School of Health Professions

MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics

Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dieticians, this pathway has a specialist core module in nutritional support in illness-related malnutrition, which focuses on current evidence and rationale for oral, enteral and parenteral intervention in a range of clinical conditions. You’ll be primed to become an evidence-based practitioner, ready to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • Choose this dietetics pathway* and study at least one pathway specific module related to the title of the award, and four core modules (applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, research dissertation) shared with the generic MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme.

  • Be trained to become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules.

  • Shape your learning journey – you’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the supported independent study module.

  • Benefit from our collaboration with the Faculty of Business in providing both core and optional modules.

  • Complete the programme in a year, with the introduction of a one year full-time study option.

  • Alternatively, balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over two years and up to a maximum of five years.

  • Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take much of the programme by distance learning. Modules taught face-to-face are delivered in short, intensive blocks in Plymouth to enable you to complete them with minimum travel and time away from your other commitments. 

  • Benefit from learning within supportive multi-professional and inter-agency environments. Our programme is delivered by experts in a setting where innovative thinking regarding advanced professional development is put into practice. 

Find out more details in our programme brochure.

*This programme is designed for qualified practitioners and there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. This programme or any of its pathways do not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Pathways in this programme will include the following shared modules: applying evidence to practice, developing self and others, project design for research, and the research dissertation. The pathways will all have at least one pathway specific module and two programme optional modules. To gain a postgraduate certificate, you’ll need to earn 60 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: applying evidence to practice, a pathway specific module or a programme option module if no specific pathway is being pursued, and a programme option module. To gain a postgraduate diploma, you’ll need to earn 120 credits. You’ll study three modules worth 20 credits each: project design for research, developing self and others, and a pathway specific module or programme option. To be awarded the full masters degree, you’ll need to earn a total of 180 credits. You’ll study the same core modules as the postgraduate diploma, with the extra 60 credits coming from your research dissertation.

    For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information.

    Examples of the optional modules available
    ADV735 - Advancing the Management of Long Term Conditions
    ADV758 - Supporting the Needs of the Frail Older Person
    ADV759 - International Perspectives and Practice requirements for Health and Social Care Practitioners
    ADV760 - Participation for Children and Young People

    Core modules
    • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice

      Focusing on the application of evidence based practice (EBP) to professional practice; you’ll learn how to use research to guide best practice. You will also identify a question relevant to your area of practice, review and critique the literature in this area, and plan and evaluate any necessary change to professional practice.

    • ADV715 Project Design for Research

      You’ll explore methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project and by the end of the module you’ll formulate a research proposal. You’ll learn how to define and refine a research question, select and appraise methodology, address ethical considerations, and select and appraise data collection and analysis techniques.

    • ADV716 Research Dissertation

      You’ll complete your dissertation as part of your Advanced Professional Practice Masters programme under supervision from the module team and a named dissertation supervisor.

    • ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study

      This module is specifically designed to enable students to develop their own professional practice by undertaking and reflecting on learning and experience gained through a period of supported independent study related to agreed learning objectives.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Advanced Professional Practice Dietetics FT 4472

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You’ll normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above or European first cycle equivalent) in Dietetics. If you are a non UK-based candidate you must be recognised as a dietitian within your own country.

You may be a health or social care professional with a first degree or have related academic degrees. If you do not have a degree but have appropriate experience related to the programme or to any of the chosen pathways you may be eligible to apply.

You must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS requirement is 6.5 average with a minimum of 5.5 in each category. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

You’ll be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You’ll normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.


Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module is the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Social Care Professions Council. 

Fees, costs and funding


Home/EU (full time) International (full time)
£6,750* £13,250
Home/EU (part time) International (part time)
£750 per 20 credits N/A

*This fee is based on undertaking 180 credits at £750 per 20 credits. Please note that some of the optional modules for this programme are specialist modules and therefore may have different fees . Module fees can be found on the individual module webpages.

Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Information about loans and funding for postgraduate study.

Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, parking charges if you are studying at PAHC, and requirement for an initial outlay for travel and accommodation in respect of practice placement. If you have any questions regarding these costs please contact

How to apply

When to apply

Applications for this programme can usually be made throughout the year. Please check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Apply for this programme

Applications should be made by using the relevant PDF or Word application form.

Postgraduate application form DOC – A ten page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A ten page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to the University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application form for international students

Printed application forms are also available and can be obtained from the Professional Development Unit. Please send your completed application form to the address or email listed below:

Professional Development Unit
4th floor, Rolle Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA


Tel: +44 1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case if you are an overseas student may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist website.

Support is also available if you an overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways

Both the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing and Midwifery offer the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme; together we offer a wide range of specialist and generic pathways to meet the educational needs of all health and social care professionals.

Discover more about the pathways we offer

What skills will I gain?

Our contemporary and flexible teaching approach ensures you’ll leave with the advanced skills and knowledge to make a real and profound impact on patient care.

Discover more about the skills you’ll develop

MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information for the School of Health Professions

There are a number of core and optional modules associated with the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme pathways in the School of Health Professions, as well as three different exit awards.

Find out more about the modules

English Language Centre

We offer a range of courses to help you develop your academic English language skills.

These include pre-sessional academic English courses for undergraduates, taught postgraduates and research students along with insessional language classes, tutorials and activities to support students who have English as a second language.

Find out how we can help you reach your potential.

Teaching and learning

The programme is designed to fit around your busy life as a postgraduate student, and enhance the learning process by giving you time for reflection between study blocks.

You’ll develop skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as increasing your knowledge base.

Discover more about teaching and learning

Meet the Programme Leader

Dr Anne Payne's teaching interests include clinical dietetics, nutrition in neurological conditions, nutrition in childhood, evidence-based practice and nutritional research methodology.

Anne is the Professional Lead in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the British Dietetic Association and The Nutrition Society.


Our programme will enhance your career prospects and train you to become a well-informed, evidence-based practitioner. You’ll be aware of the bigger picture, able to challenge the status quo and lead developments in your setting or beyond.

MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics will prepare you to succeed in advanced practitioner roles, teaching and management.

Find out more about your possible future career prospects