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Dietetics and Nutrition - PG Dip

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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. 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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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

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

You will be required to have:

  • 2:1 or above honours degree in science
  • A level Chemistry and Biology both at grade C
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • 10 days or more recent (within the last two years) work experience in a care environment
  • ?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
  • interview may also be required

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

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 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

Normally successful applicants will have studied this 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 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.

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.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module will provide students with a critical understanding of the aetiology, pathology, medical, pharmacological and surgical management of a range of diseases including HIV, renal, liver, cancer and those of the GI tract and respiratory systems.

    Notes: This module is a pre-requisite for placement 2 and 3. Students should normally pass this module before progressing to placement 2.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    This module focuses on the critical evaluation of the methodologies used in the assessment of nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module will provide students with a critical understanding of food safety legislation and practice and the effects of food production, preparation and processing on the nutrient content of food. Students will also gain an in depth understanding of catering management and the use of nutritional standards in the public sector alongside other key aspects of food systems management. In addition to this students will gain key professional skills including how to develop professional portfolios, key infection control practices and an in-depth understanding of research processes.

    As part of this module students will complete a validated Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    Placement 1 is a 2 week placement providing the opportunity for students to observe and begin to develop core skills in implementing the dietetic care process with individuals in a variety of settings.
    Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where significant health problems have arisen an occupational health assessment will be required at any time prior to or during the placement.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action prior to their next placement placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health and care professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Diploma Dietetics and Nutrition.
    • Students are not usually eligible for a repeat attempt of Placement 1. If an individual student fails to achieve the learning outcomes of placement 1 the student should be counselled and advised on an alternative course route.
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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester
    • summer studies

    Placement 2 provides the opportunity for students to build on their academic knowledge of nutrition and dietetics for individuals and groups in a range of environments. They will experience different ways of communicating with a variety of people and practice skills that they will use throughout their careers. The students will also establish links with practising dietitians in the area. They will acquire and demonstrate a range of skills which will be assessed against the British Dietetic Association (2013) Curriculum Framework

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where significant health problems have arisen an occupational health assessment will be required at any time prior to or during the placement.
    • Students should not normally take re-assessments during the placement period but may take a maximum of one reassessment component with the prior agreement of the practice educator and placement tutor.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action prior to their next placement placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health and care professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Diploma Dietetics and Nutrition.
    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester
    • summer studies

    Placement 3 is a 14 week placement providing the opportunity for students to observe and develop core skills in implementing the dietetic care process with individuals, groups and organisations/ communities in a variety of settings. They will experience different ways of communicating with a variety of people and practice skills that they will use throughout their careers. The students will also establish links with practising dietitians in the area. They will acquire and demonstrate a range of skills which will be assessed against the British Dietetic Association (2013) Curriculum Framework.

    Brief Guidance Notes:

    • Students will work the same hours as a full time member of staff. Some flexibility may be required to allow for out of hours work. Students should normally have 3 hours per week as dedicated study time.
    • Students should normally attend 100% of the placement. If sickness results in absence from placement, students will be expected to make up an agreed number of hours or repeat the placement, subject to discussion between the HEI and lead practice educator. This will take into account current performance and potential effects on future progression. Any occupational health requirements related to prolonged sickness absence should be managed through the HEI provision.
    • Where health problems have arisen an occupational health fitness for placement assessment will be required.
    • Student services are available to provide counselling and other support mechanisms as required. Students will have to take action on advice from their placement and university staff.
    • Students should not normally take re-assessments during the placement period but may take a maximum of one reassessment component with the prior agreement of the practice educator and placement tutor.
    • If students have additional learning needs identified on placement such as a requirement for maths study skills or have specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyspraxia they will be required to take appropriate remedial action whilst waiting for the repeat placement. Guidance and support will be offered by the university through the Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and placement tutor.
    • Students who have requirements which impact on their ability to take up placements in particular locations (due to a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act (2010)) should register with the university’s Disability and Dyslexia Service as recommendations relating to reasonable adjustments made by this service will also be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation. Placements have experience of managing additional needs and reasonable adjustments will be put in place.
    • Students have the opportunity to indicate on their placement application form any carer responsibilities which may impact their ability to take up specific placements. Students must provide details of their carer responsibilities and provide supporting evidence to their Placement Tutor prior to the point of allocation. Students should outline clearly how their carer responsibilities impact on their placement selection and what features are required of the placement. Providing this information will not guarantee that the student will be allocated to one of their preferences but the student’s circumstances will be considered at the time the student is selected for allocation.
    • This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are eligible to apply to the register of health professionals on completion of BSc (Hons) Dietetics and Nutrition/PG Dip Dietetics and Nutrition.
    Read full details.
  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module focuses on the medical, surgical, pharmacological and dietary management of a range of conditions including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, allergic diseases and mental health. It also covers methods of nutritional support and infant, childhood and adolescent nutrition. Students will learn how to undertake a nutrition and dietetic assessment and devise treatment plans. Students will also learn how to deliver group education sessions.

    This module forms an essential part of placement preparation and students are normally required to pass this before progressing to placement 2 (DI6W52).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday

    This module provides an opportunity for students to further develop their understanding and practice of the dietary management of diseases in both adults and children. It also enables students to develop their skills in undertaking one to one consultations.

    This module forms an essential part of placement preparation. Students must pass this module before progressing to placement 2.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module builds on the experiences from Placements 1 and focuses on consolidating the skills and knowledge developed in preparation for undertaking Placement 2 and 3.

    Brief Guidance Notes: This module does not provide academic credit but successful completion is an essential requirement of the course to ensure that students are sufficiently prepared for the demands of placement 2 and 3.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday morning

    This module aims to develop knowledge and skills of nutritional epidemiology and its application to public health nutrition. Students will learn the theory and application of public health and will understand the process of undertaking a public health nutrition strategy.
    Assessment:

    1. Report which will be a business case apply for funding to implement a public health project (2500 words) (50%);
    2. An evaluative poster of the public health nutrition component of placement 3 (750 words) (25%) ; this will be due when students return from placement during the exam period of the Autumn semester of the students’ second year.
    3. This will be accompanied by the third component, an oral presentation (25%) of the poster (for 20 minutes).

    Notes: Restricted to PGDip/MSc Dietetics & Nutrition

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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

Summer

  • 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 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, dietetic shadowing and employment history

Please 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

Use the apply button to begin your application.

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 December and close the application window in January.

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