Course Comparison

MDiet (Hons) Dietetics MSc Human Nutrition
Master of Dietetics - MDiet (Hons) Master of Science - MSc
4 years 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Full-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
School of Health Professions School of Health Professions
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff



All applicants must have at least 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4 or above and must include English, maths and a science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications


A Level

128 (ABB) from three A levels which must include Biology plus a second science, preferably Chemistry but will accept  Maths /Physics /Psychology /Sociology/ Geography/Geology/Environmental science. Excludes general studies.

Extended project will be counted if nutrition-related subject (this will be considered at confirmation).


32 points overall to include Higher Level 5 in Biology and Higher Level 5 in second Science, preferably Chemistry (will consider Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology, Environmental science). If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 7.0 overall (6.5 min in each element).

IELTS: 7.0 Overall with 6.5 in all elements

Pre-sessional will be available for applicants with a 6.5 overall and 6.5 in all elements, refer to International Admissions Team.


Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. science, combined science, medicine) with at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 33 must be at distinction level with 15 credits in biology and 15 credits in a second science (preferably chemistry, but others might be considered including maths, physics, psychology, sociology, geography, environmental science). The remaining 12 level 3 credits must be at merit.


BTEC National Diploma/Extended Diploma - DDM - Science related. Must contain strong Biology and second science module (preferably Chemistry, but may also consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science). An A level alongside is preferable.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules including their credit rating within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on +44 1752 585858 or email, where a member of the team can offer.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Direct entry to year 2

If you have achieved certificated learning in addition to the entry criteria required for your programme of study, it may be possible to accredit this learning towards your chosen course. Full details on how to make an application are available on our open access MOODLE site (download details on how to access the site and submit your claim and supporting evidence). Your application will then be assessed and you will receive confirmation by email on the status of your claim.

Extended requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements (if you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at the University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course).
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Further information

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is not physically possible for us (but we can waive your interview in the next cycle if you have already been interviewed successfully this cycle).

International Application Deadline

Due to this programme requiring applicants to have an interview and meet non-academic conditions, the deadline for international applications is 30th June 2022 for September 2022 entry.


You need to have a BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.


You need to have an equivalent BSc (Hons) degree at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent in a science or social science subject.

International students must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University of Plymouth's Admissions Code of Practice and requirements set out by the AfN, This will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of at least 6.0 in each element and a mean score of 6.5.   


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We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.