BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Human Nutrition and Dietetics is the application of the science of nutrition to the prevention and treatment of disease and the promotion of health at individual and population level.

GCU has the longest running dietetics degree course in Scotland. It provides an in-depth understanding of the physiological, psychological and sociological components of nutrition, and importantly how to enable behaviour change, understanding the barriers people face. You will develop the communication and professional skills required to be an effective, evidence-based dietitian and practice within an inter-professional workplace

The course's strong practical focus centres around problem-based learning in the classroom, nutrition laboratory and clinical simulation lab as well as knowledge and skills developed in the practice education components of the course.

The course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It follows the core curriculum set out by the BDA, leading to eligibility to apply for HCPC registration. Students are required to complete 1000 hours of practice education to be eligible.  

Your career

Many dietitians practice within a multidisciplinary team within the NHS, often progressing to specialist posts within areas such as paediatrics, oncology, renal, critical care and primary care. Others work in settings such as in industry, sport, media, education, government and non-government organisations and private practice. 

Year one

Fundamentals of Human Physiology, Cells and Biomolecules, Essentials of Nutritional Science, Introduction to Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, Preparation for Professional Practice

Year two

Introduction to Microbiology, Mechanisms of Cellular Regulation, Nutrition through the Lifecycle, Food Science, Research Methods in Human Energy Balance, Practice Education (Placement)

Year three

Applied Clinical Studies, Introduction to Counselling Skills, Therapeutic Dietetics 1 and 2, Understanding Professional Teams and Leadership, Nutrition and Public Health

Year four

Practice Education Placements and Honours Project

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Additional costs for Scottish domiciled students

If you are a Scottish domiciled student, you will not need to pay for PVG checks, occupational health checks or uniforms. Check out the SAAS Nursing and Midwifery student placement expenses claim and Allied Health Professions student placement expenses claim forms. 

Additional costs for all other students (rest of UK, EU and International)

During this course, you will be required to cover the cost of:
- Uniforms: approximately £16 each. The number of uniforms you require depends on the duration of your course and can range from two to four.
- Occupational health checks and vaccination set fee of £325
- Membership of Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. New applications cost £59. Updates to the existing scheme record cost £18.  

Invoices will be issued by the University for payment of all of the above additional costs in Trimester B (March/April) of the first year of your programme.

- Potential accommodation and additional travel costs during practice education placements


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl English, Chemistry and one other Science) Nat 5: B (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement: BBCC (incl English, Chemistry and one other Science) Nat 5: B (English and Maths)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: BCC (incl Chemistry) GCSE: B/6 (English, Maths and one other Science)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl Chemistry, English and one other Science) O1/O2: (Maths)
IB Diploma: 28 points (incl Chemistry and one other Science at H6)
BTEC: DMM Ext Dip (incl Chemistry and one other Science) GCSE: B/6 (Maths and English)
SWAP: Dietetics/Science - BBB (incl Chemistry)
College HNC: Science qualification - graded unit B (incl sufficient coverage of Chemistry)

English language IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or equivalent)

Additional requirements

Applicants will be expected to show evidence in the application of their interest in Dietetics and any skills and abilities gained from life and work experience which would be advantageous for a future career in dietetics. We do not expect all our applicants to have visited a dietetic department but if you are fortunate enough to have experience of speaking with a dietician or visiting a dietetic team, then it is appropriate to include this in your personal statement.

Disclosure Requirement: Students are required to undergo an enhanced criminal disclosure procedure with Disclosure Scotland prior to placement.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

The programme is accredited by the British Dietetic Association and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

We use a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment methods to ensure that students have both the necessary knowledge and the personal skills needed for the workplace.

Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, laboratory reports, case studies, oral presentations, posters, case studies, presentations and group work.
A blended teaching and learning approach is adopted in all modules. Students are empowered to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop critical thinking skills.

Lectures, kitchen and laboratory practicals are augmented by seminar and tutorial sessions to facilitate students’ learning. Lectures introduce key theoretical principles, and seminars and tutorials allow for discussion in smaller groups. Kitchen and laboratory practicals as well as practice education placements provide the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience. Students’ learning is further enhanced through guest lectures from local dietitians who are experts in their specific specialities.

Innovations in the area of teaching and learning include our Going Digital Framework which underpins how we design and facilitate our digital learning for now and the future. This includes ensuring that students are ready to work with the digital platforms increasingly used in the workplace.

All students benefit from using our virtual learning environment, GCU Learn. GCU Learn provides a dedicated platform for teaching and learning materials as well as links to online resources, module reading lists and directed reading. It enhances communication between staff and students via its facility to post announcements and discussion forums, and is designed to help students build their knowledge and regularly engage with the syllabus.