Undergraduate

Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

This new four-year integrated master’s course will give you the theoretical understanding and practical skills that you’ll need to build a rewarding career as a dietitian. Practice placements are an integrated 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 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.

NB This course is subject to validation

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

 

 

Why QMU?

  • You’ll 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 organisations.
  • Your final year project will be on an applied and practically relevant topic.
  • 100% satisfaction among students on our current Dietetics course (Source: QMU internal analysis of unpublished NSS 2018 data)

About the course

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’ll need to 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 graduate dietitians.

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, information technology and academic study skills.

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 the Scottish health and social care setting.

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 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.

Structure

This is a four-year, full-time integrated master’s course. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, 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).

 

 

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.

 

A full breakdown of teaching, learning and assessment activity is not yet available for this remodified course. It will be posted here when available.

 

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
  • Innovations in Practice

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

 

 

Placements

Placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory. You will complete one four-week placement in Year Two, one twelve-week placement in Year Three and one twelve-week placement in Year Four. Placements are randomly allocated to students and take place within the health and social care setting. QMU manages the sourcing and allocation of placements for each student on this course.

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 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: 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 and personal indemnity insurance (normally through membership of the professional body) are also required.

Associate student places

N/A

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).

 

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

Delivery
On campus
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September 2020
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
UCAS Code
TBC

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A Student Story - more at foot of page

Iain Scott - BSc (Hons) Dietetics "For me, the highlight of my course so far has been the amazing support and encouragement from both staff and fellow students." Read my story...