Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons) – 2021 entry
Why choose this course
Our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics course has been responsible for training dietitians since the University was granted its Charter in 1966.
Our food science courses are ranked second in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and top three by the Complete University Guide 2020.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is home to an innovative teaching and learning environment. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for Nutrition in the National Student Survey 2019.
On this four-year course you’ll have the opportunity to take on three placements, preparing you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive as a dietitian.
What you will study
Our BSc (Hons) 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’ll 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.
Recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the highest accolade for any academic institution, was awarded to the University of Surrey in 2017 in recognition of our excellence in the field of food and nutrition.
BSc (Hons) - 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.
BSc (Hons) - 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
• PhD student, Kings College London
• Community Dietitian, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
• Dietitian, Athlete Mannies.
Additionally, upon graduation you’ll be eligible to register with the Health Care and Professions Council as a registered dietitian.
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.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
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:
Course 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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
On average you’ll have 24 hours of contact time each week. A variety of teaching methods are used, including lectures, role play and practicals. You’ll also be expected to take on private study (such as coursework and additional reading).
You’ll 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.
We assess modules individually and award credits 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.
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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, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.
Read our admissions process (PDF) regarding selection for this course.
If you are a suitable candidate you 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 your invitation. Your offer may be conditional upon a satisfactory level of medical fitness, and students are screened by Occupational Health at the beginning of the course. Please note that all offers are conditional upon clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), or equivalent.
All of our 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.
Declaration of criminal convictions
This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.
If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.
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.
UK and EU To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
BSc (Hons) (with foundation and professional training year)
UK and EU To be confirmed
Overseas To be confirmed
Professional training £1,850
- Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms.
- Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
- Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
- Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
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.
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
Professional Training placement fees
If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.
See the information about 2019/20 academic year Professional Training placement fee.
There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:
- 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 2019/20 will be able to apply for reimbursement of travel and dual accommodation expenses through the Learning Support Fund 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
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check: The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement: it is mandatory that the DBS process in completed and the student is approved to attend before they can start placement. Applicants offered a place on the programme will be contacted to complete the online process by the deadline specified. The process is not completed until all original documentation has been approved by an appointed DBS approver. This should be completed in advance of Applicants starting their programme using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be a £6 administration fee.
Grand total: £20 plus commuting and accommodation expenses.
Nutrition and Dietetics clinical placements
As a student on our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics course, you will complete three placements. They are all within the NHS and could be in either an acute hospital or a community setting.
You’ll 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.
The first placement, A, is taken during the first summer break (June – September) and usually lasts for four weeks, after passing Year 1 examinations. This will help you to develop an awareness of working in the NHS and understand the role of a dietitian and other health professionals they work with. You’ll also start practising some of the skills required for this role.
After passing Year 2 studies, a second longer placement, B, is carried out for 12 weeks (August – January). This will give you the opportunity to build up your knowledge, skills and professional abilities in order to become a registered dietitian. Placement B has to be passed in order to progress further.
You will then return to University for a four-week module of study during Feb/March which includes an additional two weeks of distance learning prior to the four-week taught module on campus.
The final 12-week placement, C, (April – August) is usually at a different location to B. This placement will enable you to consolidate your learning and complete the clinical training required to be a dietitian. By the end of your placement year you will be managing your own caseload.
The placements are fully integrated with the academic part of your course, allowing you to gain practical experience that enhances your learning. During your placements, trained supervisors will help you to develop and learn.
You will then return to University for your final year of study. There will be no further placements but you’ll have the opportunity to choose a final year project which could involve carrying out an audit or research in a hospital environment.
Allocation of placements
Prior to each placement you will be given the opportunity to select three preferred trusts/settings from a given list of approved placement providers.
We do our best to accommodate your preferred choices. Students responsible for the care of a child 16 years or under or those that are a main carer will be allocated one of their three preferred choices for each placement.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationStag Hill
Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught.
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.