King’s Department of Nutritional Sciences is a leader in the training of students, in research, and in consultancy to governments, international agencies, industry and the media. The department was awarded ‘highly commended’ status during the NHS Quality Assurance Agency Major Review. King’s is at the top of the NHS Pan-London Quality and Regulation Unit’s contract performance league table for nutrition and dietetics programmes. The latest table, published in March 2015, shows King’s in first place with a performance rating of 98%.
We prepare students to work in the NHS and to advise consumer groups, the food industry and governmental agencies, or engage in research. Our approach is multidisciplinary, drawing upon expertise in biochemistry, food science, medicine, physiology, social and environmental sciences.
Both the BSc Nutrition and the MSc Nutrition programmes are accredited by the Association for Nutrition. Therefore, graduates are eligible to apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Accredited Nutritionists.The Department of Nutritional Sciences currently comprises 18 full-time academic staff with a wide range of research interests, supported by visiting lecturers, research workers, seven technical and secretarial staff, and approximately 160 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students.
Our research is supported by research councils, charities and governmental agencies such as the School Food Trust and the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The Department has an international reputation for its interdisciplinary research, undertaken in collaboration with other departments within the College and with King’s Partner NHS Foundation Trusts. There is a strong emphasis on ‘evidence-based practice’ and staff are actively engaged in relevant dietetics research.