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Dietetics and Nutrition - PG Dip

Important note: the application window is closed

The application window for 2016/17 entry to this course is now closed. We usually begin accepting applications in September/October and close the application window in January.

Why study this course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and Nutrition is an intensive course suitable for graduates with a scientific background wishing to pursue a career as a dietitian.

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Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition 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.

Through successful completion of the course, which includes three compulsory practice placements, you will 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 or practitioner in all fields of dietetic practice.


Assessment of the course is by a combination of coursework and examination.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:1 or above Honours degree in science
  • ?10 days or more recent (within the last two years) work experience in a care environment
  • an enhanced DBS Check for the Adults' and Children's Workforce
  • clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service

You'll also be required to attend a dietetics career event.

Suitable science degrees include: biomedical science, human nutrition, nutritional science, biochemistry, physiology, human biology and pharmacology. A substantive component of biochemistry and human physiology is required, 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.

Normally successful applicants will have studied this at Level 5 in their degree. A nutritional studies component at degree level covering the basis 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 is also required.

Prospective applicants without nutrition are advised to take an additional 15 at Level 5 in nutrition to meet the requirement to have studied nutritional science. The University also offers an online course on the Fundamentals of Human Nutrition.

Previous qualifications

Qualifications should include Chemistry and Biology at grade C at A Level or equivalent, and Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above or equivalent.

Additional criteria

A strong interest in working within the NHS as a registered dietitian. A demonstrated understanding of the role of a dietitian and the skills required to carry out this role.

The Health and Care Professions Council requests that universities must satisfy themselves that applicants should not have a criminal conviction which would preclude them from the Register therefore a satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau prior to acceptance on the course. Candidates are required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire in order to ensure they are able to cope with the demands of the course.

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. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

This is an intensive course that provides a qualification that is at both professional and postgraduate level. This includes three statutory practical placements within approved NHS Trusts. The Postgraduate Diploma, which provides eligibility to apply to the register of health professionals with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is taught full-time over 18 months continuously commencing in September.

Year one

Autumn semester

  • Integrated Clinical Dietetics 1 (groups)
  • Assessment of Nutritional Status
  • Nutrition, Food science and Catering
  • Placement 1

Spring semester

  • Integrated Clinical Dietetics 2 (individuals)
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Advanced Pathology and Clinical Management of Disease


  • Placement 2
  • Preparation for Placement 3

Year two

Autumn semester

  • Placement 3

Read more details about the modules from our course specification. For further information you can take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

The postgraduate diploma in Dietetics and Nutrition 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 illness.

Dietitians work as part of a team to manage the health and nutritional needs of individuals, communities and populations. Graduating from the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics and Nutrition is the start of lifelong learning and an exciting and varied career in nutrition, health and disease management.

In order to make a valid application, you need to include the following:

  • Details of all academic qualifications including GCSE and A level subjects and grades (or equivalent). Evidence of these should also be attached as you'll be asked for them prior to enrolment
  • Transcripts of relevant degrees. Your application cannot be processed without these and will be returned to you if they are absent.
  • Two references. Please note: details must be provided and reference documents can be uploaded onto your application when received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to chase these as no offer can be made without them.
  • Completed personal statement. This must contain information on your interest, understanding of, and suitability for the dietetic profession. Applicants with a weak personal statement are unlikely to be shortlisted for interview.
  • Include detail of work experience, dietetic shadowing, and employment history. Pleae note: only one application is permitted per entry point. Resubmissions will not be considered.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location 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

The application window for 2016/17 entry to this course is now closed. We usually begin accepting applications in September/October and close the application window in January.

When to apply

Applications for 2016/17 are now closed.

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