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About the course

This well-established course which has strong employability rates 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 placements and on completion you will be able to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a dietitian.

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

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally an upper second class or above) that includes significant emphasis on human physiology and biochemistry. For more information see the course page.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Criminal Records Check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.


Course Content



Where is Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh


Student Profile(s)

Lisa Williams

I initially studied for a BSc in Biology. Having enjoyed the modules which looked at the biochemical changes that occur during illnesses and the mechanisms behind metabolic diseases, I was keen to progress my career in the area of dietetics. I saw dietetics as a career that would allow me to combine my interest in science with a wish to help people.

QMU is one of only a few places in the UK to offer an MSc Dietetics. I had heard from dietitians through my work experience that the QMU course was excellent. I really enjoyed the course, particularly the opportunity to go on clinical placements. I went on one in Aberdeen, one in Edinburgh and one in Dundee – my favourite as it was in a large, acute hospital. Module-wise, I really enjoyed ‘Therapeutic Interventions’ where we learned all about the dietetic process and how to assess and treat patients, covering a wide range of clinical conditions and working through patient scenarios.

The support at QMU was really good. The lecturers are friendly and approachable, and a personal tutor was always on hand to help with any problems. The support that I received during my final project was great. My supervisors even helped me submit abstracts of my work to the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) with the possibility of presenting them at a big malnutrition conference which was a great opportunity.

On graduation, I was immediately offered a job as a dietitian at a large, acute hospital in Cambridge where I have been working since. I work across the hospital in a vast variety of wards as well as covering outpatient clinics and cardiac rehabilitation sessions. I really love working here and I have great training opportunities in a wide range of different clinical areas. I enjoyed the acute hospital work most on placement, so working here is just right for me. I am very glad I chose to do the course to enable me to get this job. In order to work as a dietitian you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council which you can only do if you complete a course which confers eligibility to register with them, which this one does.


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