Human Nutrition & Dietetics

Department of Life Sciences

Nutritional science deals with the effect of the food we consume on our bodies, while dietetics applies the science of nutrition to the prevention and treatment of disease and the promotion of health.

Dietitians assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. They use up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, society, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The team’s expertise in public health nutrition, clinical and community dietetics, health promotion and sports nutrition helps to inform our teaching on a wide range of modules across several programmes in nutrition and dietetics.

Areas of Excellence

Glasgow Caledonian University has a long track record in nutrition and dietetics education, with the longest running Dietetics programme in the UK, and an excellent reputation within the profession for the high calibre of our graduates. This is achieved by top quality teaching (as evidenced by NSS data) alongside the development of independent learning skills in the students to allow them to reach their full potential. 

Our newly refurbished nutrition kitchen laboratory provides an excellent teaching facility for students to develop practical skills. Many specialist topics are taught by currently practising dietitians and nutritionists who are invited to the university to share their expertise with the students.

Particular strengths and experience of staff include:

  • Research expertise in maternal and child nutrition, obesity management and nutrition of older people with dementia
  • Two of our staff are trained anthropometrists with the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK)
  • Two members of staff nominated in recent student-led Teaching awards
  • Three staff have Fellowship of HEA
  • Sports nutrition expertise
  • Expertise in nutritional epidemiology
  • All staff are registered with HCPC (Dietetics) and/or Association for Nutrition.

Employability

Employability of GCU dietetics graduates is excellent, with the majority of graduates from the dietetics programmes finding employment in the NHS within a few months of graduating. Many graduates from the MSc Clinical Nutrition and Health programme return to their home countries to practise nutrition or dietetics.

Programmes to Consider

Academic Staff

  • Dr Julie Armstrong
  • Dr Yvonne Brogan
  • Dr Jennie Jackson
  • Ms Emma Kinrade
  • Ms Christine Monaghan
  • Mrs Pamela Smith

Accreditation

  • BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics (accredited by HCPC and BDA)
  • PgD Dietetics (pre-registration) (accredited by HPC and BDA)
  • MSc Clinical Nutrition and Health (accredited by Association for Nutrition)

Industry Links

  • Scottish Government - Expert consultant for Maternal and Infant Nutrition Strategy (2009-on-going) (Julie Armstrong)
  • NHS: Professional training provided in Clinical Supervisory Skills for Dietitians Training Students (Christine Monaghan).
  • NHS Health Scotland - Expert consultant for National Nutrition guidance for Early Years review (2011–on–going) (Julie Armstrong)
  • Media trained dietitian (Emma Kinrade)
  • NHS Quality Improvement Scotland – Expert consultant for Improving Nutritional Care programme 2009-10 (Jennie Jackson)
  • Food Standard Agency - Expert consultant for Monitoring Scottish Diet (Julie Armstrong/Yvonne Brogan)
  • Olympic committee sports liaison (Emma Kinrade)
  • Scottish Institute of Sport Liaison (Pamela Smith)
  • Professional trainer in anthropometry (ISAK Level 3) (Pamela Smith)
  • NHS hospital menu analysis 2009-10 (Julie Armstrong, Jennie Jackson)

Employability

  • Excellent employability for all of our students including international students returning home.
  • Most graduates of the UG and PG dietetics programmes find work in the NHS within a few months of graduation.
  • A graduate of the MSc Clinical Nutrition and Health programme from Rwanda is now working as a Nutritionist for the World Food Programme. Graduates from Malaysia are working as senior clinical dietitians. A graduate from Chile is a Nutrition Lecturer in University in Chile.

Globally Networked

  • The MSc Clinical Nutrition and Health programme has attracted students from Rwanda, Malaysia, India, Chile (Santander scholarships), Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Kuwait, Oman, China, India.
  • Research collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, USA. Research study on maternal and infant nutrition and growth.
  • Collaboration with Kumasi Polytechnic in Ghana on curriculum development of Nutrition programmes.