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 food requirements.
As a dietitian, you will translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice to help people make health-conscious decisions about food. You’ll assess, diagnose and treat diet-related problems and aim to raise awareness of the link between food, health and disease to prevent future problems and treat existing nutrition-related problems. Dietitians are a key part of the healthcare team and are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated.
A good honours degree (normally an upper second class honours degree, or above) that includes significant emphasis on human biochemistry and physiology. An application should illustrate what has been done by the applicant to research, and understand more, about the role of a dietitian.
Although it can be difficult to get shadowing experience, relevant experience that demonstrates transferable skills to those required by dietitians would be beneficial.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.
School of Health Sciences