This degree focuses on the effect of nutrition on the functioning of the human body in health and disease. It equips you with specialist knowledge and skills in preventing, treating and managing ill health with food, nutrients and dietary change.
This is the first undergraduate Dietetics programme in the North East of England. You'll benefit from newly built, state-of-the-art facilities and our world-class research. Innovative and exciting teaching practices, including the use of case-based teaching, simulated learning opportunities, and integrated practice placements ensure you're well prepared for your future career.
Dietetics is a broad-based subject and you'll study topics ranging from the natural and clinical sciences through to the social sciences. This degree includes a year of study at master’s level to enhance your leadership skills and ability to influence future dietetic practice, as well as offering significant research experience.
Quality and ranking
We have a long tradition of excellence in teaching, recognised in many external surveys and assessments, but also by our own students.
Our commitment to teaching quality and an excellent student experience is reflected through our results in national and international student satisfaction surveys.
This degree has been designed to meet the standards required for accreditation by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
However, as this is a new degree, HCPC and the BDA will be assessing the programme as it progresses, therefore it is currently pending accreditation.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Stage 1 provides an understanding of human biology, physiology and biochemistry, and builds on this through the consideration of microbiology and human metabolism.
You will gain an understanding of the agri-food systems ‘from farm to folk’ and will also be introduced to the structure and properties of nutrients.
In addition, you will begin to consider your professional identity through undertaking observational and experiential visits to food and care settings, and will explore and reflect on ethics and values related to food, health and social care provision.
Stage 2 develops your knowledge of macro- and micro-nutrients and the evidence base for recommended nutrient intakes through the lifecycle.
Knowledge and skills in measurement and assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status are developed, and you will gain a deeper understanding of sociological and psychological aspects of diet and health. You'll use a case-based approach for developing your knowledge and understanding of therapeutic diets.
Using a case-based approach, Stage 3 aims to advance your knowledge of aetiology and pathophysiology of diseases and conditions and integrate this with the clinical, pharmacological and evidence-based dietetic treatments.
Simulated learning and practice placement experiences will facilitate development of dietetic consultation skills and the application of your learning in practice.
You will also gain a detailed understanding of nutritional epidemiology and how it informs public health strategy and practice, and develop your research skills through undertaking a systematic literature review.
In Stage 4, you will complete your practice learning experiences, ensuring that you have the skills necessary for registration as a dietitian.
You will also develop higher-level cognitive and analytical skills through the completion of master's research project, contributing to the evidence base in nutrition, dietetics and public health.
You will engage in quality improvement and service redesign within a dietetic context to develop skills and leadership in shaping the future of dietetic practice, and will undertake a module in clinical education and supervision of students.
Teaching and assessment
We use innovative teaching methods and models in our academic and clinical teaching. Case-based teaching and problem-based learning accompany lectures, seminars/workshops and blended learning approaches.
You'll benefit from the practical learning experiences in our food-handling laboratory, and through undertaking simulation exercises in the Clinical Skills Unit and work with role-play actors.
You'll also take part in interprofessional learning opportunities working alongside students from our dentistry, pharmacy and medicine programmes, and gain from the experience of our visiting lecturers who are experts in their field.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
You will be exposed to numerous activities during the programme to enhance your practical skills. This will include practical skills in:
- measurement and assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status/body composition
- menu planning
- recipe modification for therapeutic diets
In addition, you'll undertake pre-practice preparation and simulation training in our on-site clinical skills unit. You'll also benefit from inter-professional learning with other health care students from within the University such as dentists, medics and pharmacists.
Work placements (practice placements)
A key component of the course, and preparation for employment as a dietitian, is practice placements. These are integrated through all years of the programme.
In Stages 1 and 2, the placements will include observational and experiential visits to:
- catering and food-related settings
- care settings
- group/population/patient-related activities
These experiences will be within the North East region and provided by NHS trusts, industry and charities. Some of our practice-learning partners for these experiences include:
- HC One
- Simply Food Solutions
- Altered Eating Network
In other placements, you'll be given the opportunity to apply theories you've acquired during academic study into the practical work completed by dietitians throughout diverse areas of the health service on a daily basis. Your placements will be based with NHS Trusts in the North East of England, and will be undertaken as follows:
- a one-week placement in a dietetic department during Stage 2
- a 12-week placement in a dietetic department at the end of Stage 3
- a 12-week placement in a dietetic department during Stage 4
These placements fulfil the 1,000 hours' practice-based learning requirements of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) curriculum framework and will take place in quality-assured practice settings.
Facilities and environment
Our Nutrition and Food courses are based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences at our city-centre campus. Our School is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy, encouraging inter-professional collaboration.
You'll have access to our food handling laboratory to help you enhance your practical skills and use of our well-equipped, state-of-the-art laboratories.
Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
As registered health care professionals, the practise of dietitians is very broad. A significant proportion of graduates will go on to work in the National Health Service in the UK or similar settings overseas, in both acute and community settings.
They may specialise in working with particular age groups, or clinical conditions, for example paediatrics, gastroenterology, renal, or critical care.
Dietitians also work with populations, through influencing food and public health policy, working with industry and also with the media. Dietitians may also work in education and research, to contribute to the growing evidence base for the practise of dietetics.
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All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
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Applicants we feel may be suitable for the course will be invited to an interview.
Fitness to Practise
Applicants must satisfy Fitness to Practise requirements on admission to the course. This includes a health declaration and submission of an acceptable disclosure and barring service (DBS) clearance. Students coming direct to the course from a country outside of the UK must provide a letter of good conduct from their home country and will be required to submit an acceptable DBS at the end of the first year.
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Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
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As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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