Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

This new four-year integrated master’s course will give you the theoretical understanding and practical skills that you will need to build a rewarding career as a dietitian. Practice placements are an integral part of the course and allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.

Dietetics is a fascinating field that focuses on the management and prevention of nutrition-related disorders at an individual, group and population level. Dietitians are the only regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutrition-related problems at an individual and wider public health level.

This is a four year integrated undergraduate master’s course. Students commence the course with a view to graduating with a Master of Dietetics (MDiet) in four years. Years Three and Four will be taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the postgraduate Pre-Registration course. From year 2 onwards a small number of students may be transferred to the BSc (Hons) Dietetics route if they do not meet the requirements of masters level learning. These students are still eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitan.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies and staff profiles.


Why QMU?

  • QMU is a leading provider of courses in dietetics and nutrition. The Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences subject area has an established reputation for high quality teaching and research. As such, you will be taught by experienced Registered Dietitians, Registered Nutritionists and Biological scientists who are professionally and research active. Their applied research and professional links inform the teaching on the course keeping it up to date with current thinking in the field.
  • The course enable students to develop the theoretical knowledge required to work within the practice setting. The course includes three practice based placements where students can develop the required practical skills to work as a Dietitian. Placements take place across Scotland in a range of health and social care setting and within third and voluntary sector organizations
  • Throughout the course there is an emphasis on developing student’s communication, team working, and leadership skills whilst offering the academic and personal support to help individuals fulfill their potential.
  • The course is structured in such a way that students complete sufficient academic credit within the four years of study to be awarded a masters degree (MDiet) We pride ourselves on the courses we deliver and among students on our current Dietetics course there was 100% student satisfaction (Source: QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data) 



About the course

Dietitians have the opportunituiy to work in a diverse range of settings including but not limited to health and social care settings, private practice, the food industry, research related roles and government advisory roles.

Dietetics is a fascinating field that focuses on the management and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders at an individual, group and population level. Dietitians are the only regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutrition-related problems at an individual and wider public health level.

There are many strands of knowledge that you will master on your way to a career as a Dietitian. This course has been carefully structured to integrate theoretical study in different fields with the practical experience to develop the skills required to work as a graduate dietitian.

In Year One you will study a range of modules that provide you with the fundamental knowledge, principles and concepts that underpin the practice of dietetics. You will be introduced to the role of the dietitian, the role of food in health, human physiology, genetics and biochemistry. You will also develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills. In Year One students are invited to begin to engage in our peer-mentoring scheme, which provides additional support during the transition to university life.

In Year Two you will continue to develop your academic study skills and further develop your knowledge and understanding of the concepts relating to health and nutrition, while beginning to integrate biological and social sciences. In addition, in Year Two, you will undertake your first practice placement block. This will consist of two weeks on campus and two weeks within the Scottish health and social care setting.

Year Three develops your knowledge and communication skills further, begins to have a more applied focus and is more clinically orientated. This helps to prepare you for your second practice placement block (12 weeks duration) within the health and social care sector in Scotland.

Year Four provides you with an opportunity to reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt on your placement at the end of Year Three. It also allows you to undertake an individual research-based project in order to develop your knowledge and skills in this area. You will also undertake your third and final placement block (12 weeks duration) within the health and social care sector in Scotland.




This is a four-year, full-time integrated master’s course. You will complete a range of modules each year and a research project in Year Four. Students will complete 600 SCQF credits across the four years of the course, enabling them to graduate with a Master of Dietetics (MDiet). Depending on the academic performance of students in the early years of the course the students may be asked to or have the option to transfer to a BSc (Hons) Dietetics.  These students will complete 480 SCQF credits and like graduates from the MDiet, they too can apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and work as a Registered Dietitian.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outwith timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by a variety of assessment methods (eg written and practical exams, case studies, written assignments and presentations) at the end of each module or semester.

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 Year One

  • Physiology
  • Contextualising You and Your Profession
  • Food, Lifestyle and Society
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Food Science
  • Evidence-Based Practice

Year Two

  • Introduction to Dietetic Practice (Placement A)
  • Nutrient Metabolism
  • Behaviour Change
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Health Issues in the Community
  • Epidemiology in Public Health

Year Three

  • Essentials of Dietetic Management
  • Nutrition Through the Life Course
  • Dietetic Management of Long Term Conditions
  • Dissertation
  • Disease Aetiology and Management
  • Developing Dietetic Practice (Placement B)

Year Four

  • Consolidating Dietetic Practice (Placement C)
  • Dietetic Research Project
  • Innovative and Emerging Practice

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (June 2019) but are subject to change. Please check back here for any updates.  





Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory. You will complete around 1000 hours of practice-based learning delivered as one four-week placement in Year Two (two weeks on campus and two weeks in practice), one twelve-week placement in Year Three and one twelve-week placement in Year Four. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course in partnership with Health Boards in Scotland and other universities in Scotland which deliver dietetic education. Placements are randomly allocated to students as part of a Scottish wide allocation process. To enhance future employablity placements take place across a variety of health and social care settings in any of the Health Board areas across Scotland. It is therefore likely that students will have to relocate for at least some of their practice based learning unless they have individual requirements (eg specific health needs or school age children) that mean they must remain in a specific location. The additional costs associated with placement travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. Those student who receive SAAS funding may be able to claim for some of these expenses to be reimbursed.

Exchange opportunities



Most graduates elect to work within various healthcare settings, including the NHS. Others work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Some graduates apply for the opportunity to study for a further degree (MSc MPhil or PhD).


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard BBBC, Minimum BCCC

A Level: AB

Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 7.0 with no element lower than 6.5

Required subjects:

  • Normally Chemistry and Biology and preferably one other science (may include Maths or Home Economics) at Higher or equivalent AND Maths and English at Nat 5
  • Normally Chemistry or Biology at A Level AND at GCSE we ask for Maths and English plus one other science (either Chemistry or Biology)

Mature/Access: Related Access course — see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in Biology and Chemistry and /or relevant experience.

Direct Entry: A small number of places are available for direct entry to Year Two of the course. These applications will be considered on an individual basis but to ensure the applicants have developed the knowledge and skills acquired in Year One of the MDiet will typically include either:

  • A levels: ABBB which must include Biology and Chemistry (one of which must be at A grade), Health and Food Technology and one discursive subject e.g. History, Modern Studies, Sociology or English or
  • successful completion of year 1 of an appropriate BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree

Other Entry requirements:.

  • A satisfactory criminal records check from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme, an occupational health check and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are also required. You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
  • For students where English is not their first language they must provide evidence of appropriate English language ability i.e. a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 with no individual component less than 6.5.
  • The cost of the PVG check and the professional indemnity insurance is the responsibility of the student. Currently the cost of the Health Check is funded by the Scottish Government for Scottish students only, other students are responsible for this cost. This is however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of the course (both academic and practice placement components) confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The course is approved by the British Dietetic Association


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

On campus
4 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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