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PgDip/ MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Dietetic education at Queen Margaret University is well established with strong employability rates. This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics.

Delivered full-time, the course has a clinical and health promotion focus. It includes three practice placements and on completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)to work as a dietitian.

Why QMU?

  • The course is well established, extremely popular, well respected throughout the profession, and has good graduate employability rates.
  • The teaching team includes four registered dietitians who have strong links with the dietetic profession both within Scotland and across the UK.
  • The University’s clinically relevant research along with the broad range of experience of the teaching team ensures that the course remains current.

Course overview

This course provides graduates of biological sciences with a route into a fulfilling career, helping people improve their quality of life.

Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention, and the prevention of nutrition-related disorders. A dietitian influences food selection and eating behaviour of an individual based on specific nutritional or food requirements.

As a dietitian, you will translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice to help people make health-conscious decisions about food. You’ll assess, diagnose and treat diet-related problems and aim to raise awareness of the link between food, health and disease to prevent future problems and treat existing nutrition-related problems. Dietitians are a key part of the healthcare team and are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated.

The course takes you through a clinically and practically focused study of disease, health, food and nutrition. With a clinical and health promotion focus, the course includes three practice-based placements which allow students to apply and consolidate their theoretical learning.


The course delivers theoretical and practical campus based learning with three integrated periods of practice based learning. To be awarded the postgraduate MSc Dietetics (Pre-Reg) you will be required to complete 320 academic credits and pass the competency-based practice placements.


Career prospects on completion of the course are varied. Most graduates normally choose to work within the NHS as dietitians. Others will work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Opportunities also exist in the food and pharmaceutical industries in, for example: food labelling, nutrient profiling, product and recipe development, product evaluation and special diet foods. Some graduates may apply for the opportunity to study for a higher degree (ProfDoc or PhD).

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Tuition fees

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£ 6,600per year

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 39 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 171
    155 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.83 77%


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