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Postgraduate study

Course overview

Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and public health level.

All new and continuing students on this course will receive a £5,000 maintenance grant each year if they’re eligible, and will not need to pay it back.

As a graduate you are eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association, to practice as a dietitian within the UK. This course provides experiences to ensure you are safe and confident to assess dietary and nutritional needs and able to deliver dietary interventions which meet the needs of individuals, groups and populations. Placements are integral to the course – you undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of dietetic practice in a variety of settings including NHS, public health, research, social care and the third sector.

This course runs for 21 months, delivered across five semesters. In the first semester you gain the underpinning knowledge and skills to be able to assess and treat individuals, groups and populations with a number of health conditions which impact on their diet and nutrition. You also undertake 75 hours of practice. In the second semester you undertake 13 weeks of practice placement supervised by qualified dietitians. In the third semester you further develop your dietetic assessment and management, and explore the role of dietitians in promoting health with a focus on public health interventions. You also study research and innovation in dietetic practice, preparing you for your major project in the final semester. In semester four you undertake a further 13 weeks of practice placement. And finally in semester five you undertake your major project.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Dietetic Management

This module enables you to develop a systematic and detailed knowledge and understanding of the integrated dietetics management to promote the health and wellbeing of people with long-term or life-limiting conditions. This includes children, older people, people with a learning disability or mental health problem and people requiring end-of-life care.  

Clinical Correlations of Food and Nutrition

You further develop your knowledge of food and nutrition and how this applies to your dietetic practice, exploring the relationship between the food, biomedical sciences and dietetic practice.

Dietetic Management

You develop the underpinning knowledge and skills to be able to assess and safely apply effective dietetics interventions, and evaluate their effectiveness for managing individuals across the lifecycle of nutrition, and with disorders of the major body systems.

Dietetics Practice Placement 1

You undertake 13 weeks of practice placement within the north east region. You are closely supervised by a practice educator who is supported by colleagues. Within this placement you develop the skills to be able to effectively assess and manage the dietetic and nutritional needs of patients, groups or populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Dietetics Practice Placement 2

You undertake a further 13 weeks of practice placement to further develop your dietetic assessment and management of individuals, groups and populations across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

Major Project

You undertake a substantive piece of either primary or secondary research developed from the research module in Stage 2. This is primarily an independent piece of research in a physiotherapy or related area with guidance from a member of the physiotherapy or research institute teams.

Promoting Health in Dietetic Practice

You explore a range of concepts and issues relating to public health and health promotion for individuals and groups. You discover the principles underpinning behavioural change and how these apply to dietetic practice. You also design a digital resource aimed at promoting the health and wellbeing of a chosen population.

Research, Development and Innovation in Dietetic Practice

You develop a critical understanding of research methods and how they apply to dietetic practice. You also explore principles underpinning the improvement of services from a dietetic perspective. This module prepares you for your major project in stage 3.

The Practising Dietitian

You explore the role and scope of the dietitian within the multidisciplinary team. You also develop your understanding and awareness of the principles underpinning professional behaviour in practice. You critically reflect on your own personal and professional attitudes, values and beliefs, and how they might impact on the dietetic/patient relationship. Within this module you undertake 75 hours of practice placement.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

You learn through a variety of learning and teaching methods including lectures, seminars and lab-based sessions. You may have face-to-face lectures or they may be recorded and uploaded to your virtual learning environment. You also develop an online professional development portfolio to evidence your progress within the course. Your learning is facilitated by lecturers from the School of Health & Life Sciences which means that you benefit from science and health expertise within the University.

Practice placement is integral to the course and you spend 28 weeks in both traditional and non-traditional settings. On placement you apply the knowledge and skills that you have gained in the University setting.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways including case-based clinical assessments, written assignments, poster development, viva voce and exams. Some modules use formative assessment to help you develop your academic writing. We provide electronic feedback from summative assessments.

Practice placement is assessed as pass or fail by a registered dietitian.


Entry requirements

You apply direct to the University. Our minimum academic requirement is a 2.1 honours degree (or above) in a subject with significant elements of biochemistry and human physiology. If English isn’t your first language, we require evidence of IELTS Level 7 (or equivalent). No element should be below 6.5.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to attend an interview at the University. An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check may be required for certain modules or placements which involve working with children and/or adults at risk. Where an enhanced DBS check is required, applicants will cover the cost of these checks which can only be processed through the University.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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Work placement

You complete 28 weeks of practice placement within your course primarily in NHS trusts across the North East of England. You are allocated a practice educator who, along with dietitians in the trust, provides opportunities for you to develop your ability to assess and treat individuals in the practice setting. You also work alongside members of the multidisciplinary team, developing an understanding of each role. We cannot guarantee that practice placements are local to you. You are expected to travel and pay for associated travel costs.

Career opportunities

Dietitians work in a number of different settings – these include the NHS, private practice, industry, sport and education. Whilst your practice placements are primarily within the NHS, we explore the role of the dietitian in different environments and provide careers guidance and support towards the latter stages of the course.


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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£14,500 a year

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