Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course has been responsible for training dietitians since the University was granted its Charter in 1966. This course is ranked number one in the UK by both The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and the Complete University Guide 2018.
On this four-year course students are required to undertake three placements under the supervision of registered dietitians, which is crucial to prepare them for a career as a dietitian.
What you will study
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course 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.
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.
You will learn how food intake and dietary requirements can be altered by illness, and how to apply therapeutic diets to treat disease. The course will give you the knowledge and skills to respond to the diverse needs of patients, families and carers within a variety of settings.
Our BSc Nutrition and Dietetics course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
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|BSc (Hons)||48 months||B401||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Nutrition and Dietetics placements
As a student on our BSc Nutrition and 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. You will normally be placed with one of our placement provider partners throughout the south and south-east of England.
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.
Your Professional Training placement takes place in Year 3. It will include two twelve-week placements 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, benefitting from their experiences.
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. By the end of the Professional Training year, you will be managing your own workload.
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.
After your Professional Training placement year you will return to University for Year 4. You will not undertake any more placements but you will have the opportunity to choose a final year project which could involve carrying out an audit or research in a hospital environment.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a dietitian.
British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) as delivering the approved pre-registration curriculum framework. Provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a dietitian.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Most of our nutrition and 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.
Recent nutrition and dietetics graduates have secured roles such as:
- Band 5 Dietitian, NHS
- Health Promotion Officer, NHS
- Nutrition Project Worker, overseas disaster relief charity
- Nutritionist, Whole Foods
- Community Dietitian, Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
- Community Dietitian, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
- Dietitian, Athlete Mannies.
Additionally, upon graduation you will be eligible to register with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered dietitian.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
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.
Year 1 (with PTY)
Year 2 (with PTY)
Year 3 (with PTY)
Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6
Choose 2 from the 7 listed optional modules.
Professional Training Year (PTY)
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Optional modules for Professional Training Year (PTY) - Professional Training Year
The A Placement (4 weeks) must be undertaken but is not assessed. Both B and C Placements (each 12 weeks) must be completed successfully to allow progression on the BSc Nutrition and Dietetics programme
Students who do not pass their placements may transfer to the B400 Nutrition Degree programme
There are no options other than the placement offered.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.
On average you will have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods are 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.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.
ENGEL B Dr (Biosc & Med)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Policies and regulations
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
All offers will be made subject to a health screening and DBS checks. Occupational health services are provided by The Robens Centre on behalf of the University of Surrey.
Read our guidance (PDF) regarding selection for this programme.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
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|BSc (Hons)||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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.
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 amount - 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
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.
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"I completed three placements during the programme to gain clinical experience. They were really enjoyable and allowed me to put the knowledge I gained from lectures into practice."
"I've always been passionate about human physiology, medicine and food. Dietetics caters to all these interests."