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Dietetics MSc, PG Dip



In addition to the taught modules detailed in the module list, students will undertake three practice placements:

Placement 1. Two weeks at the end of Semester 1

Placement 2. Twelve weeks between May and July in year 1

Placement 3. Fourteen weeks between October and December in year 2

MSc students will also complete a research project between February and May in year 2.

Successful completion of examinations and practice placements will make you eligible to apply for registration as a dietitian with the HCPC.


Key benefits

  • Successful completion of examinations and practice placements will make you eligible to apply for registration as a dietitian in the UK.

  • A fully integrated campus and practice placement programme that features interprofessional learning with students from other health disciplines and clinical simulation.

  • Teaching by research-active dietitians and practitioners who are leaders in their fields, with access to first-class research facilities.

  • Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration MSc: 22 months 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

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Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


BSc in Nutrition, minimum of 2:1 or equivalent, or MSc in Nutrition, minimum of merit (60 per cent) or equivalent. 


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:

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 .

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

We are no longer accepting applications to this course for 2016 entry.


Course detail


Gain the knowledge, skills and professional attitude necessary to practise as a registered dietitian. Includes modules, practical placements and the MSc also includes a research project. On successful completion you can apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Course purpose

To equip students with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes required to practise as a Registered Dietitian. For applicants who already have a BSc or MSc in Nutrition.

Course format and assessment

Core lectures; tutorials; interactive seminars; food service and diet therapy practicals; case study-based learning; observed structured clinical examination; practice placements. Assessed by coursework, presentations, written examinations and portfolio- based placement assessment.

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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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

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Full time tuition fees - Overseas


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The NHS pays the tuition fees of successful UK and EU applicants. UK students are also eligible to apply for means-tested bursaries to contribute to living costs.

Details of other scholarships can be found here:

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


Important information posted 30th November 2015

New funding arrangements for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education announced in the recent Spending Review

In his Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced changes to the funding of education for nursing, midwifery and allied health care professional education.   These changes will involve replacing bursary support with loans for students studying nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects (including BSc/MSc Physiotherapy and BSc/PGDip/MSc Dietetics) from September 2017.

The proposals, which are subject to consultation, will remove the cap on the number of student places universities can offer for these subjects and it is anticipated that they will enable an additional 10,000 new training places to be made available in this Parliament.

For the benefit of existing students and prospective applicants we are providing a link to the Council of Deans information page entitled ‘The 2015 Spending Review Changes to Nursing, Midwifery and AHP Education – Background Information for Students’ and will provide update information as soon as this becomes available.


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