Frequently Asked Questions


Dietetics integrates the arts and science disciplines in the application of food and nutrition to health. Dietitians are consultants and practitioners who assess, maintain and improve the health status of individuals and the public they serve. They are responsible for the management of medical conditions and for the promotion of health.

As a key member of the multidisciplinary medical team, the Clinical Dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy and implement specific diet strategies for chronic medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Dietitians also act as a consultant to other medical professionals.
Degree courses are only tenable overseas from an accredited university by the Dietetics Association of the country. Depending on the country you obtain the degree leading the training as Dietitian, you may be required to take a registration examination and/or admissions interview.

To be a practising Dietitian, you must obtain one of the following:
1. Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics - 3-4 years
2. Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition -3 years + Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics
3. Bachelor's Degree in Science, majoring in Physiology and Biochemistry + Masters Degree in Dietetics - 2 years

In addition, at least 6 months of clinical internship must be completed
Singapore Institute of Technology is offering Bachelor of Science with Honours in Dietetics and Nutrition starting from 2019. This four-year 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. Please click here for further information.

Currently, all practising Dietitians have been trained in Singapore and overseas, mainly in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States and Malaysia. The training takes 3 to 5 years, including 6 to 12 months of clinical internship. Some local science graduates have obtained Masters' degree (2 years study) in Nutrition and Dietetics from Australian Universities. For more information, you may wish to refer to the websites of the various dietetics associations below.

1. Dietitians Australia
2. Dietitians of Canada
3. Dietitians New Zealand
4. British Dietetics Association
5. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (USA)
There are various full-time nutrition-related diplomas offered by various polytechnics in Singapore. Nutritionists are usually nutrition degree or above from the main stream. Thus to be a qualified Nutritionist recognised by SNDA, you will need to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course majoring in Nutrition subjects. Most of the above mentioned universities also offer such courses.
No. You may wish to contact relevant organisations/institutions/ government ministries that offer such scholarships during the annual exercise for scholarship applications.
1. You may wish to contact the dietetics department in hospitals, or Nutritionists or Dietitians in private practice directly to request for a speaker and information on the fees.

2. Please refer to our Accreditated Dietitians and Accreditated Nutritionists lists. You can also use our website's search function (top right hand corner) to search for a Dietitian or Nutritionist.
Our association does not offer direct consultation services. However if you would like to contact a specific Dietitian or Nutritionist, you may search for his/her contact details using the search function (top right hand corner).
At present, there are no statutory regulations governing the practice of nutrition and dietetics in Singapore. Nutritionists and Dietitians who are members of SNDA have to abide to our Constitution, which you may find here. Please note that SNDA has a Membership Subcommittee on the registration of professionals. Brief information about the Membership Subcommittee can be found here.
At present, no registration or licensure is needed for one to practice dietetics in Singapore. However, to work in a hospital or clinical institution, a Dietitian is required to show documentation of his/her qualification before employment.
Applicants are required to complete the online membership registration form and send it together with the supporting documents and registration fee to SNDA. Please refer to our Membership Sign Up page for more details.

SNDA Membership Subcommittee will review the qualifications of applicants before approving their membership applications. The approval process takes 3 months. Only upon notification of approval can they regard themselves as an SNDA member.
Dietitians can be employed in a wide variety of work areas including acute and community hospitals, community care settings, nutrition surveillance and research, education and training of facilitators, education institutions as lecturers, food service management and industry, private consultants and pharmaceuticals

Opportunities are available for pursuing post-graduate qualifications at Master or PhD levels upon accumulation of adequate clinical experience.

Career prospects are good in view of the increasing emphasis on the nutritional support and dietary care of patients, as well as on the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices among population.
As SNDA is an organisation managed by voluntary office bearers and main committee members, SNDA does not offer job placements and student projects. You may wish to contact the Heads of Nutrition and Dietetics Departments in hospitals, polyclinics and healthcare institutions to enquire about any job vacancies that they may have for clinical or community Dietitians.

Please contact us if you have any further enquiries.