Taught course

Nutrition and Dietetics

University of Chester · Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

Entry requirements

Normally, an upper second (2:1) class honours degree in a relevant science subject is required, with modules in Biochemistry (minimum 20 credits at Level 4 or above) and Physiology (minimum 20 credits at Level 4 or above), plus an additional 20 credits in a relevant science subject (such as immunology, microbiology or genetics). All students need to have completed an undergraduate dissertation or research project.

Students with a 2:2 including a substantial amount of Biochemistry and Physiology will also be considered alongside performance at interview.

Applicants must also:

  • attend an interview
  • complete a satisfactory health check and Disclosure and Barring Service check

Months of entry


Course content

Our professional two-year postgraduate degree course in Nutrition and Dietetics will provide you with the eligibility to register as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and enter the workforce as a registered Allied Health Professional. Whether you’ll be working in the NHS, private healthcare, public health, the food and drink industry, sports nutrition or as a freelance dietitian working in the media, this course will allow you to use the protected title ‘Dietitian’. The course is also accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA), the professional body for dietitians.

We actively engage with local dietetic departments to provide you with a course that has an ethos of evidence-based practice and professional development to support you in both study and practice. The department has a strong reputation in research that is world-leading, and our teaching staff bring a wealth of expertise to the course in areas of nutrition. A significant part of the course also involves clinical placements in healthcare. We have fostered a longstanding, collaborative relationship with healthcare providers across Cheshire and Merseyside where you will be well-placed to gain the experience required to become a registered professional.

We highly recommend that all students interested in applying for Nutrition and Dietetics attend a  Dietetics Awareness Event put on by either the University or by a local partnership NHS Trust, to help increase your knowledge and awareness, and gain an insight into what it is like to work as a dietitian.

Students that do not wish to study the full MSc programme, can choose to study to a PGDip level instead.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of English Proficiency to the standard equivalent to Level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Department of Clinical Sciences and Nutrition