Human Nutrition and Dietetics is the application of the science of nutrition to the prevention and treatment of disease and the promotion of health.
GCU has the longest running Dietetics programme in Scotland. It provides an in-depth understanding of nutrition and metabolism, gained from the study of physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and food science, with recognition of the influencing aspects of psychology and sociology.
The programme's strong practical focus centres around problem-based learning in the classroom, nutrition laboratory and clinical simulation lab as well as on placement.
The programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It leads to eligibility to apply for HCPC registration (students are required to complete 1000 hours of clinical placement to be eligible) and follows the core curriculum set out by the British Dietetics Association.
Most graduates seek employment in the NHS, specialising in areas such as paediatrics, nutritional support, sports nutrition, oncology, renal, critical care and community dietetics. Others move into research, work in the media, publishing, private practice and the food industry.
What you will study
Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Foundations of Practice in Healthcare, Essentials of Nutritional Science, Introduction to Psychology, Cells and Biomolecules, Introduction to Nutrition & Dietetic Practice.
Introduction to Microbiology, Nutrition through the Lifecycle, Energy Expenditure and Body Composition, Research Methods in Psychology, Food Science, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Placement.
Applied Clinical Studies, Counselling Skills, Fundamental Pharmacology, Therapeutic Dietetics, Nutrition and Public Health.
Placements and Honours Project.
Fees and funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.
BBBB including English, Chemistry and one other science, plus Nat 5 Maths and English at B
BCC including Chemistry plus GCSE English and Maths B/6 and Chemistry at C/4
H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry, English and one other Science at Higher and Ordinary level Maths at Ordinary 01 or 02
24 points including Chemistry and one other science.
Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM in relevant subject including Chemistry and one other science.
SWAP Access to Dietetics/Science at Kelvin College. HNC Science Qualification must include sufficient coverage of chemistry.
Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an academic IELTS test of overall 7.0 with 6.5 in each element.
Applicants will be expected to show evidence in their application of their interest in Dietetics and any skills and abilities gained from life and work experience which would be advantageous for a future career in dietetics.
We do not expect all our applicants to have visited a dietetic department but if you are fortunate enough to have experience of speaking with a dietitian or visiting a dietetic team, then it is appropriate to include this in your personal statement.
Students are required to undergo an enhanced criminal disclosure procedure with Disclosure Scotland prior to placement.
The programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
International student start dates
For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.
There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.