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Dietetics - 2nd Cycle Study Programme

Study programme 2nd cycle

The master's study programme of Dietetics educates graduates to obtain the competences determined in the document European Academic and Practitioner Standards for Dietetics, issued by EFAD (European Federation of Associations of Dietitians).

They are used for various purposes and in the educational field represent a minimum framework of required knowledge, within which each curriculum of a study programme should be set. Three roles of dietitians have been established in Europe, as defined by the »European Academic and Practitioner Standards«, to wit:

  • Administrative dietitian, who works in the fields of food provision in a variety of institutions, foundations and in public processing plants. She or he cooperates in ensuring adequate and quality food for individuals or groups in health and disease.
  • Clinical dietitian is responsible for the nutritional care of people who are ill. She or he may be employed in primary care, as well as in hospitals, homes for the elderly, health spas, etc.
  • Public health dietitian is directly involved in the promotion of health, mainly on the local level. She or he prepares programmes oriented to appropriate methods of nutrition to preserve adequate or to improve poor nutrition and thus reduce health risks to the population due to poor nutrition.

A graduate of the master's study programme Dietetics has obtained basic knowledge of nutrition, supported by the contents of clinical subjects (diet therapy, nutriceutics, nutrigenomics etc.). Study also includes the field of social sciences (psychology of nutrition, knowledge of foreign languages etc.) and the study of research methods. Studies are completed with compulsory training in the working environment, which enables the student to transfer scientific knowledge into practice.

PROFESSIONAL TITLE Magister dietetike / Magistrica dietetike (mag. dietet.)

Study programme general data

2 years

120 ECTS

Lenght of study programme

Practical training

in the working environment

Training

Master's thesis

30 ECTS

Conclusion of study

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

A person may enroll in the study programme, who has:

  • Successfully completed a 1st cycle higher education study programme with at least 180 ECTS (study programmes adopted after 11.6.2004) of Nutrition Counselling – Dietetics or undergraduate study programme abroad comparable with it to the extent of at least 180 ECTS.
  • Successfully completed a 1st cycle university study programme with at least 180 ECTS (study programmes adopted after 11.6.2004) of Food and Nutrition or study programme abroad comparable to it to the extent of at least 180 ECTS.
  • Successfully completed a 1st cycle study programme with at least 180 ECTS (study programmes adopted after 11.6.2004) or higher education professional study programme (study programmes adopted before 11.6.2004) in the field of life sciences, the curriculum of which covers the fields: chemistry, biochemistry, physics or biophysics and microbiology. In the case of enrolment under this point, the elective subjects Processing Foodstuffs and Technology in Food Preparation with 6 ECTS and Nutrition and Dietetics with 6 ECTS are compulsory within the framework of study.
  • Successfully completed a 1st cycle study programme with at least 180 ECTS (study programmes adopted after 11.6.2004) or higher education professional study programme (study programmes adopted before 11.6.2004) in the field of health.
    In the case of enrolment under this point, the elective subjects Processing Foodstuffs and Technology in Food Preparation with 6 ECTS and Nutrition and Dietetics with 6 ECTS are compulsory within the framework of study.
  • Successfully completed the following university study programmes accredited before 11.6.2004:
    • Food Science, Microbiology and Biology at the University of Ljubljana (UL) Biotechnical Faculty,
    • Pharmacy at the UL Faculty of Pharmacy,
    • Chemistry at the UL Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, and
    • Two-subject studies of Housekeeping at the UL Faculty of Education.

In the case of enrolment under this point, the student has 30 ECTS recognised, to wit: elective content to the extent of 24 ECTS and the subject Research in Dietetics (6 ECTS).

In the event of limited enrolment, the following criterion will be respected in the choice of candidates:

  • Average grade of previous studies – grade for diploma 40%, average grade for studies 60%.

Curriculum

W - winter semester
S - summer semester

Requirements for progression to the next year

48 ECTS for enrollment in the next year.

Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“Undergraduate nursing study programme at UP FHS is very dynamic and varied. In addition to lectures, which give us the theoretical basis , newly acquired knowledge can be advantageously used in clinical training and later in our work. If you are interested in working with people and healthcare, this is the study for you!” - Mirko Ilić, Undergraduate Nursing Student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I decided to study dietetics because this field is very promising . Nowadays we are faced with the " obesity epidemic " and we could say that "We are what we eat". Also, this is the only study in Slovenia in the field of nutritional counselling. Studying on the beutiful Slovenian coast is just another plus. If you are interested in gaining knowledge for helping people achieving a healthier life style, than studying Nutritional counselling is right for you.” - Žan Virtnik, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I started studying at the Faculty of Health Sciences because I was attracted by the study programme Nutritional counselling - Dietetics . At first I did not know what competences and knowledge the degree in Dietetics will bring me, but shortly after visiting the Faculty for the firs time I decided that this was the right study for me. During the study I learned about the impact of food on the human body and why it is important to eat fresh and high quality food. I am satisfied with my decision and studying on the coast also has its charms.” - Nina Medved, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student

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