Queen Margaret University Dietetics


Queen Margaret University Dietetics

Dietetics focuses on the clinical management of disease and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders at an individual or population level.

About the Course

The course is a scientific programme of studies that takes you through a clinically and practically-focused study of disease, health, food and nutrition. The course prepares you for work as a dietitian in a variety of settings.

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, computing, information technology, data collection and analysis.

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 you first practice placement block (a total of four weeks in duration).

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 NHS in Scotland.

Year Four provides you with an opportunity to reflect on and consolidate what you have learned on your placement at the end of Year Three. It also allows you to undertake an individual research-based honours 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 NHS in Scotland.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

Course Structure

This is a four year honours degree course. You will study the modules outlined and complete three practice placements blocks.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBCC

A Level: AB

Irish Leaving Certificate: BBCC

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: Normally Chem and Biol and preferably one other science (may include Maths or Home Economics) at Higher/A Level or equivalent AND Maths and Eng at S/Int2/N5/GCSE level.

Mature/Access: Access to Science. We welcome applications from mature students with relevant qualifications in biology and chemistry and /or experience.

Advanced Entry: NOT available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.

Other: You may be required to be immunised against Hepatitis B. A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

International: IELTS at 7.0 with no component below 6.5.


Year One

Biochemistry/ Genetics/ Health and Society / Cell Biology & Human Physiology/ Interprofessional Education 1/ Introduction to Nutrition/ Key Investigative Skills 1/Microbiology

Year Two

Communication and Facilitation of Change/ Food Science/ Immunology/ Integrating Module 2/ Interprofessional Education 2/ Nutrition/ Pharmacology/ Systems Biology

Year Three

Applied Nutrition / Clinical Sciences/ Epidemiology and Health/ Professional Studies/ Public Health Practice/ Therapeutic Dietetics/ plus one clinical placement

Year Four

Honours Project (research)/ Research Communication/ Research Process/ plus one clinical placement


The modules listed here were correct as at January 2017 but may differ slightly to those offered to those starting the course in September 2017.


Most graduates elect to work within 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).

Quick Facts

  • This course is well established, popular and widely respected.
  • The research and clinical experience of the core teaching team ensures that the teaching on the course remains current and up to date.
  • This course is accredited by The BDA and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will attend QMU approximately 11-15 hours per week to participate in a mixture of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practical classes. The attendance will reduce slightly in later years where there is more independent learning.

Professional Registration

Successful completion of the course (both academic and practice placement components) confers eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).


You will complete three practice placement blocks which allow you to develop practical skills and apply your knowledge in a clinical environment.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2017/18 Entry – Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).