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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.
Application status Open
Duration MSc: 2 years FT, PG Dip: 17 months FT. Both programmes include practice placements.
Study mode Full-time
Credit value MSc UK 180/ECTS 90; PG Dip120/ECTS 60
Programme accreditations Successful completion of examinations and practice placements will make you eligible to apply for registration by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) as a dietitian.
Course intake 16 FT.
Course leaders Annemarie Knight
Course contact for further information http://apply.kcl.ac.uk
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Academic:BSc in Nutrition, minimum of 2:1 or equivalent, or MSc in Nutrition, minimum of merit (60 per cent) or equivalent. Eligibility:Applicants must be eligible for home / EU fees status. Enrolment is dependent on satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (enhanced criminal conviction check) clearance and an Occupational Health check. NHS values:
As well as being a scientific and practical discipline, dietetics is a caring profession that requires important key values. These are best described using the six NHS values contained within the NHS Constitution.The six NHS values have been developed by patients, the public and NHS staff and are as follows:
All students studying dietetics at King’s are expected to demonstrate these values and this will be assessed during the admissions process.
Further details of the NHS values and the NHS constitution can be found here: www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Pages/nhscoreprinciples.aspx
Please apply to either the PG Dip or the MSc programme. Your application will be assessed and those ranked highest will be invited to a combined interview and Open Day. Interviews and selection will be undertaken by a range of academic staff, dietitians from practice and service users (e.g. patients). The interviews will review your understanding of nutritional sciences, public health nutrition, research methods, your interests and motivations in dietetics and in particular your values as a potential health professional.
A personal statement and full transcripts for all degrees you have undertaken are required. The transcript for each degree should list all modules taken and the grades achieved on each. Applicants who are still enrolled on a course should supply partial transcripts of the modules taken and grades achieved so far and should also supply a list of the modules that are currently being taken. Indicate whether you have observed dietitians at work or visited a Department of Nutrition and Dietetics within a hospital or community setting or have any relevant experience in a food-related or caring context. We strongly recommend that all applicants for the PG Dip/MSc in Dietetics have visited a Department of Nutrition and Dietetics within a hospital or community setting or attend an Open Day. For applicants outside of London, some Departments of Nutrition and Dietetics outside of London may be happy for you to contact them directly to arrange a visit or they may also organise open days. For applicants in the London area, in view of constraints on NHS resources within London, those applicants wishing to visit a department should not make direct contact with them. Rather, they should attend one of a number of Careers in Dietetics open days organised by local dietitians. For further details of these Careers in Dietetics open days please email email@example.com . Once you have undertaken a visit or attended an Open Day, you may be provided with a certificate of attendance and if not you should ask the dietitian to complete this “shadowing form ”. Copies of certificate of attendance or signed shadowing forms should be submitted with your application or submitted afterwards or at your interview.
The deadline for applications is 15th January 2017 for 2017 entry. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.
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 Dietetics study programme offers you flexibility with the choice of modules and whether to study part-time for a full masters qualification or Postgraduate Diploma. 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 programme is spent in clinical practice through placements and will provide you with unique opportunities to develop your clinical skills.
We use lectures, seminars, food service and diet therapy practicals, case study-based learning, observed structured clinical examinations and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. 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.
350 hours of contact time (approximately) will be campus based, additionally a further 28 weeks will be spent on practice placements.
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.
Dietetics MSc Pathway
You are also required to complete three full-time practice placements during the course:
Dietetics Postgraduate Diploma Pathway
King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.
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£9,450 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £6,300 (MSc, 2017/18)*
*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
In the government’s Spending Review of November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education over the next two years. Following a consultation regarding the proposed changes it has been determined that an interim NHS Bursary funding arrangement for students on post-graduate programmes commencing in September 2017 will be in place.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
Details of other scholarships can be found here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/pgt.aspx5
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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