Dietetics and Nutrition - MSc
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Why study this course?
The Dietetics and Nutrition MSc is an intensive course suitable for graduates with a scientific background wishing to pursue a career as a dietitian.
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition related problems at an individual and wider public health level. Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. (Ref: Role of Dietitians)
The course provides teaching and learning in food, nutrition, dietetics and relevant disease aetiology, pathology and management. Additionally, clinical skills, research skills and public health are embedded in the course.
London Metropolitan University has state-of-the-art facilities including a simulated ward and outpatients department to help you develop your skills in clinical practice. Some specialist aspects of the course are delivered by guest lecturers who are experts within the field of health and nutrition and dietetics.
Through successful completion of the course, which includes three compulsory practice placements, you’ll develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide eligibility to apply to the register of health professionals who meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.
This is an accelerated programme to build on prior learning and provides a practical and sound scientific base in all the subjects necessary for a full understanding of the issues and concepts related to dietetics and nutrition. It helps you become a safe, effective learner and practitioner in all fields of dietetic practice.
Please note: You must complete the non-credit bearing placement modules to obtain the professionally accredited title award, Dietetics and Nutrition MSc. If you don't successfully complete these placement modules, you will be awarded the title, Food and Health Studies MSc.
You'll be assessed through seminar and poster presentations, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE), case studies, scientific reports, unseen examinations and in-class tests.
The course leads to eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register of Health and Care Professions.
The course is accredited by the British Dietetics Association (BDA).
You will be required to have:
- a minimum of an upper-second class (2:1) honours degree in life science subjects
- A level Chemistry and Biology both at grade C
- English and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
- significant nutrition-related work experience (paid or voluntary) within a health or social care setting
- an enhanced DBS check for the adult's and children's workforce
- clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service
- passed an interview and demonstrate the values that promote compassion, dignity, and respect
- attended at a dietetics career event
Suitable science degrees include:
- biomedical science
- human nutrition
- nutritional science
- human biology
A substantive component of biochemistry and human physiology is required in these degrees, including:
- cell biology concerning cell structure and intracellular activities
- concepts of cell theory
- an understanding of the fundamentals of biological chemistry required for the study of biosciences at a higher level
- key biochemical molecules and their role in cellular activities
- physiological processes concentrating on the organ and systems level
Prospective students come from various different undergraduate science backgrounds are considered for the course. Due to the nature of this, it may mean that some of the required learning as covered in our entry requirements are missing. Common areas where students may have insufficient learning include biochemistry, cell biology, anatomy and physiology or microbiology.
All the following modules are offered from our Biomedical Studies MSc and can be completed as stand alone modules.
If your degree does not contain sufficient biochemistry, you could take the following module:
If your degree does not contain sufficient cell biology you could take the following module:
If your degree does not contain sufficient anatomy and physiology you could take the following module:
If your degree does not contain sufficient microbiology you could take the following module:
Successful applicants should have studied nutrition science at Level 5 in their degree to a minimum of 15 credits. Applicants should understand the principles of nutritional science including macro and micro nutrients and their role in the diet, the nutritional composition of foods, and the links between diet and disease.
Prospective applicants who have not studied nutrition science at degree level are advised to take an additional 15 credits at Level 5 in nutrition to meet this requirement.
The University also offers an online course on the Fundamentals of Human Nutrition.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at level 7.0, with no individual component of less than 6.5. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.
For further information and support about how to prepare your application and meet our entry requirements place visit our frequently asked questions webpage.
Year 1 modules include:
- Advanced Pathology and Clinical Management of Disease (core, 20 credits)
- Assessment of Nutritional Status (core, 20 credits)
- Nutrition, Food Science and Catering (core, 20 credits)
- Placement 1 (core, 0 credits)
- Placement 2 (core, 0 credits)
- Placement 3 (core, 0 credits)
- Postgraduate Integrated Clinical Dietetics 1 (Groups) (core, 20 credits)
- Postgraduate Integrated Clinical Dietetics 2 (Individuals) (core, 20 credits)
- Preparation for Placement (core, 0 credits)
- Public Health and Epidemiology (core, 20 credits)
The Dietetics and Nutrition MSc will provide dietetic graduates with core knowledge and skills to enable individuals to work in a wide variety of areas such as public health and health promotion, the management of nutrition related disease and/or disease related malnutrition and in primary care managing dietary needs in long term health conditions.
Dietitians work as part of a team to manage the health and nutritional needs of individuals, communities and populations. Graduating from MSc Dietetics and Nutrition is the start of lifelong learning and an exciting and varied career in nutrition, health and disease management.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
How to apply
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When to apply
Applications open in September and are accepted until mid-January. Compulsory interviews are held in March and applicants are informed of the decision following interviews in April.