Programme Overview

Qualification
BSc (Hons)
Provider
Singapore Institute of Technology
Duration
4 years
Total credits
240
Application period
10 January to 19 March 2022
Next intake
Campus location
SIT@Dover

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition is a four-year direct honours programme that aims to address the growing demand for dietetics manpower in hospitals and Intermediate and Long-Term Care settings in Singapore.

As the first dietetics degree programme to be offered by an autonomous university in Singapore, this programme aims to provide students with evidence-based theoretical knowledge, research skills, and practical experience across all domains of dietetic practice (individual clinical case management, community and public health nutrition, and food service management). The programme has been designed to meet the academic requirements and clinical competencies for entry-level professional dietitians based on international educational standards for professional dietetic practice. The curriculum has been developed in close consultation with chief dietitians from the major healthcare clusters in Singapore in order to provide students with up-to-date and relevant knowledge, as well as specialised skills in all domains of dietetic practice.

Dietitians provide nutrition-focused interventions and preventive services in clinical and community settings by applying scientific knowledge of food and human nutrition to maintain and promote the health of individuals and groups, and to manage various medical conditions. Dietitians also lead research in disease prevention and health promotion strategies to reduce mortality rates whilst improving the overall quality of life.

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science with Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition degree programme is designed to produce theoretically-grounded, research-driven and clinically competent graduates to practice autonomously in all domains of dietetics, in line with the international educational standards for professional dietetic practice. The curriculum is comparable to established overseas degree programmes in dietetics, but unique with regard to longer clinical practice education as well as customised to the Asian dietary context.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can be employed as dietitians in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practices, polyclinics, community hospitals, intermediate and long-term care organisations including nursing homes and rehabilitation centres.

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Clinical Practice Education

All Dietetics and Nutrition students need to undergo around 1200 hours of clinical practice education (CPE) across various clinical settings. Such clinical placements prepare students for the real-world clinical practice. Therefore, students get to apply theoretical and clinical knowledge and build up their confidence in clinical skills. Students need to pass all clinical placements to graduate from the programme.

Career Options

Graduates can be employed as dietitians in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Public and Private Hospitals
  • Community Hospitals 
  • Intermediate and Long-Term Care Organisations including Nursing Homes and Rehabilitation Centres
  • Private Practice
  • Polyclinics

Programme Structure (AY2022/23)*

Module Title Credits
Biochemistry 6
Anatomy and Physiology 1 6
Health Systems - Singapore’s Perspectives 6
Psychological and Sociological Perspectives for Health Sciences 6
Human Nutrition 6
Individual and Environmental Influences on Eating Behaviours 6
Anatomy and Physiology 2 6
Food Science 6
Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan 6
Nutritional Assessment 12
Nutrition, Health and Disease 12
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 6
Food Systems and Food Service Management 12
Health Psychology 6
Health Research Methods 6
Food Service Management 6
Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 12
Community and Public Health Nutrition 12
Honours Thesis Proposal 2
Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 12
Communication Skills and Nutritional Counselling in Different Populations 12
Professionalism, Ethics and the Law 6
Community and Public Health Nutrition 6
Global Health 3
Dietetics Leadership and Management 6
Clinical Placement 1 6
Clinical Placement 2 12
Honours Thesis 16

Students are required to choose 1 out of 6 elective modules.

Module Title Credits
Patient and Client Education 6
Leading and Managing in Health Professions 6
Engineering and Technology for Healthcare solutions 6
Multidimensional Nature of Pain 6
Exercise and Sports Nutrition 6
Palliative and End-of-Life Care 6
Module Title Credits
Digital Competency Essentials 2
Critical Thinking and Communicating 4
Introduction to Design Innovation 2
Interdisciplinary Design Innovation 4
Social Innovation Project 3

* The programme structure is subject to change without prior notice. SIT regularly reviews its curriculum to ensure that it remains industry-relevant and prepares our students for the evolving needs of industry.

Eligibility and Exemption

SIT selects candidates for this programme using an aptitude-based approach that considers passion and suitability for the profession, academic achievement and co-curricular involvement. Short-listed candidates will be invited for Multiple Mini Interviews, consisting of different stations which assess different important attributes such as communication skills.

Listed below are the relevant admission criteria:
 

    Obtained a good pass in H2 Chemistry and one of the following H2 subjects: Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and also offered General Paper or Knowledge & Inquiry in the same sitting while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    • Completed a relevant full-time local Polytechnic diploma. For the detailed list, please refer to Relevant List of Diplomas.
    • Module exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Diplomas that are not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants will be assessed for admissions based on a holistic approach if they meet the following criteria:
    1. Obtained a Science-related full-time local Polytechnic diploma and/or
    2. Has acquired relevant full-time work experience of 1-2 years.
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    Obtained a good pass in HL Chemistry and one of the following: Biology, Physics or Mathematics; while satisfying Mother Tongue requirements.

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    NUS High School Diploma Prerequisites
    Obtained a good pass in Chemistry and one of the following subjects: Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

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    Mandatory English Requirement
    Applicants to the Allied Health Programmes are required to fulfil ONE of the following English requirements by application closing:

    Qualification

    English Subject

    Minimum Grade Required

    GCE O Level English as First Language C5
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS - Academic Module) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0 for all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
    TOEFL TOEFL At least 250 marks for computer-based test or 600 marks for paper-based test or 100 marks for internet-based test
    OET OET Grade B and above
    Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) English Modules C+
    GCE A Level General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry D
    International Baccalaureate (IB) SL ‘English A: Language & Literature’ OR
    SL ‘Literature & Performance’
    4
    NUS High School Diploma EL4101 or higher (EL5101, 6103) modules C+

    The Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) mandates the minimum English language proficiency (ELP) requirements for the Allied Health programmes to enable our graduates to practise in the respective Allied Health professions.

    Applicants who hold a first degree from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America will be deemed to have fulfilled the stipulated English Language requirement for the programme.

    Please refer to the Mandatory Medical Clearance for additional requirements.

    Fees and Finances

      Subsidised fees per credit
      $155.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $37,200.00 for SG Citizens / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $295.00
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $70,800.00 for Permanent Resident / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      Subsidised fees per credit
      $401.25
      Total credit
      240
      Tuition fees: $96,300.00 for International Student / $146,504.00 Non-subsidised fees.
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      • Tuition fees shown are the total cost for completion of studies, based on the minimum credits required to graduate.
      • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents fees are exclusive of GST and subsidised by the Ministry of Education.
      • International Students and Non-Subsidised fees are inclusive of 7% GST.

      Industry Advisory Committee

      The members of the Industry Advisory Committee for this programme are:

      Chairman
      Ms Susan Niam
      Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Dr Effie Chew
      Senior Consultant, Division of Neurology, National University Health System
      Member
      Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh
      Director, Sector Manpower - Strategy & Leadership, National Council of Social Service
      Member
      Ms Paulin Koh
      Chief Nursing Officer, Office of the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health
      Member
      Ms Melissa Chua
      Head & Senior Principal Speech Therapist, Sengkang General Hospital
      Member
      Mr Michael Ong
      Group Director, Allied Health, National University Health System
      Member
      Ms Frances Hew Wee Kee
      Deputy Director, Head, Clinical Support
      Member
      Dr Lim Yen Peng
      Head and Senior Principal Dietitian, Nutrition and Dietetics Department Tan Tock Seng Hospital
      Member
      Assoc Prof Yong Keng Kwang
      Group Chief Nurse, National Healthcare Group
      Member
      Assoc Prof Lita Chew Sui Tjien
      Group Director, Group Allied Health, SingHealth
      Member
      Assoc Prof Ng Yee Sien
      Senior Consultant, SingHealth
      Member
      Mr Eric Ho Chun Keong
      Director (Acting), Allied Health. Deputy Director, Regional Health Office, Woodlands Health
      Member
      Ms Jessica Hooi
      Vice Principal, St. Andrew’s Autism School
      Member
      Mr Abhimanyau Pal
      Chief Executive Officer, SPD
      Ex-Officio
      Assoc Prof Tan Bhing Leet
      Director of Programmes, Health and Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology