University of Surrey Dietetics

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University of Surrey Dietetics

University of Surrey Dietetics


Nutrition/Dietetics BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

I chose to come to the University of Surrey as the course has been running for a number of years and is one of the best places to study dietetics in the country. The course is excellent, although demanding at times, and extremely rewarding.

Emma Collins BSc Nutrition/Dietetics

Why Surrey?

Our Food Science programmes are ranked number one in the UK by both The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018.

The Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment.

Programme overview

Our four-year Nutrition/Dietetics programme has been specifically designed for students with a strong interest in food, people, science and medicine who wish to use their knowledge to help prevent and treat disease as a registered dietitian.

Dietetics involves translating nutritional science and information about food into practical dietary advice. This may be aimed at the general public to promote health, or in a clinical environment to treat a wide range of medical disorders.

Our students learn how food intake and dietary requirements can be altered by illness, and how to apply therapeutic diets to treat disease. The programme will give you the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings. In addition to your time at University you will also learn within NHS settings during placements throughout the course.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 Professional Training placement

The third year includes compulsory professional training placements. You will have two twelve-week clinical placements within the NHS and could be in either an acute hospital or a community setting. These placements are separated by a six-week period of reflection and study spent in the university. The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your programme, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help you to develop and learn and by the end of your placement year you will be managing your own workload.

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

The Nutrition/Dietetics programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; successful completion leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian.

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On average you will have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods is used, including lectures, role play and practicals. You will also be expected to undertake private study (such as coursework and additional reading).

You will also take part in problem-based learning activities and benefit from a range of supporting e-learning materials.

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Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey’s Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

As a student on our Nutrition/Dietetics programme, you will undertake three placements. They are all within the NHS and could be in either an acute hospital or a community setting.

Although placements are not salaried, UK students may apply to the NHS for financial assistance with travel and accommodation costs.

During a four-week placement at the end of Year 1, you will find out more about the way dietitians work and learn about the other health professionals they work with. You will also start practising some of the skills required for this role.

Your Professional Training year will then be divided into two twelve-week placements and a period of six weeks at the University in February/March when you will take part in problem­-solving exercises.

During this time, you will also have the opportunity to share and consolidate your placement learning with other students, benefiting from their experiences. By the end of the Professional Training year, you will be managing your own small workload.

The first placement will give you the chance to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies. The second placement is designed to consolidate your knowledge, skills and attitudes, and expose you to more complex patients and situations.

The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your programme, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help you to develop and learn.

You will normally be placed with one of our placement provider partners throughout the South and South East of England.

Graduate prospects

Most of our Nutrition/Dietetics graduates start their careers working for the NHS, either in clinical dietetics or health promotion. There are also attractive opportunities in the food industry, such as working for major food and supermarket companies, in research, in education and in the media.

Recent Nutrition/Dietetics graduates have secured roles such as:

  • NHS, Band 5 Dietitian
  • NHS, Health Promotion Officer
  • Nutrition Project Worker in Haiti

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 – The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): unable to specify amount – Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority

Grand total: £20 + commuting and accommodation expenses