dissertation: Nutrition

96

Choice modules

NUTA811*

Evidence-based data interpretation

32

NUTE811*

Nutritional Epidemiology

32

NUTP821*

Public Health Nutrition

32

NUTG874*

Molecular Nutrition

32

NUTS877*

Sport Nutrition

32

Total credits for the curriculum

192

*Choice modules – select any three (3) modules

UG

  • A good first degree (at least a second class lower division) in a relevant field of study at the University of Ghana or any recognized University.

For more details in respect of Admission requirements, applicants are advised to contact the various Departments/Schools/Institutes/Centres for additional information on the various programmes.

  • For purposes of assessing an applicant’s eligibility, he/she may be required to take an entrance examination and/or interview at the Department/Institute/School/Centre.

 

Specific Entry Requirements for Dietetics

Applicants must have a good first degree in a related science course including Dietetics, Nutrition, Food Science, Home Science, Biochemistry and Biological Sciences.

Short-listed applicants will be interviewed for selection and may be required to take an examination.