London Metropolitan University

Course Introduction

**Why study this course?**

The Dietetics and Nutrition MSc is an intensive course suitable for graduates with a scientific background wishing to pursue a career as a dietitian.

**More about this course**

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

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.

London Metropolitan University has state'of'the'art facilities including a simulated ward and outpatients department to help you develop your skills in clinical practice. Some specialist aspects of the course are delivered by guest lecturers who are experts within the field of health and nutrition and dietetics.

Through successful completion of the course, which includes three compulsory practice placements, you’ll 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 and practitioner in all fields of dietetic practice.

Please note: You must complete the non'credit bearing placement modules to obtain the professionally accredited title award, Dietetics and Nutrition MSc. If you don't successfully complete these placement modules, you will be awarded the title, Food and Health Studies MSc.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • You will be required to have a minimum of an upper-second class (2:1) honours degree in life science subjects. A level Chemistry and Biology both at grade C. English and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent). Applicants are expected to have significant nutrition-related work experience (paid or voluntary) within a health or social care setting. An enhanced DBS check for the adults' and children's' workforce. Clearance for non-exposure prone procedures (EPP) by an approved occupational health service. Applicants will be required to pass an interview and demonstrate the values that promote
  • compassion, dignity and respect. Attendance at a dietetics career event. Suitable science degrees include: biomedical science, human nutrition, nutritional science, biochemistry, physiology, human biology and pharmacology. A substantive component of biochemistry and human physiology is required in these degrees, including: cell biology concerning cell structure and intracellular activities, concepts of cell theory, an understanding of the fundamentals of biological chemistry required for the study of biosciences at a higher level, key biochemical molecules and their role in cellular activities, physiological processes concentrating on the organ and systems level. Successful applicants should have studied nutrition science at Level 5 in their degree to a minimum of 15 credits. Applicants should understand the principles of nutritional science including macro and micro nutrients and their role in the diet, the nutritional composition of foods, the links between diet and disease. Prospective applicants who have not studied nutrition science at degree level are advised to take an additional 15 credits at Level 5 in nutrition to meet this requirement. The University also offers an online course on the Fundamentals of Human Nutrition. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS at level 7.0, with no individual component of less than 6.5. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.