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 dietitians, this pathway has a specialist core dietetic practice: supported studies module, which provides you with support to investigate and design an evidence-based ‘service improvement’ within your own specialist field of practice. You’ll be primed to become an evidence-based practitioner, ready to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

Thumb brainz20

Enhance your career in the healthcare professions

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

Key features

  • 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 own learning journey – you’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the Dietetic Practice: Supported Study module.
  • Learn from experts in a setting where innovative thinking regards advanced professional development is put into practice.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take some of the modules by distance learning, while others are taught via short intensive study blocks to minimise time away from other commitments. 
  • Complete the programme in one year with the full-time study option or balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over a maximum of five years. 

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
  • Postgraduate certificate – to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. This must include the core module Applying Evidence to Practice (20 credits) and the pathway specific module Dietetic Practice: Supported Study (20 credits), with the remaining 20 credits coming from an optional module of your choice.

    Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. This will include the 60 credits achieved at postgraduate certificate level plus the core module Project Design for Research (20 credits) and two optional modules of your own choice (2 x 20 credits). 

    Master of science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. Following achievement of 120 credits at postgraduate diploma level, you will complete the Research Dissertation module (60 credits) to total 180 credits. 

    Note: Core module, ADV702 – Applying evidence to practice, can be taken as a taught module or via distance learning. Please visit the module webpage for further information.

    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
    ADV763 Facilitating Collaborative Patient Management and Flow
    ADV764 Leading Professionals; managing aspirations for self and others
    ADV765 The Ageing Person: Society, Body and Mind

    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 in Dietetics Pathway Specification 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 2:2 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 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.

AP(E)L

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

2017-18

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 admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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

Email: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

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 Services website.

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

What skills will I gain?

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

The MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics programme will enable you to:

  • Develop your theoretical knowledge and skills in dietetics.
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach to dietetics practice.
  • Base dietetics practice on the best available research evidence.
  • Develop lifelong learning skills.
  • Take leading roles in developing practice and education.
  • Conduct practice-based research.

What our graduates say

"I would recommend studying at Plymouth University to anyone as it exceeded all my expectations. The University prides itself on providing students with a supportive and first-class, professional learning environment. My MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to further my career as a qualified dietitian. During this intensive course, I received incredible support from my tutors who pushed me towards achieving my maximum potential."

Poly Raskopoulou, MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics graduate 2017



Meet the pathway lead

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 Postgraduate Lead for Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the British Dietetic Association and The Nutrition Society.

Find out more about Dr Anne Payne's teaching and research interests.

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


Automatic postgraduate bursaries for Plymouth University graduates

A ten per cent alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties if you are:

  • a graduate of Plymouth University
  • enrolled on a full-time or part-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available
  • self-funded
  • part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self-funded element of the tuition fee only.
Please note exceptions apply.
Find out more about the ten per cent discount for Plymouth University graduates

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.