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.

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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. 
  • The full-time route is suitable for international students, who will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.

Find out more details in our programme brochure.

Find out more about our dedicated Dietetics and Health Research Group.     

*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.

Please note that when you enrol on this programme, you always enrol to study the master degree but we offer three exit awards: PgCert, PgDip and MSc.

Course details
  • Programme overview

  • Postgraduate Certificate

    To achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to obtain 60 credits. This must include the core modules with one optional module of your choice.

    Core modules

    ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice 20 Credits

    ADV749 Dietetic Practice (pathway specific) 20 Credits

    Optional modules

    Optional module* 20 Credits

    We have a wide range of optional modules available at Masters level. In particular, you may wish to consider undertaking ADV774 Contemporary Leadership; or HNUT703 Applied Sports Nutrition, HNUT705 Public Health Nutrition, or MCR706 Systematic Review; or AADV735 Advancing the Management of Longterm Conditions. Contact Programme Lead Jen Carroll to discuss your options.


    Postgraduate Diploma

    To achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will have first completed the PgCert and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 120 credits in total). This must include the core module and two optional modules of your choice.

    Core module

    ADV715 Project Design for Research 20 Credits

    Optional modules

    Optional modules can be two 20 credit modules or one 40 credit - 40 Credits

    Optional modules can be chosen from the Masters level modules A-Z list. Please contact the Professional Development Unit Admissions Team to discuss your options.


    MSc

    Award master of science 

    To achieve a full master degree, you will have first completed the PgDip and need to obtain an additional 60 credits (to give 180 credits in total). This must include the core module.

    Core module

    ADV716 Research Dissertation 60 Credits

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. 

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

New Student 2021  2022
Home £9,100 tbc
International £15,200 tbc
Part time (Home)  £1,000 per 20 credit module tbc

Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances. For more information about fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.

Additional costs
Please be aware that there may be additional costs to undertaking your studies relating to printing of course materials, 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.

International
If you are studying on a programme where placements are integral to your study there are costs associated with travel and accommodation. Please speak with the programme admissions tutor to find out more.

In order to cater for the needs of the NHS workforce, this full-time programme is also available as a part-time programme, which is flexible in nature and allows up to five years for students to complete the full MSc. For this reason, students on the programme are unable to claim support via the Student Loans Company Postgraduate Loan. The SLC stipulates that only full-time programmes without a part time equivalent can be funded. If you think that you will have trouble funding your place on the programme, we would recommend a discussion with your employer to see whether any financial support can be granted.

How to apply

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

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

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

What happens after I apply?

After your application is received by the PDU Admissions team, it will be processed and sent to the Programme Lead for a decision to be made on your suitability to study. You may be asked to provide additional information or to take part in an interview (for overseas students this may be by telephone or video conference). Once this decision has been made, you will be sent an email either confirming your place on the programme, or rejecting your application and giving the reasons for this decision (you may request further feedback in order to improve your chances of selection at a later date).

Please note that you will be enrolled on the full MSc programme. You may choose to exit with the qualification of PgCert upon completion of an appropriate 60 credits, or a PgDip upon completion of an appropriate 120 credits. More information is contained within the programme specification.

For applicants with disabilities

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

**Please note that the PG Dip Surgical Care Practitioner programmes are not recruiting for a year 1 start in September 2021** 

Applying for this programme

Please visit our PDU admissions homepage for full details on the application process and to download the relevant forms.

Please return your completed forms to:

Email: pduadmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

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

Tel: +44 (0)1752 586951

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

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

Alumnus loyalty reward for postgraduate study

Automatically awarded – no need to apply

The University applies a discretionary alumnus reward where alumni meet certain criteria on particular postgraduate taught courses.

  • A 20% discount on home tuition fees (10% for MSc Advanced Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology, MSc/PgDip Psychology and MSc Occupational Therapy).
  • Or a £2,000 discount on international tuition fees.

If you have previously studied at the University of Plymouth or at one of our partner colleges, you may be entitled to our Alumnus discount to help towards the tuition fees of your Postgraduate Taught course. For further details, programme exclusions and contact information, please see our alumnus discount policy.

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.