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Course content

The Dietetics study programme aims to equip graduates who already have a BSc or MSc in Nutrition with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required to practise as a Registered Dietitian.

Key benefits

  • We are Europe's largest centre for medical and professional healthcare education.
  • You will undertake 28 weeks of practice placements in a variety of settings.
  • Unique opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health.
  • King’s College London is ranked 16th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2017 subject ranking).
  • You will be eligible to apply for Registration in Dietetics with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Description

Registered dietitians are qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems in society. They translate public health and scientific research on food, health and disease into practical guidance enabling people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The MSc pathway is a two-year course that requires modules totalling 285 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway is studied over a shorter period of 17 months and requires completed modules with a total of 225 credits. Part of the course is spent in clinical practice through placements and will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your clinical skills and improve your employability.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use different teaching strategies: lectures, seminars, food service and diet therapy practicals, case study-based learning, observed structured clinical examinations and group tutorials, to deliver the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

The MSc pathway involves approximately 850 hours of self-directed learning plus 600 hours of project work.

The PG Dip pathway involves approximately 850 hours of self-directed learning.

For both pathways 350 hours of contact time (approximately) will be campus based, additionally a further 28 weeks will be spent on practice placements.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, practical assessments and examinations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Course accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Most of our graduates go on to work within the NHS, either in hospital or community health services. Former graduates have also found employment in a range of organisations including research institutes, consumer groups, food retailers, and government departments and agencies. Others have become successful food and health journalists or developed careers in the food and pharmaceutical industries.


Visit the Dietetics - MSc / PG Dip page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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