Dietetic Students

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Are you a dietetic student studying an accredited Nutrition and Dietetics course in one of 15 universities in the UK? If so, then you can join over 1,000 dietetic students in being a member of your professional body and trade union. It's free of charge during your first year of study* and heavily discounted by 90% (just £37) thereafter. 

Join us

BDA Student Membership runs annually from 1 November - 31 October, and you can join or renew your membership simply and easily online. 

Why BDA student membership is a 'must-have'

  • It's a great intro to the profession, getting you ready to graduate
  • There's loads of networking opportunities to meet with peers and even a future employer,
  • You can get involved by volunteering and learning new skills - great for your cv!
  • It's excellent value for money! £100's worth of benefits either FREE or just £37 per year, 
  • Membership of your Professional Body is often a requirement from employers.
  • Don't just take our word for it.... Find out what some of our student members think

Join us today


Click to join, renew or upgrade online

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 £37 per year. Student membership runs annually from 1st Nov - 31 Oct.

Your membership 

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All student members receive a membership pack with card, a benefit booklet giving a handy overview for how to start using and accessing all of your useful resources, a 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 whats in the membership pack.

Testimonials - why students join us

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Students join us to access a huge set of resources and services (e.g. website, PEN, and the Journal) to learn and develop through BDA events and local branch activities, to take advantage of student opportunities to volunteer, and much more. 

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

Student Benefits

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We provide our students with a tailored set of benefits and services to support you throughout your studies and into the start of your new careers.

Top benefits include: a free subscription to PEN (worth £350 per year), online access to Dietetics Todayinsurance to cover you on placements, access to Groups & Branches for events and networking, £30 off the Manual of Dietetic Practice, money saving via BDA rewards, student volunteering opportunities, and much more!

Latest research with PEN

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Easily one of the top rated benefits for our student members, PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition) is your go-to online resource for when you're writing assignments or when you're meeting patients whilst on placement.

The PEN system condenses and summarises the entire nutrition and dietetic evidence-base on more than 190 nutrition and dietetic-related topics, then gives you practical guidance to help apply to dietetic practice!

The Journal 

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Keep yourself up to date with all the latest research across the dietetic profession, by accessing your free online editions of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.  

The easiest way to access current research is to download the JHND App and get direct access to what's new via your tablet or smart phone. 

Alternatively, access the Journal via your desktop.

Join the Conversation

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It's important the expert dietetic voice is heard across all social platforms, so why not join the conversation with the BDA, fellow students and dietetic professionals across our social media channels? 

As students, you're all active and savvy on the benefits of using socail media, so why not get involved by linking, following and sharing with us.

Your RD2b student ezine

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Keep in touch with your RD2b student ezine, which gives you an update on all areas of your student membership, the profession and opportunities to students.  

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

Access archived copies

Become a volunteer

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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.

Your Student Rep on BDA Council

Kostas - Student2Your Student Representative on BDA Council for 2018/19 is Kostas Eleftheriadis who was voted in at the BDA AGM in July and attends strategic BDA Council meetings in order to represent the voice of all BDA student members.

Kostas is keen to develop new online communities for students including a support network during placement. Find out more about Kostas and his plans for the coming 12 months in post, and get in touch:

Email him

Tweet him @BDAStudent.

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.

About to Qualify?

dietitianmeetingAs you approach graduation and set to qualify, don't forget to upgrade your vital BDA membership to become a Full Member as you embark on your new exciting career as a registered dietitian.  

This ensures you have all the necessary support, advice and resources you need right at your fingertips. Find out more about the benefits of full membership and once you've graduated and registered with the HCPC, simply login to your MY BDA profile, click renew, and upgrade to full membership online.

Your career


Are you keen to see where your career could take you when you qualify? And what opportunities and pathways are available to you?

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

Find your first dietetic job

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Search for your first dietetic job by visiting the only jobs site dedicated to the dietetic profession. 

Register with our dedicated site and receive tailored alerts on your selected job criteria such as specialist area, location and salary.

*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 £37 per year)

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