School of Health Professions

MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics

Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). You’ll benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading clinical practitioners from across the UK and develop as an evidence-based practitioner with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership.

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

Key features

  • Fast-track your progression with the introduction of a one-year, full-time mode of study. You can choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years.
  • Benefit from teaching delivered at Plymouth University and leading children’s hospitals across the UK, including the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street Hospital London, Manchester Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow.
  • Have time to reflect with both core and pathway specific modules taught using blended learning techniques, combining short study blocks with distance learning technologies.
  • Get support from experienced and enthusiastic staff who encourage your personal development.
  • Take advantage of single, stand-alone modules that can be taken for Continuing Professional Development.
  • Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core modules. You’ll gain professional insights through our collaboration with the Business Faculty on both the core modules.
  • Become an evidence-based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with our core modules applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.
  • Tailor your learning to the workplace through module assignments.
  • Find out more details in our programme brochure.
As this programme is designed for qualified practitioners there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. Neither the programme nor any of its pathways lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from non-EU overseas students for this programme as it does not comply with the current Tier 4 visa requirements.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base to match pace with current developments. With our emphasis on self-directed learning, you’ll be expected to read around the subject and actively engage in face-to-face and online tasks. You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures followed by small group work, and tutorials to support your development. You will benefit from assessment by written coursework with no written exams. In some modules, where there are skills components, there may be a practical assessment. Our teaching is underpinned by current research, giving you the opportunity to work closely with experienced staff on your own research project. The quality of our programme is important to us, so we’ll encourage you to engage in feedback, staff-student liaison and to join in with the wider life of the school.  

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

    Optional modules
    • ADV720 Dietetic Management of Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMD)

      You will look at the biochemical, pathophysiological and genetic basis of IMD. You’ll critically appraise the complex dietary therapies needed to correct metabolic derangements to ensure long-term safety, optimal growth, neurodevelopment and psychosocial stability of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals approaching adulthood who are starting their own families.

    • ADV741 Nutrition and Dietetics in Infancy and Childhood

      This module promotes understanding of advice given to families, health professionals and policy groups on normal nutrition and feeding during infancy and childhood. It critiques evidence for health promotion strategies, initiated to enhance health outcomes and minimise disease risk.

    • ADV742 Nutrition and Dietetics in Common Paediatric Disorders

      This module will critically examine the aetiology, nutritional and dietetic management of paediatric diabetes, cystic fibrosis, faltering growth, cancer, allergy and gastrointestinal problems. It explores their impact on feeding problems and the complexity of managing paediatric disorders to ensure normal growth and development.

    • ADV743 Clinical Dietetics for Infants and Children

      This module explores the nutritional and dietetic interventions essential for normal growth and development in chronic and acute paediatric illness. Nutritional management of organ system diseases, epilepsy, neonatal surgery, burns and trauma will be considered. The use of all forms of nutrition support in disease management will be critically examined.

    • ADV744 Neonatal Nutrition

      This module explores the nutritional and dietetic management of preterm and sick term infants in the neonatal period and beyond in order to optimise growth and development and minimise post-natal growth restriction. It includes the management of complex neonatal nutritional problems such as necrotising enterocolitis and practical issues such as breastfeeding and human milk banking.

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 Paediatric Dietetics FT 4470

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 will normally have a relevant first class or 2:1 honours degree, or a European first cycle equivalent in dietetics. 
  • You should have experience of professional practice in paediatric dietetics.
  • Note that successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietician with the Health and Social Care Professions Council.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications from non-EU overseas students for this programme as it does not comply with the current Tier 4 visa requirements.

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 programme at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You will 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 has 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 dietician with the Health and Social Care Professions Council.

Fees, costs and funding


Home/EU (full time)  
Home/EU (part time)
£750 per 20 credits; £820 per 20 credits (specialist modules)

For further information on specialist modules ADV720, ADV741, ADV742, ADV743 and ADV744 please visit the 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

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 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.

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.

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Module choices within the School of Health Professions

Choose from a large range of optional modules and three different exit awards to suit your professional development needs.

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