Dietetics degrees | course guide
Promote healthier living with the skills you gain on a Dietetics course. Find out about the subject area and what it’s like to be a dietician.
Dietetics is the scientific study of how food and nutrition affect health. Degree courses in this subject area teach you about metabolism, dietary requirements, disease and more, taking from other disciplines such as physiology and sociology.
You’ll learn all about the diverse health needs of different kinds of people and be able to simplify complex information to help others live healthier lives.
Undergraduate Dietetics degrees on offer in the UK include:
- Dietetics BSc
- Dietetics MDiet
- Human Nutrition and Dietetics BSc
- Nutrition, Diet and Wellbeing BSc
Most undergraduate Dietetics courses ask for around 108–144 UCAS points. Not every university will base an offer on UCAS points, and some courses may have lower or higher requirements.
- A Levels: ABB–BCC
- BTECs: DDM–DMM
- Scottish Highers: AABB–BBBB
- International Baccalaureate: 32–28
- Universities will usually ask that you have studied biology and another science subject
Other good subjects to have studied include:
- Food science
- Physical education
Experiences that would look good on your application:
- Volunteering or work experience in a food- or health-related organisation, such as with a dietician in a hospital
Typical modules for courses in this subject include:
- Nutrition and health
- Human physiology
- Microbiology and immunology
- Food studies
- Biomolecular science
- Cell biology
Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:
- Practical placements
- Written coursework
- Lab reports
- Case studies
- Group projects
Courses often include lots of placements where you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real clinical environments.
- Clinical assessment, planning and evaluation
- Laboratory techniques
- Data interpretation
- Behavioural change strategies to help patients make lifestyle improvements
- British Dietetic Association (BDA)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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- NHS bursary
When starting as a graduate dietician, you can expect an entry-level salary of around £25,000.
The average salary for a dietician in the UK is around £35,000. Salaries can be higher than £40,000 for those with lots of experience in high-level positions.
Dietician graduates work in fields including healthcare, research, media, publishing and the food industry for organisations such as the NHS, Bupa and Boots. Examples of roles that graduates go into:
- Nutritional therapist
- Food technologist
- Animal nutritionist
- Community wellbeing coordinator
- Workplace wellbeing consultant
- Exercise and health coach
- Teacher or lecturer
- International development worker
- Medical sales representative
Examples of postgraduate courses available at universities in the UK:
- Dietetics MSc
- Dietetics PgDip
- Nutrition with Obesity and Weight Management MSc
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