Postgraduate Taught

MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration)

We are now taking applications for 2021.

Dietetic education at Queen Margaret University is well established with strong employability rates. This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics.

Delivered full-time, the course has a clinical and health promotion focus. It includes three practice placements and on completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)to work as a dietitian.

Why QMU?

  • Dietetic education at Queen Margaret University is well established, extremely popular, well respected throughout the profession and has good graduate employability rates.
  • The teaching team includes three registered dietitians who have strong links with the dietetic profession within Scotland and across the UK.
  • The University’s clinically relevant research along with the broad range of experience of the teaching team ensures that the course remains current.

Course overview

This course provides graduates of biological sciences with a route into a fulfilling career, helping people improve their health and wellbeing and their quality of life.

Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention, and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders. A dietitian influences food selection and eating behaviour of an individual based on specific nutritional or food requirements.

As a dietitian, you will translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice to help people make healthconscious decisions about food. You will assess, diagnose and treat diet-related problems and aim to raise awareness of the link between food, health and
disease to prevent future problems and treat existing nutrition-related problems. Dietitians are a key part of the healthcare team and are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated.

The course takes you through a clinically and practically focused study of disease, health, food and nutrition. With a clinical and health promotion focus, the course includes three practice-based placements that allow students to apply and consolidate their theoretical learning.

Exit awards

MSc

Structure

The course delivers theoretical and practical campus based learning with three integrated periods of practice based learning. To be awarded the postgraduate MSc Dietetics (Pre-Reg) you will be required to complete 320 academic credits and pass the competency-based practice placements.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching hours and attendance Each module is equivalent to a notional 200 hours of work (or multiple thereof), which is made up of attendance in class, online learning and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirements for each timetabled module. Over an average semester the expectation is that during 14 weeks of teaching students will undertake approximately 40 hours per week of student effort, including contact classes, online learning and independent study time. Students will normally complete the course via a full-time route.

All placements are completed on a full-time basis and in line with the requirements of the dietetic service, normally Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm.

Teaching hours and attendance

Each module is equivalent to a notional 150 hours of work, which is made up of attendance in class and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirements for each timetabled module. Over an average semester the expectation is that during 14 weeks of teaching this will equate to approximately 40 hours per week of student effort, including contact classes plus independent study time. Students will normally complete the course via a full-time route.

All placements are completed on a full-time basis, normally Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Modules

  • Introduction to Dietetic Practice (Placement A) (20 credits) (Includes 2 weeks campus based and 2 weeks practice-based learning)
  • Essentials of the Dietetic Management (20 credits)
  • Nutrition through the Life Course (20 credits)
  • Disease Aetiology and Management (20 credits)
  • Dietetic Management of Long-Term Conditions (20)
  • Epidemiology in Public Health (20 credits)
  • Developing Dietetic Practice (Placement B) (60 credits) (Includes 12 weeks practice-based learning)
  • Innovative and Emerging Practice (40 credits)
  • Consolidating Dietetic Practice (Placement C) (60 credits) (Includes 12 weeks practice-based learning)
  • Applying Skills of Critical Enquiry (40 credits)

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (Nov 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

N/A

Placements

Placements are randomly allocated as part of a Scottish-wide placement system. They can take place anywhere across Scotland and the costs associated with these are met by the student (e.g. travel and accommodation)

 

Industry links, accreditation and professional registration

This course provides eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Careers

Career prospects on completion of the course are varied. Most graduates normally choose to work within the NHS as dietitians. Others will work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Opportunities also exist in the food and pharmaceutical industries in, for example: food labelling, nutrient profiling, product and recipe development, product evaluation and special diet foods. Some graduates may apply for the opportunity to study for a higher degree (ProfDoc or PhD).

Class sizes

Normally there are 12-15 students enrolling on the course each year. Most of the classes are delivered with our undergraduate Master of Dietetic (MDiet) students.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (normally an upper second class or above) that includes significant emphasis on human physiology and biochemistry. An application should illustrate what has been done by the applicant to research, and understand more about the role of a dietitian. In particular, evidence of understanding the skills, attributes and values required to work as a dietitian should be evident in the application.

Where an applicant has an undergraduate degree in a related subject but does not have the required biological science content they can be considered for entry to the course if they can demonstrate the appropriate skill development in their undergraduate degree (e.g. nursing or psychology degree) and they complete the biological science content in years 1 and 2 of the undergraduate MSc Dietetics (preregistration) programme as an associate student (consisting of two modules in semester 1 and one module in semester 2). This would then permit entry into the MSc Dietetics (pre-registration) programme.

We appreciate that it can be difficult to get shadowing experience, so relevant experience that demonstrates transferable skills to those required by dietitians would be beneficial.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Application deadline

31 January 2021

More information and contacts

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2021/2022 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

Delivery
At QMU, online and in the practice setting
Duration
Full-time: 2 years
Start Date
September 2021
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
Division
Fees & Funding

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A Student Story

Dominique Glatt - MSc Dietetics (Pre-Reg) "The MSc Dietetics pushed my boundaries in all directions. I went from researcher to healthcare practitioner. It fulfilled all of my hopes of what the course would teach me, from developing nutritional interventions to diet analysis. It also gave me the practical experience and skills to go confidently into the dietetic world through 26 weeks of external placement within the NHS. It was challenging at times, but I personally never feel like you are learning if something is too easy." Read my student story