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Dietetics MSc, PG Dip

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Overview

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 gain practical experience through research, development and project work.
  • Unique opportunities to attend meetings at the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on Food and Health.
  • King’s College London is ranked 8th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health (Times Higher Education 2015/16 subject ranking).
  • You will be eligible to apply for Registration in Dietetics with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Key information

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

Further details

Course contact for further information

http://apply.kcl.ac.uk

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

DepartmentDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics

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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 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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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 and PG Dip pathways involve approximately 850 hours of self-directed learning. For the MSc you will also undertake  600 hours of project work.

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

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.

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

Dietetics MSc Pathway

You are also required to complete three full-time practice placements during the course:

  • Placement 1 (15 credits)
  • Placement 2 (45 credits)
  • Placement 3 (45 credits)

Dietetics Postgraduate Diploma Pathway

You are also required to complete three full-time practice placements during the course:

  • Placement 1 (15 credits)
  • Placement 2 (45 credits)
  • Placement 3 (45 credits)

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.

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

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:

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

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

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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 dietetics@kcl.ac.uk .

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.

Application closing date

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. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: NHS funded*
  • Full time overseas fees: N/A
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

*Important Information:

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.  

For further information on the NHS Funding information, please see the link here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-bursary-reform/nhs-bursary-reform

 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.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

As public interest in food and health grows, career opportunities for qualified dietitians are expanding every year. The largest employer of our graduates is the NHS, either in hospital or community health services. Former students have also gone on to be employed 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.

 

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