Dietetic Students

Our current student membership year runs from 1 Nov 2016 - 31 October 2017 you can join or renew online today.

Are you a dietetic student studying an accredited Nutrition and Dietetics course in one of 14 universities in the UK? If so, then you can join over 1,000 other dietetic students in being a member of your professional body and trade union.  BDA student membership is also free of charge during your first year of study* and heavily discounted by 90% thereafter. 

Join us

Click to join simply and easily online. As a student, you are the future of the profession and by being a member of your professional body, you're showing future employers your dedication and enthusiasm to dietetics whilst ensuring you receive unrivalled support and resources throughout your studies and thereafter. 

Why BDA student membership is a 'must-have'?

  • It gives you a great introduction to the profession,
  • It enables you to network with your peers, experts and possibly even meet a future employer,
  • It gives you a greater understanding of the types of roles available upon graduating,
  • Great value for money! £100's worth of benefits either FREE or just £35 per year, 
  • Professional body membership is often a sought after requirement from future employees.
  • Don't just take our word for it... Find out what some of our student members think!

Join today


You can join us simply and easily online today! First year undergraduate and postgraduate students are FREE, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students pay just £36 per year. Student membership runs annually from 1st Nov - 31 Oct 

Click to join, renew or upgrade online

Membership packs

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All of our student members receive a membership pack with membership card, a benefit booklet giving a useful overview for how to start using and accessing a range of resources, a handy bookmark for when reading our Manual of Dietetic Practice and 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students also receive a useful branded item such as a BDA pencil, pen or postit pack.

Check out this short video clip showing the pack contents.

Student Benefits

student benefits image small 16We provide our students with a bespoke set of valuable student-specific benefits and services to support you throughout your studies and into the start of your new careers.

These include a free subscription to PEN (worth £350), online access to Dietetics Today, free legal advice, insurance to cover you on placements, access to Groups & Branches for events and networking, £30 off the Manual of Dietetic PracticeBDA rewards, student social networking and much more!

Testimonials - why students join us

StudentwordcloudFrom accessing our resources and services including our website, PEN, and the Journal to support your coursework and assignments, to learning and developing through BDA events and Branch activities, to taking advantage of student opportunities to volunteer. 

Hear from existing student members as to why they are a member of the BDA.



Are you keen to see where your career could take you when you qualify?

Why not check out our careers pages with useful career FAQ's, information about CPD and more. 

Get Involved!


There are a number of different opportunities for our student members to get involved and volunteer their time in a variety of roles at the BDA; from writing an article for the Dietetics Today student page, or for the student ezine, to joining one of our Committees as a student rep. 

However much or little time you have to get involved, it’s great for your CV, for networking and for meeting experts and peers in your future profession, check out how you can get involved.

Research projects


Calling all BDA student members - don't miss out on entering the BDA Research Symposium. The Symposium is the event to showcase dietetic research. Aimed at the developing researcher, there are opportunities for student dietitians who have recently completed their final year dissertation projects and newly qualified dietitians to present their student research projects alongside MRes and PhD projects.

Your Student Rep on BDA Council

John BuddingYour Student Representative on BDA Council for 2016/17 is John Budding who was voted in at the BDA AGM in June and attends strategic BDA Council meetings in order to represent the voice of all BDA student members.

John is keen to encourage students to get involved with the BDA, it's your professional body and it's also great for your CV!

Contact John at or Tweet him @BDAStudent.

Join the Conversation


Why not join the conversation with the BDA, fellow students and dietetic professionals on social media? 

Make sure you read our Social Media Guidance (BDA Members only) first to ensure you're up to date on do's and don'ts and then get involved!

About to Qualify?

dietitianmeetingAs you approach graduation and set to qualify as a Dietitian, don't forget to continue with your vital BDA membership as you embark on your new exciting career as a registered dietitian.  

Moving onto BDA Full Membership once you're qualified ensures you have all the necessary news, advice and resources you need at your fingertips. Find out more about the benefits of full membership and once you're ready to upgrade, simply login to your MY BDA profile, click renew, and upgrade to full membership online.

RD2b ezine

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Check out the RD2b student ezine, giving you a thorough update on all areas of your student membership.  

Keep an eye out for your edition of RD2B News every two months.

Access archived copies

*FREE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP relates to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate first year students only. 

Second, third and fourth year groups are provided with very heavily subsidised BDA membership (discounted by 90% at just £35 per year)