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This course will allow you to become a clinically adept dietitian, with skills underpinned by a thorough theoretical knowledge and understanding of nutritional science, dietetics, public health and health promotion. Your engagement with interdisciplinary team-working, leadership, service improvement, and research will extend your competence and enhance your employability prospects.
You will develop skills in empowering individuals, groups and communities to change diet and lifestyle behaviours, and will practice your skills through simulated and inter-professional learning opportunities. Uniquely, you will have the chance to select an elective module, and to earn additional qualifications as you complete the course.
RGU is ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Food Science (Complete University Guide 2020).
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.
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.
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.
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, leadership, service improvement, project management and research skills applicable to evidenced based professional practice.
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
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.
Teaching is delivered in groups of 25 students:
- Project Supervision
- Practical class or workshop
- Supervised time in studio / workshop
- External Visits
- Placement / Work Based Learning
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:
- 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
- 1 report
- 1 portfolio
- 1 oral assessment
- 2 practical skills assessments
- 3 written exams, typically for 2.5 hours
- 3 written assignments, including essays
- 1 report
- 2 oral assessments
- 2 practical skills assessments
- 1 placement
- 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
- 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.
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance 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
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).
The Master of Dietetics course (awaiting approval) 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.
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.
SQA Higher: BBBB to include Chemistry and one further science from Biology/Human Biology, Home Economics, 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, 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.
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 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 superceed 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 email@example.com for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £1,820 per academic year
Rest of UK Students
- £6,750 per academic year
- £13,670 per academic year
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
- £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
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:
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:
Scholarships and Financial Awards
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This course arms you with an extensive range of practical skills that will aid you on completion of the course. Graduates like me, who choose to become qualified health professionals, have benefited from the support and practical aspects taught by the Dietitians and Nutritionists who lecture at RGU.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
UCAS Code: B401
We’ve got a few options for applying to our undergraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
Applicants for first year entry will apply to other universities as well as to RGU through a single online Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application.
Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.
RGU accepts applications through the Common Application for those liable to pay international tuition fees.