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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.

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CONTENTS

  1. What’s Dietetics?

  2. What Dietetics degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto a Dietetics degree?

  4. What topics does a Dietetics degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Dietetics?

  7. What do Dietetics graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as a Dietetics graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Dietetics

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Dietetics?

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.

What Dietetics degrees can you study?

Undergraduate Dietetics degrees on offer in the UK include:

  • Dietetics BSc
  • Dietetics MDiet
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics BSc
  • Nutrition, Diet and Wellbeing BSc
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  3. Types of undergraduate degrees

What do you need to get onto a Dietetics degree?

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:

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Food science
  • Nutrition
  • Physical education
  • Geography

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
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  2. Entry requirements
  3. About UCAS points
  4. Alternatives to A Levels

What topics does a Dietetics degree cover? 

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Nutrition and health
  • Human physiology
  • Microbiology and immunology
  • Food studies
  • Biomolecular science
  • Cell biology

How will you be assessed?

Depending on your modules, you could be assessed through:

  • Practical placements
  • Written coursework
  • Lab reports
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Essays
  • Group projects
  • Exams

Why study Dietetics?

Courses often include lots of placements where you apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real clinical environments.

Career-specific skills:

  • Clinical assessment, planning and evaluation
  • Laboratory techniques
  • Data interpretation
  • Behavioural change strategies to help patients make lifestyle improvements

Transferable skills:

  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Teamwork
  • Management
  • Self-reflection
  • Interpersonal
  • Presentation
  • Research

Professional accreditations:

  • British Dietetic Association (BDA)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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  2. NHS bursary

What do Dietetics graduates earn?

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.

What jobs can you get as a Dietetics graduate?

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:

  • Dietician
  • Nutritionist
  • 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

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

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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  3. Type of postgraduate degrees

Similar subjects to Dietetics

Other subject areas that might appeal to you include:

Have any questions?

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