A levels: AAB-ABB, including at least two science-based subjects at A level (chemistry essential; biology preferred as second science subject, but other science subject can be food technology, geography, home economics, IT, maths, physics, physical education or psychology) and an additional A level or equivalent. Citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and leisure studies not accepted.
All applicants must have a minimum Grade C in GCSE mathematics and English (or equivalent examination)
Students whose first language is not English - see below.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)
Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies. Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS. Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Foundation year - a foundation year is available for this course.
Students must meet the requirements of the Biology/Biosciences pathway. In order to progress to the first year, students must pass the foundation year with an overall mark of no less than 55% and with no less than 55% in both the chemistry and biology modules.
Progression is also subject to a successful interview.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
Notes for applicants
All applications for are made through UCAS and we require that applications should be submitted before the first UCAS deadline in January. Suitable applicants will be required to attend a formal interview (see below). You are advised to visit a Dietetics Department prior to interview. We welcome applications from mature students but cannot guarantee an interview for this programme.
Students on this course may expect to have their tuition fees paid in full by the NHS and may receive financial support in the form of a bursary. However, the fee and bursary arrangements are subject to approval by the Department of Health and the conditions of the NHS Student Bursaries Scheme. Funding restrictions imposed by these sponsors mean that all applicants must be eligible to have their fees paid by the Department of Health. Hence, it is necessary to have been resident in an EU country for at least three years prior to applying for the course. Details of NHS bursaries are available at www.doh.gov.uk
Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a selection interview. An academic member of staff from the Division of Nutritional Sciences and a dietetics service representative normally conduct the interview. Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential for academic progression, commitment to a career in dietetics and an understanding of the role of a dietitian as well as demonstrating good communication skills and an understanding of professional values.
- Students with disabilities or health concerns
Disabilities and health concerns do not necessarily form a bar to entry to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course. In line with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001, we treat all students fairly, offering ongoing support and making reasonable adjustments where necessary. However, the School of Biosciences has a responsibility to ensure all students admitted to the course are eligible to apply for registration by the HPC on graduation. It is expected that any condition past or present, will be controlled and stable, and will not impair your ability to complete the course or care for patients.
Any applicant who is offered a place is required to complete a medical questionnaire which is forwarded to the Occupational Health Department who may choose to offer the applicant a full medical examination. It is important to note that all offers of a place are conditional on a satisfactory occupational health screen that assesses fitness to practice in the health service. In line with UCAS guidelines, disability or health concerns can be disclosed on the UCAS form and/or in a letter addressed directly to the Admissions Tutor. All information disclosed is treated as strictly confidential.
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Owing to the particular nature of this course, the University uses the disclosure services of the DBS to assess the suitability of applicants to work with a vulnerable population. Each student will need to fulfil this requirement once they have commenced the course. The University undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a disclosure on the basis of a criminal conviction or information revealed. Disclosure information will be handled and disposed of securely in compliance with the DBS Code of Practice, the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation.
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