MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics – careers

Enhance your career prospects by becoming a well-informed, evidence-based practitioner aware of the bigger picture and able to challenge the status quo and lead developments in your own setting and beyond. This programme prepares you for advanced practitioner roles, teaching and management. A survey of our graduates revealed that their practice was enhanced by increased confidence, the ability to articulate a coherent argument and being better able to fulfil clients’ needs by being guided by research evidence. 

As an Advanced Paediatric Dietetic Practitioner you can choose to work in private practice, the commercial sector or for the NHS. You’ll be able to apply for Band 7 and Band 8 roles, working autonomously as an advanced practitioner in a community setting or in acute hospital care. You’ll be competent in complex decision making and contribute to service development through innovation, leadership and research. Your health promotion skills and understanding of the role of diet and nutrition in shaping the health of children will be enhanced.

As an advanced practitioner, you’ll work as a specialist caring for children presenting with a range of conditions including urgent and acute episodes, and long-term chronic conditions. Your work will involve both individualised care and care co-ordination in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Your work may also contribute to keeping children out of hospital or referring on to other health professionals as appropriate.

Your advanced skills in professional practice will give you the ability and confidence to move your career pathway to a new level.

Careers services

As you are likely to be in on-going employment in health, social care or business settings you will have access to careers support and guidance through your individual employers, NHS career websites or Royal Colleges. However, as a student with the University you will also have access to the additional facilities and resources offered by the Plymouth University Employability Service, including:

  • careers information
  • advice and guidance, which is impartial ad confidential
  • help with applying for jobs, including application and interview preparation
  • job vacancies
  • psychometric testing.

Further study and research

If you enjoy researching and writing your project dissertation you may want to take your studies further and consider a career in research. You can consult the Doctoral College regarding MPhil or PhD studies, or discuss your plans with your Pathway Lead or the Programme Manager, or an academic in your field of study.