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.
More about this course
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.
The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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:
-Advanced Pathology and Clinical Management of Disease (core, 20 credits)
-Assessment of Nutritional Status (core, 20 credits)
-Nutrition, Food Science and Catering (core, 20 credits)
-Placement 1 (core, 0 credits)
-Placement 2 (core, 0 credits)
-Placement 3 (core, 0 credits)
-Postgraduate Integrated Clinical Dietetics 1 (Groups) (core, 20 credits)
-Postgraduate Integrated Clinical Dietetics 2 (Individuals) (core, 20 credits)
-Preparation for Placement (core, 0 credits)
-Public Health and Epidemiology (core, 20 credits)
After the course
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.
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.
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: http://www.thefundingclinic.org.uk/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-bursary-reform/nhs-bursary-reform
London-based dietitians play both a strategic and operational role in developing and running the course, and are also prospective employers of our graduates.
Moving to one campus
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.