Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics
This four-year undergraduate Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics 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.
QMU offers two undergraduate pathways of study in Dietetics to achieve a recognised qualification. Initially all students register on the undergraduate master’s pathway and study together, then, from the end of the second year, students on the BSc (Hons) pathway follow a slightly different programme of study to those studying for the undergraduate master’s degree. On graduation, both pathways offer eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitian.
Please see the course structure on this page for more information on the benefits of pursuing the undergraduate master’s route rather than the BSc.
- Learn from experienced research active staff: You will be taught by experienced Registered Dietitians, Registered Nutritionists and other appropriately qualified staff who are 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.
- Practice placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory: Learn real-world skills on practice placements within health and social care settings and during other practice-based opportunities with voluntary and third sector organisations.
- Develop key skills that will help you work effectively with others: 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 fulfil their potential.
- Professional recognition and registration: The course is approved by the. On graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council HCPC as a dietitian.
Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics: The course in brief
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.
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.
On this course you will:
- meet the requirements to be able to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) at the point of graduation and practise as a dietitian;
- complete invaluable practice-based placements that will enrich your learning;
- be equipped to enter a career that gives you 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; and
- benefit from the inter-professional working focus of this course. We aim for all our graduates to be confident in their own professional identity and have the additional skills that will allow you to work as an effective multidisciplinary team member.
How will I be taught?
This four-year undergraduate Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics course will equip you with the expertise and practical skills that you need to work as a registered dietician in the private or public health and social care sector. You will thrive in our supportive environment, and benefit from placements each year along with practical experience in our specialist clinical facilities on campus.
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.
There are practice placements in Years Two, Three and Four, amounting to a minimum of 1000 hours of practice-based learning.
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 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 means they must remain in a specific location.
QMU offers a variety of modern spaces for use by both our Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics and MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration) courses. Students have access to chemistry and microbiology laboratories for practical science based classes along with a fully equipped teaching kitchen and sensors suite for food based classed. Practical rooms and a simulated ward environment are utilised for teaching and development of clinical skills. In addition students have access to appropriate equipment for completing nutritional assessments which is incorporated into teaching across all years of the course. QMU also has an allotment/community garden and students can also access and become involved in the community garden activities.
Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables
You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.
For more information, please also visit ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.
What will I learn each year?
- study a range of modules that provide you with the fundamental knowledge, principles and concepts that underpin the practice of dietetics;
- be introduced to the role of the dietitian, the role of food in health, human physiology, genetics and biochemistry;
- develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills; an
- begin to engage in our peer-mentoring scheme, which provides additional support during the transition to university life.
- Contextualising You and Your Profession
- Food, Lifestyle and Society
- Cell Biology and Genetics
- Introduction to Food Science
- Evidence-Based Practice
- 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; and
- undertake your first practice placement block. This will consist campus based learning, simulation activities and experience in the health and social care setting.
- Introduction to Dietetic Practice (Placement A)
- Nutrient Metabolism
- Behaviour Change
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Epidemiology in Public Health
- develop your knowledge and communication skills further. The course begins to have a more applied focus and is more clinically orientated; and
- be prepared for, and carry out, your second practice placement block (12 weeks duration) within various health and social care sectors across Scotland.
- Essentials of Dietetic Management
- Nutrition Through the Life Course
- Dietetic Management of Long Term Conditions
- Disease Aetiology and Management
- Developing Dietetic Practice (Placement B)
- reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt on your placement at the end of Year Three;
- undertake an individual research-based project to develop your knowledge and skills in this area; and
- undertake your third and final placement block (12 weeks duration) within various health and social care sectors across Scotland.
- Consolidating Dietetic Practice (Placement C)
- Dietetic Research Project
- Innovative and Emerging Practice
NB The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2023) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2024. Please check back here for any updates.
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).
Master of Dietetics (MDiet)/BSc (Hons) Dietetics: Entry requirements and application information
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
• 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 Maths and English plus one other science (either Chemistry or Biology) at GCSE. We can also accept National 5 Application of Maths or Lifeskills at the same grade.
Am I a Widening Access student?: We apply the minimum entry criteria to applicants who meet one or more contextual factor. To see if this would apply to you, please refer to the access and application page.
Mature/Access: We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in Biology and Chemistry and/or relevant experience. Visit our College Leavers and Mature Students Advice page for more information.
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.
- 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 (£18 or £59 depending on the level of clearance required*) 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 and other students are responsible for this cost. This is however subject to change should the Scottish Government change their funding policy.
- 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.
*Please note that cost is subject to change.
If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.
Terms and Conditions
The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).
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