Our course combines the study of Nutrition and its application in Dietetics, helping to prepare you for a career as a Registered Dietitian.

nutrition and dietetics

Dietitians support people to manage or improve their medical condition by altering their diet. They also support patients to cope with conditions that affect their appetite or their ability to consume a normal varied diet, and promote good dietary habits to help people reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases in later life.

You will gain an understanding of various aspects of health, disease and diet focussing on clinical nutrition management of many disease states. You will gain excellent interpersonal skills, strong communication and counselling skills and the ability to negotiate and manage behavioural change.

As the only Nutrition and Dietetic course in The North of Scotland, our state of the art clinical skills facilities’ enhance development of key clinical and communication skills for dietetic placement. 

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BSc (Hons)



Course Dates


Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance



Year 1

You will study the theoretical and practical sciences relevant to Nutrition Dietetics, such as Microbiology and Biochemistry providing you with a solid underpinning for the course. You will also study Food and Nutrition, for example looking at the composition of foods and exploring Social and Cultural Nutrition. You will integrate and develop professional skills essential to the role of the Dietitian.

Year 2

In this year, you will begin to advance your knowledge exploring inter-relationships between diet, disease and the human body through the life cycle, while developing critical thinking skills and an understanding of research design. Communication skills and collaborative working feature to prepare you for your first Dietetic placement occurring at the end of Year 2.

Year 3

You will be challenged to apply your knowledge to the study of Clinical Dietetics and Pathophysiology.  You will develop your critical thinking skills, becoming familiar with the importance of evidence based practice. You will begin to develop and apply key dietetic skills and clinical reasoning skills to prepare you for your Practice Placement B occurring at the end of this academic year.

Year 4

You will complete your final Dietetic placement, developing and refining your skills prior to qualification. You will take a more critical look at different advanced Nutrition and Dietetic issues to develop an understanding of Health, Social Care and Nutrition. You will completed an individual research project and will fully demonstrate the Dietetic Standards of Proficiency required for eligibility to apply to the Health Care Professions council (HCPC) for registration.  


Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.


Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Applied Microbiology
  • Macronutrients
  • Chemistry For Life Sciences
  • Biology for Life Sciences
    Semester 2
  • Food Studies
  • Global and Social Nutrition
  • Biomolecular Science
  • Practical Skills for Life Sciences
    Year 2 -- Semester 1
  • Micronutrients
  • Metabolism
  • Communication Studies
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Semester 2
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutritional Research Methods
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
    Year 3 -- Semester 1
  • Dietetics
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Food Product Development
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Placement Route
  • Practice Placement B
  • Health Promotion
    Route B - Non-Placement Degree Exit Route
  • Nutritional Literature Study
  • Diet and Health Poster
  • Health Promotion
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Practice Placement C
  • Research Project
  • Continuing Professional Development for Dietetics
    Semester 2
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • On average, you will have 21 hours of taught classes each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and workshops.

    Our impressive Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre facilities enable our students to have numerous opportunities to practice consultations with volunteer patients, providing excellent preparation for practice placements

    Assessment is through a combination of methods, including end of module examinations, laboratory reports, oral presentations, skills tests and objective structured practical examinations (OSPEs).

    In one of the OSPE exams, you will have to assess and treat volunteer patients who have a variety of medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes mellitus or nutritional deficiencies.

    Year 4 activity summary

    25 students per group:

    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Webinar
    • Tutorial
    • Demonstration
    • Practical class or workshop
    • Supervised time in studio / workshop
    • External Visits

    Project Supervision

    • 25 students per group
    • 10 hours per week

    Placement / Work Based Learning           

    • 25 students per group     
    • 37.5 hours per week during placement

    Independent study summary

    You will spend approximately 15 hours per week undertaking self-directed learning.

    Staff delivering this course

    We have both Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists teaching on the course.  Our staff are engaged in Nutrition Research and also continue to practise Dietetics through honorary positions in the NHS.


    • Purpose built Clinical Skills Centre
    • Simulated Community Centre
    • Food Handling and Preparation Labs

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • 1 Written Exam
    • 1 Written Assignment, including essay
    • 1 Dissertation
    • 1 Portfolio
    • 3 Oral Assessments


    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths And Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Support

    SQA Higher: BBBC to include Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at National 5 grade B or above if not held at Higher.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include Biology and Chemistry. English and Maths are required at GCSE grade 6/B or above if not held at A Level.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H3H3H3 to include Biology, Chemistry and English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at grade O2 if not held at Higher.

    IB Diploma: 27 to include Higher Level Biology and Chemistry at grade 5. maths and English required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Special Requirements:

    Medical screening, evidence of immunisation and satisfactory PVG clearance are a requirement for all successful applicants prior to commencement on the course.
    Due to the professional nature of this course your place is subject to a satisfactory police check and Occupational Health screening. In addition, where required, you must agree to abide by the immunisation policy of the combined NHS trusts which offer placements.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5, or an equivalent.

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    A vital element of the course is the placement component. Placements are integrated in Years 2, 3 and 4, enabling you to work alongside qualified Dietitians in Health and Social Care settings. You will undertake 1,000 hours of practice, typically spread over a four week placement between Year 2 and 3, then 12 weeks between Year 3 and 4 and 12 weeks during the Year 4. In this final placement you will have the confidence and skills to run your own wards and clinics. The majority of placements are provided by the NHS (subject to availability).

    Professional Accreditation

    This course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association, and it is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council as suitable preparation for registration as a Dietitian.

    This course is also recognised by the Hong Kong Nutrition Association and graduates who register with the HCPC are eligible to apply for Full Membership (Dietitian).

    Find out more about placements for students

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:


    For Academic Year 2018/2019

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,270 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,880 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £13,300 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • fee to be confirmed .
    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,400 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students


    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students


    • £6,750 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,600 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,300 per academic year


    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages


    Information for Undergraduate Applicants

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Although the majority of our graduates begin their careers as dietitians in the NHS, there are also many opportunities within the private sector. Our graduates have gone on to achieve great success in their careers including Performance Nutritionist with Irish Rugby Football Union, Sports Dietitian with Sport Scotland, Crisis Advisor for the World Health Organization, Chief Dietitian at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and General Manager of the Hong Kong Health Service.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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