Dietetic management of inherited metabolic disorders (IMD) (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enable you to explore the biochemical, pathophysiological and genetic bases of inherited metabolic disorders (IMD) and allow you to critically appraise the complex dietary therapies needed to correct metabolic derangements to ensure the long-term safety and optimal growth, amongst other things, of infants, children, adolescents and individuals approaching adulthood starting their own families.

You'll review and analyse the evidence base and develop application strategies for the safe and optimal dietary management of various disorders and gain the skills to evaluate strategies and rationale for emergency dietary treatments during metabolic decompensation. 

You will also examine the complex relationship and interaction between dietary management and drug treatment and their impact on biochemical and other outcome measures and have the chance to further investigate novel treatments and analyse your own contribution to the multidisciplinary team supporting patients, especially those with IMD who have begun to raise their own families.

This module can be taken as a standalone short course 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



Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to

  • critically analyse the genetic background, clinical presentation, pathophysiology and prognosis of IMDs that rely on dietary treatment to correct metabolic derangement.
  • evaluate and critique the evidence base for both new and conventional dietary, pharmaceutical and medical interventions and their impact on long-term outcome of children with IMD.
  • consider the impact (in the context of lifestyle, life skills, culture and socioeconomic status), problem solve and improve the quality of nutritional advice given for all age groups with IMD.
  • evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team, Department of Health (screening programmes), pharmaceutical and food industries in the management of IMD and identify key elements to improve their effectiveness.
  • develop capacity and capability to reduce harm and risk through application of care plans, especially where these transcend the normal hierarchy of paediatric and adult healthcare.


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

This module will be delivered in the next academic year and you will need to attend four taught days, delivered in one day sessions over a period of four consecutive days.


19, 20, 21, 22 October 2021. 

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 2018/19 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.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:

Phone: +44 1752 586958

Module lead

The University of Plymouth module lead is Anne Payne.