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Undergraduate

Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

This 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.

Why QMU?

  • You will be 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.
  • Learn real-world skills on placements within a health and social care setting and on other practice-based opportunities with voluntary and third sector organisations.
  • Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on developing communication, team working and leadership skills supported by academic and student services to help individuals fulfill their potential.

About the course

Dietitians have the opportunity to work in a diverse range of settings including health and social care settings, private practice, the food industry, research related roles and government advisory roles. 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 develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills. 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, when beginning to integrate biological and social sciences. You will undertake your first practice placement block. This will consist of two weeks on campus and two weeks within a 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 various health and social care sectors across 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 allows you to undertake an individual research-based project to develop your knowledge and skills in this area. You will undertake your third and final placement block (12 weeks duration) within various health and social care sectors across Scotland.

Structure

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 are taught alongside postgraduate students studying on the postgraduate Pre-Registration course. There is an option for students to transfer to a BSc (Hons) route at the end of year two and they will still be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitan.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in face-to-face or online lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside 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.

Below you can read about Teaching and Learning Activities and Assessment Activities. We believe this will give you a good indication of what the course will be like, but the exact balance of activities may differ depending on the academic year and on the modules you choose.

Teaching and learning activities

Our Teaching and Learning Activities are focused on building your confidence, developing your problem-solving skills and preparing you for a successful career. Here you can read about how much time you should expect to spend undertaking these activities for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and in some cases practical workshops or laboratories. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

• Year One: 22%
• Year Two: 16%
• Year Three: 19%
• Year Four: 2%

Independent Learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. You independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the Learning Resource Centre and the Hub.

• Year One: 78%
• Year Two: 73%
• Year Three: 81%
• Year Four: 42%

Placement

Courses with placements give you the opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to observe and work with a wide range of individuals and groups of people in diverse settings. Some courses offer placement opportunities in the UK and overseas.

• Year One: 0%
• Year Two: 11%
• Year Three: 0%
• Year Four: 56%

Assessment Activities

Assessment Activities provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject and receive feedback on your performance. Here you can read about how much of your final mark is based on each type of formal assessment for this course along with a general description of the activity for all courses.

Exams

Assessment by written examinations normally takes place at the end of each module or semester, but they may also happen during modules.

• Year One: 53%
• Year Two: 57%
• Year Three: 44%
• Year Four: 25%

Coursework

Coursework assessments take place in a variety of ways, including assignments, essays, reports, portfolios, project output and your level 4 Honours project. We aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 20 working days of the submission date.

• Year One: 37%
• Year Two: 15%
• Year Three: 48%
• Year Four: 43%

Practical

Practical assessments can include oral presentations, performance, practical skills assessment, costume design and construction, film making, lab work or clinical practical skills depending on the nature of the course.

• Year One: 10%
• Year Two: 28%
• Year Three: 8%
• Year Four: 32%

NB This data is based on activity undertaken by students during academic year 2018/9. Updates will be made shortly.

 

Modules

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 (April 2021) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. Please check back here for any updates.

Placements

Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory. You will complete approximately 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 12-week placement in Year Three and one 12-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 that 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. Students who receive SAAS funding may be able to claim for some of these expenses to be reimbursed.

Exchange opportunities

N/A

Careers

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: 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: 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. To ensure the applicants have developed the knowledge and skills acquired in Year One of the MDiet will typically include either:
• A levels: ABBB that must include Biology and Chemistry (one must be at A grade), Health and Food Technology and one discursive subject eg History, Modern Studies, Sociology or English or
• successful completion of Year One of an appropriate BSc (Hons) Nutrition degree.

Other 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 required. You may be requested to be immunised against Hepatitis B.
• The cost of the PVG check and the professional indemnity insurance are 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

N/A

Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of the course (academic and practice placement components) confers eligibility to apply 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’.

Please note: 

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

Delivery
On campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2022
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
B410

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