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.

See the foot of the page for some student case studies and 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.
  • 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 but not limited to 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 also develop skills in communication, information technology and academic study skills. Students are also 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. You will also 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 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 various health and social care sectors across Scotland.


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. There is also an option for students to choose 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 dietican.

Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in face to face or online 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 (e.g. written and practical exams, case studies, written assignments and presentations) at the end of each module or semester. 

Please see below for an idea of teaching, learning and assessment for this course for 2020 entry. 2021 information will be added when it is available. 

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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 (Feb 2020) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2021. 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. Students 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 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: 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 which must include Biology and Chemistry (one of which 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 1 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 also 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


Professional registration/ accreditation

Successful completion of the course (both academic and practice placement components) confers eligibility to apply for registration with the (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.

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/22 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

Course Overview

On campus
4 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding

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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...