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Dietetics and Nutrition - PG Dip

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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. It will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the issues and concepts related to human nutrition and dietetics, and includes three statutory practical placements within NHS approved Trusts. Successful completion leads to eligibility to apply to the register of health and care professions as a dietitian. In the most recent (2014-15) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This is an accelerated programme that builds on prior learning and provides you with a practical and sound scientific understanding of dietetics and nutrition. It will help you become a safe, effective learner and practitioner in all fields of dietetic practice.

You'll learn the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease. We'll help you adapt this knowledge into practical guidance on helping others make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

You'll also learn about food, nutrition, dietetics and relevant disease aetiology, pathology and management. Clinical skills, research skills and public health are also embedded in the course, as well as three compulsory practice placements.

Successfully complete the course to become eligible for application to the register of health professionals who meet the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.

The course is approved by the HCPC and accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).


You'll be assessed through seminar and poster presentations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), case studies, scientific reports, unseen examinations and in-class tests.

Professional accreditation

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)..

You will be required to have:

  • 2:1 or above honours degree in suitable life science subjects including biomedical science, human nutrition, nutritional science, biochemistry, physiology, human biology and pharmacology
  • 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
  • A level Chemistry and Biology both at grade C
  • GCSE English and Mathematics 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

You will be required to pass a London Met interview demonstrating values that promote compassion, dignity and respect, as well as attend a dietetic career event.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Nutritional science

Normally, successful applicants will have studied nutritional science at Level 5 in their degree. A nutritional studies component at degree level covers 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.

Prospective applicants who have not studied nutritional science are advised to take a module of an additional 15 credits at Level 5 in nutrition in order to meet the requirement to have studied nutritional science. London Met also offers an online course on the Fundamentals of Human Nutrition.

Applicant checklist

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

  • details and evidence of all academic qualifications including GCSE and A level subjects and grades (or equivalent) 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 -  details must be provided and reference documents can be uploaded onto your application when received, bearing in mind it is your responsibility to chase these as no offer can be made without them a completed personal statement that must contain information on your interest, understanding of, and suitability for the dietetic profession - a weak personal statement makes you unlikely to be shortlisted for interview
  • include details of your work experience (paid or voluntary), attendance at a career event or related activities and employment history

Please note: only one application is permitted per entry point. Resubmissions will not be considered.

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 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 lecturers have been very helpful. I can tell they are passionate about what they do, which in turn has helped me learn more effectively in class. The feedback they provide is usually prompt, proving to be very useful to me in my studies."
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"The course has been brilliant and I have definitely learnt a lot from it. The guest lectures have been inspirational to me, and I feel excited to work in the field."

Dietitians work help manage the health and nutritional needs of individuals, communities and populations. This postgraduate diploma will provide you with the core knowledge and skills needed to work in a wide variety of areas, such as public health and health promotion, nutrition related disease and/or disease related malnutrition management and primary care management involving dietary needs in patients with long-term health conditions.

The funding arrangements for pre-registration Health Care Courses are changing from September 2017. Please refer to The Funding Clinic and the UK government website for more information.

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.

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International students: This course is currently funded by the NHS and only home/EU students can apply.

When to apply

We usually begin accepting applications in September and close the application window in January.

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