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Dietetics and Nutrition PG Dip

Course Description

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.

About the course

Dieticians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Dieticians 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 Dieticians)

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

Modular structure

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


Placement 2
Preparation for Placement 3

Year two:

Autumn semester

Placement 3

After the course

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.

Dieticians 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.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Dietetics and Nutrition PG Dip page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ali Raid Baker

3083.jpg "I owe a large part of my success to London Met and the people I met there. Every experience I had at London Met, big and small, played a role in my story."


Entry Requirements

For the entry requirements for this course please see the London Met website: View Website

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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