Entry requirements

The academic entry requirements for the MSc Dietetics are for a science degree with at least a 2:1 classification which contains sufficient level and depth of biochemistry and human physiology as well as research skills and methodology. We require biochemistry and human physiology to be studied to at least level 4 and an integration and application of these two subject areas to be studied to at least level 5. Research skills are also required to be studied to level 6 including a research project or dissertation. A list of courses previously accepted can be found at this link. Please see our UK FAQ or international applicant FAQ for information on this course.

A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed prior to shortlisting for interview. You are encouraged to use the full 1000 word count, but do not exceed this, to relate your experiences to the required criteria, which are:

  1. A commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS and how this has developed.
  2. An awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian in different settings.
  3. Developing communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrating an interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
  5. An interest and enjoyment of food,including basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
  6. Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.

You are advised to refer to further guidance on writing the supporting statement in the Application Information Booklet at this link.

Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) and if selected will need to take part in interview. At interview you will be tested on the values and behavious which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience. The interview is the final selection process and shortlisted candidates will be offered either a virtual or a face to face interview according to current government guidance. This will include a discussion based on the core values and behaviours of the NHS Constitution.

All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link, references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly from the referee. It is the applicant's responsibility to request references from their referees.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, see further details here.

Selection Criteria

We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.


IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.

DBS Check

Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course, (processed through the University only). The University is unable to accept DBS checks obtained through another institution (this includes those registered with the DBS Update Service); the checks undertaken by the University are appropriate to the course of study and relevant regulated activity placements. For important information on the UK Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check requirements please refer to the Guidance on DBS and Additional Checks.

Self Declaration Check

You will be asked to complete this online form as part of the DBS check process. You will be asked to identify on the self-declaration form if you have any cautions/convictions that would not be filtered out on a DBS certificate. Please refer to the following website for guidance on filtering. The form will also ask if you have resided outside of the UK after the age of 16, to establish if an Overseas Police Record check may be required.

Overseas Police Checks/Letter of Good Conduct

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants; those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency of 12 months or more after the age of 16; therefore, require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country(ies) prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will also be required prior to enrolment; the DBS team will send you guidance on how to apply following your offer of a place. The application process and timeframes for Overseas Police checks can differ from country to country and so it is recommended that you start the process as soon as possible after you have been made a conditional/Unconditional offer to ensure you have enough lead in time to obtain the check prior to enrolment. For some countries, an individual can only apply in person and so it is preferable for those applicants still resident in the relevant country, to apply before entering the UK.

Health Clear Check

For certain Professional Body courses, Occupational Health checks are also part of the entry requirements. Applicants will be asked to complete an on-line Health Questionnaire and sent guidance and links on how to complete this following your offer of a place.

Mature Applicants:

Our university welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. If you have recent relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications, we may be able to consider you for entry through our ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ policy. Please ensure that you list both your qualifications and relevant work experience in your application.

All applicants should meet our standard entry requirements of GCSE grade C in English language and, where specified, Maths. Alternative qualifications such as functional skills are accepted in lieu of GCSEs for most courses.