Dietitians are highly qualified registered Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) who are concerned with optimising the health and well-being of individuals and groups through diet and nutrition.
If you have a science degree with a substantial proportion of physiology and biochemistry, this course will enable you to apply that knowledge in the context of nutrition and dietetics. You will learn about nutritional science and its application in health and illness, together with life-cycle nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and food science.
The combination of academic and clinical practice learning activities throughout the course will enable you to develop a patient-centred approach and equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a registered dietitian. An expansion of interest in food in relation to health, alongside the changing nature of the NHS, has extended the boundaries of dietetics to include a wide range of professional opportunities.
Current employment rates are good with most graduates, who are prepared to work throughout the UK, being employed within six months of graduation.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
To comply with HCPC registration requirements, you must complete three clinical placements, which must be undertaken in an approved hospital or community dietetics departments.
Placements will be allocated centrally and you may be placed anywhere throughout Scotland for each of your three placements.
Progression to Masters
An MSc dissertation can be undertaken following successful completion of the PgD. This can be either part or full time, and costs vary depending on time between graduation and commencement of MSc project.
An expansion of interest in food in relation to health, alongside the changing nature of the NHS, has extended the boundaries of dietetics to include a wide range of professional opportunities.
Employment can either be found in a clinical setting, usually within the NHS, or in NHS community practices. Dieticians also find employment in many other related fields including research, the food industry, consultancy and private practice, social services, media, health education and health promotion. However, the majority of graduates from the programme will initially be employed as NHS hospital-based dietitians.
Current employment rates are good with most graduates who are prepared to work throughout the UK being employed within six months of graduation.