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Our MSc Dietetics (Pre-Registration) course prepares aspiring dietitians to use food and nutrition science to improve health and wellbeing.
- Study with qualified, experienced, and research-active lecturers and clinical dietitians currently working in the field.
- Our small groups ensure you receive enhanced academic support and tailored training that meets your needs and preferences.
- Consolidate your knowledge with placements in clinical and non-clinical settings and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art labs.
- Nurture your skills at our Simulation Centre, featuring virtual reality technology and awarded for interprofessional medical education, before your placements with our NHS and industry partners in and around Oxfordshire.
Embrace our healthcare education expertise and equip yourself with knowledge, practical skills, and ethos for a successful dietetics career. Graduates can apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and secure employment in healthcare environments, public health, freelance and more.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Practical and career focused
Apply what you learn and unlock exciting career prospects with 1,000 hours of work experience in NHS and non-NHS settings reflecting modern dietetic practice.
Put your learning into practice in our £2 million award-winning healthcare simulation centre and our purpose-built nutrition and sports labs.
Taught by experts
Learn from academic and clinical dietitians with recognised qualifications in Dietetics and teaching with extensive experience in supporting students from diverse backgrounds.
Home of cutting-edge research
Get to learn about the newest developments in nutrition, dietetics, behavioural and food science, and public health by researchers in our Centre for Nutrition and Health.
Oxford is home to many organisations that rely on dietitians: from NHS and private clinics to food manufacturers and charities.
Our course offers an accelerated pathway that builds on your existing knowledge and skills to swiftly advance you toward a dietetics career.
Guided by knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturers including dietitians, nutritionists, epidemiologists, and food scientists, as well as external professionals, you will receive a comprehensive education that fosters a deep and practical understanding of the links between diet, eating behaviour, health, and disease backed by research and enhanced through placement-based learning in a breadth of specialities both at NHS and with other providers.
Opportunities for interprofessional work will elevate your communication and teamwork skills whilst developing an appreciation for the holistic approach to patient care.
Whether you choose a career in healthcare, the industry, or pursue a PhD, we are committed to nurture your critical thinking and encourage you to cultivate your own reflective, innovative, and confident approach in contributing to the advancement of dietetics through high-quality evidence-based practice and/or health and food research.
Learning and teaching
This is a full-time intensive course that integrates dietetic theory and practice through an average of 8.5 in-person/on-campus contact hours per week. These hours consist of a combination of lectures, seminars, and laboratory-based practicals with support for both individual and peer learning.
Additional guest lectures from healthcare professionals will be delivered focusing on specialist areas of dietetics and interprofessional communication to expand on your knowledge and networking.
Online/hybrid classes and tutorials will be available during placement periods. Your placements will consist of 31 weeks in total (1,000 hours) using simulation, case-based, and work-based learning at NHS and non-clinical providers to bridge theory and practice. Simulation will be used to reinforce the integration of theory and practice, allowing you to practise in a safe space.
You will also be expected to undertake approximately 800 hours of self-directed learning per year of study.
Assessments in this programme are varied and designed for you to demonstrate a range of skills, including critical reasoning, communication, research, and professionalism. These skills are essential for becoming a competent, autonomous, and compassionate dietitian.
Assessment methods include essays, lab reports, reviews, posters, oral presentations, group work, project work and reflective writing. Assessment is designed as 77% coursework with some in-class tests and formal examinations; the placements are assessed via a portfolio.
For assessment, there is a mix of formative and summative types, giving opportunities to engage with feedback and improve before the final submission.
Join our course and embark on a journey towards a thriving and rewarding career. As the sole statutory experts authorised to assess, diagnose, and consult on diet-related issues, dietitians are in high demand. Plus, with the government's unwavering support through a dedicated Office for Health Promotion, the stage is set for a robust job market with exceptional prospects.
Whether you look to augment your current role in the health or food industry, seek specialisation, or consider an exciting career change, our course equips you with the skill set that paves the way for a world of career destinations:
- Clinical, community or public health dietitian
- Health promotion or education specialist including working in the media
- Scientist or consultant in food manufacturers, retailers, and medical food and pharmaceutical companies
- Nutrition-related roles within charities, trade associations, or the government
- Specialised educator/trainer in advanced dietetic practice
- Researcher within universities, food companies, or research institutes
- Continuation of the academic journey through a PhD.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of what dietitians can do in their career, we recommend reading this article from The British Dietetic Association.
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, evidence of English Proficiency to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no component below 6.5 is required.
Pathways courses for international and EU students
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
We are pleased to offer a number of places to international applicants. For advice on eligibility, please contact Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that international applicants will:
- need to apply early with enough time to obtain visas if offered a place (see how to apply and key dates)
- be asked to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure a place on the course.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
The application portal is yet to open for this course, for further guidance please contact the Dietetic Admissions Team.
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Financial support and scholarships
All eligible Dietetics students will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year and will also be reimbursed for any additional travel and temporary accommodation costs incurred as a result of attending practice placements. None of this financial support needs to be paid back. For more information, please visit NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).
If you do not qualify for the above scheme, you may be able to claim reimbursement of expenses incurred whilst attending placement directly from the university. For more information please visit OBU TDAE Expenses for Healthcare Students.
We also offer a 10% discount on tuition fees to all graduates (those who have completed their undergraduate degree at Oxford Brookes) wanting to stay on or return to study for an additional degree.
For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.