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The innovative integrated Master of Dietetics course at Robert Gordon University will develop your research, leadership and service evaluation skills to take you confidently into the changing healthcare landscape.

You will become a clinically adept dietitian with skills underpinned by a thorough theoretical knowledge and understanding of nutritional science, dietetics, public health and health promotion.

As a Dietitian you will be a registered health professional who uses knowledge about food, science and the human body in health and disease to educate and give practical advice to patients, colleagues, clients, carers and the general public.

You will develop skills to empower individuals, groups and communities to change diet and lifestyle behaviours, and will practice your skills through simulated and inter-professional learning opportunities.

Find out more at our A Day in the Life of a Dietitian virtual event. 

We’re ranked 1st in Scotland for graduate prospects in food science and 2nd in Scotland for food science (Complete University Guide 2022).

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date


Course Length

4 years

This is a 4 year Masters in Dietetics in the UK, where you’ll cover a range of topics from theory through to practice. Learn more about the modules on offer.

Year 1

CertHE Life Sciences: Your personal and professional development PPD commences from the outset of the course within an interprofessional learning (IPL) module, which is this then contextualised to Dietetic practice. You’ll study theory that underpins nutrition and the practice of dietetics, and develop professional skills, attitudes and ethics within the context of a variety of learning experiences.

Year 2

DipHE Nutrition and Health Studies: You’ll assume greater responsibility for your own learning; facilitated by greater use of student-led seminars and workshops. Shared IPL learning outcomes support the provision of opportunities for formative shared student learning experiences. Teaching emphasises application of theory, development of evidenced-based practice and reasoning skills in relation to professional practice and contemporary settings.

Year 3 

BSc Nutrition and Health Studies: You’ll continue to assume responsibility for your  learning with greater emphasis on self-directed learning and teamwork. There is increasing focus on the development of self-management, clinical reasoning, teamwork, entrepreneurship, critical reading and the development of research skills in Dietetics. You’ll apply cognitive and evaluative skills to the appraisal of current practice within your IPL-facilitated placement.

Year 4

Master of Dietetics: You’ll focus on the development of enhanced professional and transferable knowledge and skills to support future professional practice and employability. You’ll work with IPL opportunities to develop interdisciplinary team-working, communication skills, leadership, service improvement, project management and research skills applicable to evidenced based professional practice.

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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.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

On average, you will have 16 hours of taught classes each week, consisting of lectures, tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and workshops. Our state-of-the-art Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre facilities will provide you with 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.

Activity Summary

Teaching is delivered in groups of 25 students:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Webinar
  • Tutorial
  • Project Supervision
  • Demonstration
  • Practical class or workshop
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop
  • External Visits
  • Placement / Work Based Learning

How long is an MDiet Dietetics course?

A Dietetics degree can be successfully completed in 4 years, in which the opportunity to receive the necessary skills are obtained.

Independent Study

You will be expected to demonstrate self-direction in your studies becoming a proactive independent learner. You will spend approximately 30 hours per week undertaking self-directed learning.

Staff Delivering on this Course

Lecturers on this course, including Both Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists have extensive experience across a range of subject areas relevant to the theory and practice of dietetics, and including research activity, both of which serve as critical underpinning for the course. This allows transfer of theory to practice that ensures a smooth transition from academic to clinical settings. Some of our lecturers also continue to practise Dietetics through honorary positions in the NHS.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 2 practical skills assessments

Year 2

  • 3 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
  • 3 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 2 practical skills assessments
  • 1 placement

Year 3

  • 1 written exam, typically for 3 hours
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 dissertation
  • 1 project output
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 practical skills assessment
  • 1 placement

Year 4

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 dissertation
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 placement


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 Inclusion 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.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

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

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.



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).

Job Prospects

The Master of Dietetics course  has been developed in response to current policy and social directives, identified organisational challenges of employers across the public, private and third sectors and in recognition of graduate needs in meeting workplace demands.

By completing this course, you will possess knowledge, skills and competencies beyond those normally expected at the threshold of registered practice, and you can demonstrate to potential employers that you have the ability to positively influence strategic professional practice and support government policy and work to standards of accredited bodies, which is integral to the professional philosophy of the course.

Is Dietetics a good career choice?

Most of our graduates are focused on how to become a dietitian and begin their careers as Dietitians in the NHS.

However, there are also many opportunities within the private sector for those with a dietetics degree. 

Previous MDiet Dietetics graduates of Robert Gordon University have gone on to pursue the following careers:

  • Nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • 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
  • General Manager of the Hong Kong Health Service.

What is needed for a Dietetics degree?

Entry requirements differ depending on the type of qualification you have and could affect if you’re eligible to apply.

Standard Entry Requirements

  • SQA Higher: BBBB to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Health and Food Technology, Environmental Science,  Mathematics or Physics and English (or a subject requiring the use of English).  English, Biology and Mathematics are required at National 5 Grade B or above if not held at Higher.
  • GCE A Level: BCC to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology, Home Economics (Food Nutrition and Health), Mathematics, Environmental Science or Physics and English (or a subject requiring the use of English). English, Biology and Mathematics are required at GCSE grade 6 or above if not held at A Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Home Economics/Health and Food Technology, Mathematics or Physics and English (or a subject requiring the use of English).  English, Biology and Mathematics are required at Ordinary Level O2 or above, if not held at Higher level.
  • IB Diploma: 28 to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology, Mathematics or Physics and English (or a subject requiring the use of English) all at Higher Level Grade 5. Maths and Biology are required at Standard Level 4 or above.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for widening access applicants are:

  • SQA Higher: BBCC to include Chemistry at B and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Home Economics, Environmental Science, Maths or Physics and English or a subject requiring the use of English. English, Biology and Maths are required at National 5 B 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.

International Students

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language Requirements

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.

These are the requirements of the HCPC and supersede the standard University English Language requirements.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Academic Year 2021/2022

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £6,750

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £14,000

Academic Year 2020/2021

Scottish Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £1,820

Rest of UK Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £6,750

EU Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £1,820

International Students

Full Time

On Campus
Over 4 years Per Academic Year £14,000

Additional Costs

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

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • £20 (approximately) for lab coat, safety glasses, kitchen safety whites
  • At the beginning of your course and during all practice placements you are required to purchase and wear an official uniform.
    If you are a student from Scotland, this uniform will be paid for by the Scottish Government.
    All other students (the rest of the UK (RUK) and international students) will have to purchase a tunic at £5.59 each and trousers at £7.04 each.
    Where uniforms become damaged or for any other reason unsuitable, you are responsible for the cost of the replacement.
  • Students from out with Scotland (the rest of the UK (RUK) and for any international students) must pay for PVG membership - £59 (new member) or £18 (existing member) as well as health checks which are variable depending on needs, but online screening is essential £22.70
    • Online Health Screening - £22.70
    • Additional Health Screening - £48.70/£72.20
    • Hepatitis  B Vaccination x 3 - £26.60 each 
    • Hepatitis  B Blood Titre Test - £32.00
    • TB Mantoux Test /BCG Vaccination - £33.00/£24.00
    • MMR Vaccination x 2 - £22.45 each 
    • MMR Blood Test - £31.00
    • Varicella Blood Test /Vaccination - £21.00/£33.00

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident 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:

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

Widening Access Accommodation and Welcome Pack Offer

If you are applying to RGU for September 2021 and meet widening access criteria, you may qualify for free accommodation in your first year of study, along with our welcome pack to support your transition to university. Find out if you are eligible:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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