Clinical dietetics for infants and children (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module explores the nutritional and dietetic interventions essential for normal growth and development in both chronic and acute paediatric illness. 

You will consider the nutritional management of conditions like epilepsy, neonatal surgery, burns and trauma and organ system diseases.

This module will give you the opportunity to understand, debate and critically evaluate the evidence base for the nutritional and dietetic involvement in the clinical management of complex disorders in childhood (such as epilepsy) and encourage you to evaluate the use of nutrition support in clinical situations (such as trauma or following neonatal surgery). 

It will also enable you to examine current clinical practices, their contribution to the multidisciplinary team and other strategies required to support patients and their families.  

This module can be taken as a standalone module or as a pathway-specific module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics and is accredited by the British Dietetics Association.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – Masters Degree


Online delivery

Course details

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • critically analyse the evidence base for the impact that nutrition and dietetic interventions can have on the outcomes of complex paediatric conditions to justify the application of nutritional and dietetic therapy to patient care
  • evaluate the effects that nutritional and dietetic interventions can have on growth, development and health outcomes in chronic paediatric diseases
  • justify the formulation of nutritional and dietetic advice in the context of lifestyle, culture and socioeconomic status of the child with chronic illness within their family
  • evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team and social support in the management of chronic clinical paediatric disorders and barriers to improvement in their effectiveness
  • develop capacity and capability to reduce harm and risk through care plans where complexity of case management is in itself a barrier to management.


The assessment for this module is a 4,000-word reflective essay.

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

4, 6, 19 and 20 October 2021 (online delivery).

28 and 29 June and 5 and 6 July 2022 (online delivery).

Module dates may be subject to change. 

The University is following government guidelines on COVID-19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to undertake this module must:

  • currently be working in the field of clinical nutrition and dietetics
  • be a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • have an in depth knowledge of nutrition and dietetics to honours degree level.

For further information regarding the entry requirements please contact the Professional Development Unit.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2021/22 academic year



Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

Find out more

For further information on how to apply for this module and to find out when booking opens, please contact Hayley Clarke, BDA Course Administrator:


Phone: 0121 200 8080

For any other queries please contact the Professional Development Unit:

Prospective student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586951

Current student enquiries:

Phone: +44 (0)1752 586958

Module lead

The University of Plymouth module lead is Jen Carroll.