Dietetics, food and human nutrition
London Metropolitan University is one of only two universities in London where you can study dietetics at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. On successful completion of either of these courses you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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What is a dietitian?
Dietitians are uniquely trained to interpret scientific information about food and communicate this information in a practical, accessible way to individuals, groups and communities.
The majority of dietitians start their careers in the National Health Service, either in a hospital or community setting, and later on in their careers will have the opportunity to specialise in a range of areas including paediatric dietetics, renal dietetics, diabetes, cancer therapy and public health nutrition. There are also opportunities for dietitians to work in a range of other areas such as the food industry, sports, education and research.
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the professional association for dietitians and you can find out more information about pursuing a career in dietetics on their website. At London Met we also run regular "Careers in Dietetics" events. These events are intended for those who have already applied to study dietetics or those who are currently in the process of applying to study dietetics. They provide prospective students the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of a dietitian.
Why study dietetics at London Met?
Our dietetics teaching team, in conjunction with all staff in the School of Human Sciences, are committed to supporting you in achieving your goal of working as a dietitian.
The team come from a wide range of backgrounds including specialist clinical dietetics, research and public health and are dedicated to equipping you to excel in the diverse opportunities that a career in dietetics can provide in the twenty-first century.
Dietetic students at London Met have access to outstanding teaching facilities including the world-class science centre that provides unparalleled facilities for teaching and research. You can find out more information about the facilities on offer to our students including the superlab, lifestyle clinic and food technology lab by visiting our facilities page.
The dietetics team at London Met also work closely with NHS London and dietitians working in a broad range of fields within NHS Trusts and private institutions across London to enhance the student learning experience. Practicing, specialist dietitians are involved in the delivery of academic modules to ensure that students gain an insight into both the most up-to-date evidence base and the challenges of delivering dietetic care.
Students also complete a number of clinical placements throughout their academic programme within dietetic teams at the forefront of providing excellent dietetic care. Those studying at London Met are able to complete these placements in a diverse range of settings including world-renowned specialist centres, teaching hospitals and 15 NHS Foundation Trusts. Excellent student support is provided by University teams and clinical dietetic teams.
Food science is an essential part of the study of nutrition and consumer studies. Our Food Science MSc gives you the opportunity to study the subject to a higher level. The master's degree is recognised by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the leading UK qualifying body for the subject and graduates may apply for associate membership. We encourage you to join the IFST whilst you are studying.
The course leader is a fellow of the Institute and one other member of the course team is a member and both sit on the committee of the South East Branch. The IFST organises a number of events during the year that you can attend, but there are also meetings with the Royal Society and the Society of Chemical Industry.
The study of Human Nutrition is recognised as important in the prevention of disease and it is the study of the influence of food intake on health. The human nutrition staff have a wide range of expertise ranging from whole body metabolic research, epidemiology, dietary assessment and clinical research and these interests are reflected in the BSc and MSc courses offered in this area.
The human nutrition staff are all registered nutritionists (RN) or registered public health nutritionists (RPHN) and the Human Nutrition BSc course has been accredited by the Association for Nutrition for a number of years. More recently both the Human Nutrition (Public Health / Sports) MSc routes have also been accredited by the Association for Nutrition. This allows students to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Accredited Nutritionists after they graduate.
Other useful links
Resources for practice
- British Dietetic Assocation (BDA) careers website
- Dietetics placement approval process for a new placement
- NHS criminal record and barring checks March 2017
Placement 1, 2 and 3 resources
- Placements 1,2 and 3 FAQs
- Benchmarks for placements 2 and 3 updated July 2015
- Placements 1,2,3 Learning Outcomes
- Peer assisted learning resource pack for PEs
- Supervising Dietitian 5 Minute Feedback Form
- Paediatric Dietitians and Student Training
- Placement 1 Student Handbook
- Only for students placed at Great Ormond Street Hospital – Placement 1 paediatric handbook is for use only if students are placed within a paediatric department for the whole two weeks of placement
- End of Placement 1 review form
- Placement 2 Student Handbook
- Placement 2 know can do
- Placement 2 sample programme
- End of Placement 2 Review Form.docx
- Placement 3 Student Handbook
- Placement 3 know can do
- Placement 3 sample Daily supervisor Programme
- Placement 3 sample Traditional Block Programme
- End of Placement 3 Review Form
- Public Health Component of Placement 3 Guidance
London allocations policy 2016/17
Practice educator training
The aim of this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme is to provide training to meet a range of learning needs for both new and experienced practice educators across London.
Delegates will be sent handouts by email in advance of the workshops and asked to print these out and bring them along.
If you're interested in attending these events, book online using the links below. You will receive more specific details on the sessions nearer the time.
If you're unsure which session to attend, please contact email@example.com.
Programme of events
Introduction to practice education
A one-day course ideal for Band 5 Dietitians new to student training, anyone who is new to student training or has had a break from training and wishes to refresh their supervisory skills in training students on placement.
- the placement experience
- teaching clinical skills – clinical reasoning and the dietetic care process
- assessment of competence
- expectations and benchmarks
- communicating progress and providing feedback
- placement programmes – including an introduction to peer-assisted learning
Advanced practice in student training on placement
A one-day workshop for dietitians new to Student Lead or for student supervisors wishing to enhance their skills in student training.
- preparing for student placements
- programme planning and management
- dietetic processes and various learning outcomes
- managing challenging students
- constructive feedback and dealing with failing or difficult student
London Student Training Forum
Thank you to those who expressed interest in attending the Student Training Forum at London Met that was due to take place on 5 July. As the British Dietetic Association (BDA) is running its own student training forum later in the year, we decided at the recent stakeholders' meeting to cancel our event this year, as we would like to encourage London representation at the BDA event.
Bespoke sessions, facilitated by the placements team within departments, will only be undertaken if a quality issue has been identified or if a new programme is being established.
All requests should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by the London cluster placements team.
Online student training course
The London placement team at London Metropolitan University has developed an online short course for locum/bank/short-contract dietitians enabling them to take part in the supervision and assessment of student dietitians on practice placements in London. The online course has been endorsed for continuing professional development by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
The course is for any temporary staff within a department who have sufficient clinical experience to be able to supervise students on placement but will not be in post for long enough to be entitled to attend the two-day introduction practice educator workshop. On completion of the course staff will be regarded as associate supervisors, ie they can supervise students in day-to-day tasks, assess whether they're meeting the required standards and give them constructive feedback to help them to improve their performance. The course is specific to London dietetic students although the skills developed will be transferable to other locations.
The course takes approximately six hours to complete.
The course content is currently being revised and will be available in September 2017. In the meantime, please refer to the student placement handbooks under the Placements tab.
Once you've decided to apply for dietetics
These events are intended for those who have already applied to study dietetics or those who are currently in the process of applying to study dietetics. They provide prospective dietetic students with the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a dietitian.
Please note, these career events are organised by the University and the dietetic department. You are advised not to contact a different dietetic department to arrange dietetic shadowing, but to use the links below to book a place to get an insight into dietetics.
After attending the session, you'll:
- know the role of a dietitian and have explored possible career opportunities
- gain insight into specialist dietetics in both the acute and primary care settings
- understand the relationship between dietetics and the specialist dietary products industry
- gain insight into patients' perspectives of healthcare and/or dietetics
- be aware of the role of the British Dietetic Association (BDA)
- understand the challenges and experiences of a newly qualified dietitian
- Hillingdon Career Event on Wednesday 31 May 2017, 9am to 1pm at The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Undergraduate courses in Dietetics, Food and Human Nutrition
This degree will help you develop the relevant knowledge and skills to become a dietitian. You'll study life and nutritional sciences, exploring the role of diet and nutrition in disease prevention and treatment.
If you're passionate about improving human health through better nutrition and disease prevention, this course, accredited by the Association for Nutrition, will give you an excellent grounding in both scientific and applied public health nutrition.
This extended degree in Human Nutrition includes a foundation year (Year 0), during which you'll gain the necessary background in key scientific disciplines and improve your confidence and motivation.