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Life & Health SciencesDietetics, Food & Nutrition

Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics

Course Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
2 years
Course Fee
To be confirmed

In association with the Ulster University, U.K., HKU SPACE offers the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Dietetics. The programme is offered on a part-time basis (except for the clinical placement) which falls in line with the school’s mission in delivering flexible programmes which meet the needs of potential students and the community.

Holders of the MSc in Dietetics fulfill the criteria for employment as dietitians by the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), UK.
Reference no. of exempted courses under NLHPE: 450321


The PgD in Dietetics programme aims to fulfill both the academic and professional requirements laid down by the Academic Committees of HKU SPACE and the Ulster University, UK.  Graduates of the PgD in Dietetics programme are eligible to apply to be Registered Dietitians with  the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC, U.K.). The qualification will provide them with the knowledge to practice dietetics with individuals and groups in the hospital and the community setting.

This programme is designed to provide academically challenging postgraduate education for graduates who wish to pursue a career in human nutrition and dietetics. The programme will provide students with the opportunity to extend their knowledge and critical skills in human nutrition and to apply such methods and techniques in solving nutritional problems.


Students who wish to attain the PgD in Dietetics award must successfully complete the PgD Human Nutrition and the clinical placement.
Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition
Selection will be based on academic excellence and an interview. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course.
All students will initially enroll in the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and will undertake 7 taught modules.
The seven taught modules are:
1. Biochemical and Molecular Approaches to Nutrition
2. Applied Nutrition
3. Nutrition Assessment, Recommendations and Requirements
4. Public Health and Nutrition Behaviour
5. Biostatistics and Research Methods
6. Diet and Disease
7. Nutritional Controversies
The above modules are undertaken over two semesters in Teaching Block I (please refer to Progression Path).
Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics
On successful completion of the PgD Human Nutrition, candidates may be considered for transfer to the PgD Dietetics providing they have demonstrated good academic performance in the PgD Human Nutrition. Candidates must have no police record; be in good health as evidenced by a satisfactory complete medical report, possess excellent communication skills and demonstrate a commitment to the dietetics profession. Ability to speak and read Chinese is essential to ensure that students are able to communicate and learn effectively. In each case the candidate shall satisfy the Admissions Committee that he/she is unlikely to be handicapped in his/her studies by language.
Prospective candidates will be called for interview by the Board of Admission who will assess the candidate's suitability before offering him/her a place in the course.
The PgD in Dietetics course consists of a Dietetic Professional Practice module and a full time 28-week clinical placement in hospitals. Students graduate with a PgD in Dietetics after successfully completing the clinical placement and final dietetics examinations (2 papers).
  • PgD in Human Nutrition which extends over 1 year (part-time) plus Dietetic Professional Practice Module (2 months) plus 28 weeks of clinical placement (full-time)
    Days/Time: 2 weekday evening lectures 7:00-10:00 pm; 1 Saturday afternoon lecture: 2:30-5:30 pm; plus 28 weeks of clinical placement (full-time)
Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

Applicants must: 
1. (i) hold a degree with at least 2ii Honours standard in food and nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, human biology or other relevant scientific discipline or equivalent. OR
   (ii) demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior learning.
2. provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:
   (i)   HKDSE English Language 3 or above OR
   (ii)  HKALE Grade D or above  OR
   (iii) HKCEE English Language (Syllabus B) C or above  OR
   (iv) an IELTS overall band of 6 with 5.5 or above in reading, writing, listening, and speaking or equivalent.
Application Fee


Course Fee
  • To be confirmed
Enrolment Method
Interested candidates should apply by returning the special application form, together with relevant supporting documents, copy of Hong Kong Identity Card and an application fee of HK$300 cheque made payable to "HKU SPACE" (non-refundable) to either:
By post: Attn to Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, 13/F., Fortress Tower, 250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
In person: any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Counters (Attn: Dietetics, Food and Nutrition).
Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE MasterCard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or MasterCard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please aubmit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.