Nutrition and dietetics in infancy and childhood (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enable you to further understand the advice given to families, healthcare professionals and policy groups regarding normal infant, child and adolescent nutrition and feeding. 

You will critically examine the evidence base for health promotion strategies in feeding throughout childhood and have the opportunity to debate and evaluate the evidence base for current nutritional strategies for the feeding of infants, children and adolescents.

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


Online delivery – taught over four consecutive days

Course details

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

  • critically explore and debate the evidence base underpinning nutritional requirements and feeding recommendations for infants, children and adolescents by undertaking analysis of complete, incomplete and contradictory areas of knowledge, in the context of diminishing risk
  • critically explore and apply the influence of lifestyle, culture and socioeconomic status on feeding and management of childhood feeding practices, including in- depth discussion around alternative approaches
  • reflect on and evaluate own working practices and the role of the multidisciplinary team and social support in the management of nutrition related to normal growth and its variations
  • understand and evaluate the effectiveness of behaviour change and communication strategies to effect change in feeding practice and policies
  • critically analyse and synthesise the political and ethical agenda surrounding childhood nutrition issues.


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 require you to attend four taught days online, delivered in one-day sessions over a period of four consecutive days.

Online delivery

8, 9, 15 and 16 February 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.