MSc Dietetics (Pre-registration)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Dietetics (Pre-registration)

Explore the science and application of dietetics in simulated and real environments, developing the skills for a career in the fast-moving healthcare and industry sectors.

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £18,500 for the course
    International/EU: £35,140 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    2 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    January 2025

Course summary

  • Explore dietetic connections with biomedical, food and nutritional sciences. 
  • Enhance your dietetic skills with academic study, simulated practice and placements. 
  • Apply diet therapy to promote health and manage various conditions.
  • Learn from internationally and nationally renowned, award-winning dietitians. 
  • Gain eligibility for HCPC registration – compulsory for UK Dietitians.

Personalising dietetic care for diverse users and training in cutting-edge simulation suites, you’ll graduate from a course with high employment rates. You’ll gain advanced skills on a Master's degree that supports your career progression and enables you to excel professionally. Follow us on Instagram and TikTok (@SHUDietetics) to see what our students are engaging in on the course.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around key principles based on engaging you with the real-world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. 

On this course you’ll engage in enquiry-based learning by collaborating with your fellow students. You’ll explore the evidence that underpins dietetic practice, identifying solutions through guided lectures and self-directed learning. You’ll then discuss these in face-to-face consolidation sessions, developing research-informed knowledge and supporting you to apply theory to practice.

You’ll learn from tutors who are engaged in research, professional practice and networks – with teaching qualifications and fellowship with the Higher Education Academy. They’ll help you understand the latest evidence-based practice – so you can apply current knowledge to real-world projects – making you stand out to employers.

You learn through:

  • Digital learning packages and e-tivities 
  • Collaboration  
  • Group work 
  • Practical workshops 
  • Simulation 
  • Placement learning 
  • Lectures  
  • Seminars and discussion 
  • Professional networks and social media
  • Independent study 
  • Assessment activities 
  • Using and engaging with research 

Key Themes

You’ll study nutrition, food and biomedical sciences to establish the scientific foundation for dietetics. You’ll explore the interplay of nutrients, food, genetics, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, and immunology in health and disease. Using this knowledge, you’ll apply dietetics to manage various diseases through diet therapy, tailoring nutritional care plans for diverse service users.

You’ll develop patient-centred care through topics that focus on professional skills – such as communication, reflection and interdisciplinary working. Public health nutrition topics will equip you to manage population health, devising intervention plans and public health campaigns. 

You’ll apply your knowledge and skills in clinical and leadership placements to further enhance them. Additionally, you’ll learn research methodologies and conduct a project to advance dietetic practice.

Through collaboration, you’ll learn with, from and about other professions. Using this knowledge, you’ll be able to work inter-professionally in integrated services as part of contemporary health and social care.  

Course Support

You’ll be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate-level employment including:

  • Access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development 
  • Access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars, and online resources, to get help with planning your assignments 
  • Work-based employability activities, networking opportunities and placement
  • Support from both your placement supervisors and university tutors during your placements

Course leaders and tutors

Long Li
Long Li
Senior Lecturer in Dietetics

Long Li

Sean Coleman
Sean Coleman
Senior Lecturer, Course leader for BSc degree apprenticeship in Dietetics

Staff profile for Sean Coleman, Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

Kirsten Whitehead
Kirsten Whitehead
Associate Lecturer

Associate Lecturer

Applied learning

You’ll apply your learning to real-world scenarios and experiences to enhance your skills, confidence, creativity, resilience, integrity and curiosity.

Live Projects

You’ll collaborate with peers on projects that contribute to campaigns like Nutrition and Hydration Week, and Dietitians Week – held online, on campus or through publications. These projects allow you to apply theory to real-life nutrition and dietetic scenarios, developing the critical and ethical approaches that are crucial for professional competence. 

In your final year, you'll take part in real-world research projects, partnering with NHS Trusts for service improvements or conducting primary research in your areas of interest. You'll also be encouraged to publish your findings or present them at conferences.

Work Placements 

You’ll undertake four work-based placements during your course, covering the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical, education, leadership and research. These placements are integral for developing critical, evidence-based, ethical approaches to your practice, ensuring your readiness as a competent professional. All placement-based experiences are compulsory to meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Placement experiences progress from observation and task-oriented activities to applying your knowledge and skills with selected service users and groups. You’ll gain experience in various settings that reflect current service delivery, including simulated, virtual or real-world.

In your second year there are leadership placements in extended-scope settings, promoting greater independence within your scope of practice. These challenging experiences support and enhance your communication skills, engagement with vulnerable groups and service user care, and your transition to the final placement. You’ll consolidate practice working with service users where there’s complexity – also having the opportunity to manage your own caseload, demonstrate safe and effective care, and undertake a project to innovate practice.

The majority of our placements are located within a one-hour drive from Sheffield. We ensure the placement element of your course complies with the Professional and Statutory Regulatory Body governing the dietetics profession. By successfully completing all elements of the course, you’ll have demonstrated the requirements to register as a dietitian.

Networking Opportunities

You’ll benefit from visits by internationally and nationally renowned, award-winning dietitians as guest lecturers, providing the latest updates in their specialised dietetic fields. Additionally, professionals from the food industry facilitate practical sessions. 

Our teaching team maintains strong connections with the British Dietetic Association and other professional networks, offering the most up-to-date professional news, networking opportunities and work prospects. You'll also have the option to join the British Dietetic Association as a student member, giving you access to professional networks and resources to support your ongoing professional development.

Future careers

This course prepares you for future dietetic careers in: 

  • NHS hospitals, primary care, mental health and learning disability settings
  • Public health and health promotion 
  • Higher Eeducation  
  • Research  
  • Media
  • Freelance practice 
  • Private, voluntary and independent organisations 
  • The food industry 
  • The pharmaceutical industry 

Previous graduates are working in local NHS Trusts across South Yorkshire and East Midlands – and have moved onto more senior roles within a year.  

Most graduates have job offers before the end of the course.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students. 

Teaching is mainly conducted at Collegiate Campus using modern classrooms and simulation spaces. Our simulation ward is equipped with two six-bedded areas, a nurses’ station, adapted bathrooms and toilets, a multi-professional room, and diverse mannikins to practise skills.  

You’ll also work with: 

  • Specialist kitchen facilities for diet therapy practicals 
  • Dietary analysis software  
  • Simulated wards, GP practice rooms and house for practising consultations 
  • Physiology laboratories for nutritional assessment, body composition measurements and blood biochemistry facilities

Entry requirements

All students

First degree, normally at level 2:1 or above in a relevant science subject, such as biological or health sciences, nutrition, sport and exercise science.

Human physiology and biochemistry should be studied to level 5 or equivalent in first degree.

Experience of research or knowledge of research methods.

GCSE English and Maths C (Grade 4) or equivalent.

For international applicants IELTS 7.0 with no components below 6.5. Applicants must have a good command of written and spoken English on entry to the course. Please note, upon successful completion of the course graduates are eligible for registration with the Health Care and Professions Council.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Developing And Applying Dietetic Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Evaluating Research Methodologies
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Practice Experience A
Credits -
Practice Experience B1
Credits -
Principles In Dietetic Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Advancing Dietetic Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Creating Original Practice
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Evaluating Complexity In Practice
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Practice Experience B2
Credits -
Practice Experience C
Credits -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £35,140 for the course which includes a placement supplement. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Health and social care funding

Home fee-paying students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year. You may also be eligible for additional financial support based on your circumstances.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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Why choose us?

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Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year, eligibility applies

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We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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98% of our health and social care students are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating

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