Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Dietetics (Pre-Registration)

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Health Professionals

Entry requirements

In line with British Dietetic Association requirements, you will normally be expected to have an honours degree in a relevant subject at 2:1 or above or equivalent, and evidence of academic study in the five years prior to application. Relevant subject areas include biological sciences, physiology, biochemistry, chemistry and nutrition. You must meet requirements for NHS values-based assessment.

You will be required to have completed a minimum of 15 credits at level 4 or above in physiology, a minimum of 20 credits at level 4 or above in biochemistry and a minimum of 15 credits at level 4 or above in a relevant science subject such as genetics, immunology or pharmacology.

Selection of applicants will be based on academic achievement, personal statement, relevant work experience and the ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion values in healthcare.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also be able to communicate in English to a standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing system (IELTS), with no element below 6.5. This is a requirement of the Standards of Proficiency for dietitians (HCPC, 2013).

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for this programme. In addition, students who have resided outside the UK will be required to provide evidence of a satisfactory overseas police check. Instructions on how to complete these checks will be provided once you hold a firm offer for this course.

Satisfactory occupational health clearance is also required to participate in this course. Pending Government consultation, it is not currently clear if this will include a requirement for students deployed on placement in CQC regulated activities in England to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our placement providers and future employers may require this. Therefore, if you are considering this course, we would strongly advise you to take your covid-19 vaccines when due.

Months of entry


Course content

Through this two-year course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to work as a dietitian, delivering therapeutic nutrition in both public and private sector organisations.

You’ll study the nutrition and health of the population, exploring topics from lifespan nutrition to diet therapy and human metabolism to common chronic diseases, and their management, and how these change over the life course. You’ll also have sessions in our laboratories where you’ll complete practical evaluations.

You’ll combine theory and practical sessions so that, when you graduate, you’re prepared to practise as a dietitian professional across health and food sectors.

You’ll attend professional development seminars to support you in your preparation for placement practice in a variety of settings. We have established links with industry and facilitate placement opportunities within our networks, enriching your own industry connections and practical experience.

You’ll complete scientific-based research projects for your dissertation, focusing on your specialist study area and where you hope to develop a career in.

Our MSc (Pre-Registration) Dietetics course has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has been accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries Team
+44 (0)161 247 6969