Nutrition/Dietetics BSc (Hons) – 2017 entry

I chose to come to the University of Surrey as the course has been running for a number of years and is one of the best places to study dietetics in the country. The course is excellent, although demanding at times, and extremely rewarding.

What you'll study

If you’re passionate about food, eager to explore how it affects the health of the individual and the nation, and curious to discover how diet can be used in the treatment of disease, our Nutrition and Dietetics programmes are for you.

Our Nutrition/Dietetics programme will teach you to apply nutritional science in order to promote health and to treat medical conditions. As a dietitian you will work with people to help them modify their food intake, offering practical advice to enable them to make dietary change.

Programme overview

Our four-year Nutrition/Dietetics programme has been specifically designed for students with a strong interest in food, people, science and medicine who wish to use their knowledge to help prevent and treat disease as a registered dietitian.

Dietetic students learn how food intake and dietary requirements can be altered by illness, and how to apply therapeutic diets to treat disease.

Dietetics involves translating nutritional science and information about food into practical dietary advice. This may be aimed at the general public to promote health, or in a clinical environment to treat a wide range of medical disorders.

As a dietitian you will work with people to help them modify their food intake, offering practical advice to enable people to make dietary change.

The programme will give you the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.

You will also develop and display the values required in modern healthcare and stated within the NHS Constitution, including compassion, kindness, empathy, advocacy, good communication and teamwork skills, and also respect for patients’ privacy, dignity and individuality.

Our programme has an active application across a range of health and professional industries and you will acquire the knowledge, skills and expertise required to excel in this fascinating field.

This programme is commissioned by the National Health Service (NHS).

Although the compulsory placement is not salaried, UK students may apply to the NHS for financial assistance with travel and accommodation costs. Find out more about NHS funding on the NHS website.

Read about the experience of final-year Nutrition/Dietetics student Kerry Bond.

Funding changes for 2017 entry

Funding for health programmes is changing. Please visit The Funding Clinic website for more details.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

In Year 1, you will cover core sciences and be introduced to food skills and nutrition. After this grounding in the key knowledge and skills, you will undertake a four-week placement before the start of Year 2.

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

In Year 2 you will start to specialise in both nutrition and dietetics, as well as developing the subjects studied in your first year.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 3 (Professional Training placement)

The Professional Training placement is divided between two twelve-­week placements within the NHS and a period of six weeks at the University in February/March when you will take part in problem­-solving exercises.

During this time, you will also have the opportunity to share and consolidate your placement learning with other students, benefiting from their experiences.

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 6)

During Year 4, you will take modules from a range of options which reflect Surrey's key areas of strength, allowing you to benefit from our research expertise. You will also undertake an extended research project, exploring in more depth an area of interest to you.

Core Modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Professional recognition

The Nutrition/Dietetics programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council; successful completion leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £20 - The equipment pack includes laboratory coat, laboratory glasses, laboratory book, pen and padlock. Students are responsible for the costs associated with maintaining/washing/replacing any equipment
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): unable to specify - Students are required to pay upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on the location. Students starting their studies in 2017/18 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses as a result of attending practice placements (this model may not apply for the duration of students studies). Essential expenses incurred over and above a student’s normal daily travel costs to the University are covered. NHS bursary rules on expenses must be followed and the rates applicable are to be confirmed by the NHS Business Services Authority

Grand total: £20 + commuting and accommodation expenses

Professional Training placements

As a student on our Nutrition/Dietetics programme, you will undertake three placements. They are all within the NHS and could be in either an acute hospital or a community setting.

Although placements are not salaried, UK students may apply to the NHS for financial assistance with travel and accommodation costs.

During a four-week placement at the end of Year 1, you will find out more about the way dietitians work and learn about the other health professionals they work with. You will also start practising some of the skills required for this role.

You will then undertake two twelve-week placements during the Professional Training year, at the end of which you will be managing your own small workload.

The first placement will give you the chance to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through your studies. The second placement is designed to consolidate your knowledge, skills and attitudes, and expose you to more complex patients and situations.

The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your programme, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help you to develop and learn.

You will normally be placed with one of our placement provider partners throughout the South and South East of England.


On average you will have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods is used, including lectures, role play and practicals. You will also be expected to undertake private study (such as coursework and additional reading).

You will also take part in problem-based learning activities and benefit from a range of supporting e-learning materials.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 1 per cent personal tutorial/small group teaching
  • 1 per cent medium group teaching
  • 19 per cent large group teaching
  • 79 per cent studying and revising in your own time


Each module is assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment is through a combination of examination and/or coursework, which may include individual projects and group work.

Career opportunities

Most of our Nutrition/Dietetics graduates start their careers working for the NHS, either in clinical dietetics or health promotion. There are also attractive opportunities in the food industry, such as working for major food and supermarket companies, in research, in education and in the media.

Graduate prospects

Recent Nutrition/Dietetics graduates have secured roles such as:

  • NHS, Band 5 Dietitian
  • NHS, Health Promotion Officer
  • Nutrition Project Worker in Haiti

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?



We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

It is desirable for those applicants taking part in the Science Practical Endorsement in either Physics, Biology or Chemistry to obtain a pass.

Access to HE Diploma

QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma


European Baccalaureate

75 per cent-74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35-34 points

Scottish Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers AAB/Scottish Highers AAABB-Scottish Advanced Highers ABB/Scottish Highers AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AA-Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma and A-level AB

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above; Biology A-level required; additional science A-level (preferably Chemistry) required.

Selection process

Suitable candidates will be invited for a selection day consisting of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) which will be conducted by University academics, assisted by staff from clinical practice areas and detailed guidance is provided in the invitation.

Offers may be conditional upon a satisfactory level of medical fitness, and students are screened by Occupational Health at the beginning of the programme. Please note that all offers are conditional upon clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), or equivalent.

English language requirements

7.0 IELTS minimum overall (or equivalent)

7.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill (or equivalent)

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2018 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 4 Years B401 View KIS data set

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The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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