BSc (Hons) Dietetics

Dietetics focuses on the management and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders at an individual and population level.

This course prepares you for work as a dietitian. In addition to placements within the NHS, this course also offers other practice-based opportunities with voluntary organisations. These experiences enable you to put what you have learnt into practice and often as a stepping stone to your first job.

Why QMU?

  • The course is taught by experienced registered dietitians and other staff 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.
  • There is some shared teaching in Years One and Two with our BSc/BSc (Hons) Applied Pharmacology, BSc/BSc (Hons) Human Biology and BSc/BSc (Hons) Nutrition, meaning you could change course any time up to the end of Year Two.
  • In addition to placements with the NHS, other practice-based opportunities with voluntary organisations are offered throughout the course.
  • Final year honours projects are applied and practically relevant.
  • 100% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018*


* QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data


About the course

Dietetics focuses on the management and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders at an individual and population level.

The course is a scientific programme of studies that takes you through a clinically and practically focused study of disease, health, food and nutrition. The course prepares you for work as a dietitian in a variety of settings.

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 food in health, together with human physiology, genetics and biochemistry. You will also develop skills in communication, computing, information technology, data collection and analysis.

In Year Two, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the concepts relating to health and nutrition further, 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 NHS Scotland.

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

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills which will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision-making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.




This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a research project in Year Four.



Year One modules

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Health and Society
  • Cell Biology & Human Physiology
  • Interprofessional Education 1
  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Key Investigative Skills 1
  • Microbiology

Year Two modules

  • Communication and Facilitation of Change
  • Food Science
  • Immunology
  • Integrating Module 2
  • Interprofessional Education 2
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Systems Biology
  • plus one clinical placement block

Year Three modules

  • Applied Nutrition
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Epidemiology and Health
  • Professional Studies
  • Public Health Practice
  • Therapeutic Dietetics
  • plus one clinical placement block

Year Four modules

  • Honours Project (research)
  • Research Communication
  • Research Process
  • plus one clinical placement block

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients and qualified staff. You will complete one 4-week placement in Year Two, one 12-week placement in Year Three and one 12-week placement in Year Four. Placements take place within the NHS at various locations across Scotland. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.


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 higher degree (MSc, MPhil or PhD).


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBCC

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 Eng at S/Int2/N5/ level
  • Normally Chemistry or Biology at A Level AND at GCSE we ask for Maths and Eng plus one other science (either Chemistry or Biology)

Mature/Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in biology and chemistry and /or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B. A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of the course (both academic and practice placement components) confers eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


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 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website

Course Overview

On campus
4 years
Start Date
September 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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