School of Health Professions

MDiet (Hons) Dietetics

Stand out from the crowd with an integrated masters in dietetics. Starting in September 2022 our full-time, four-year programme offers a challenging and rewarding study experience that will develop your practice, leadership, management and research skills to promote progression in your dietetic career. This programme is committed to inter-professional collaboration in both education and practice and allows you to start your career with enhanced clinical reasoning and critical thinking skills.

This course is due to commence in September 2022 and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Key features

  • Four year integrated masters programme.
  • The programme is delivered by a team of well published, internationally recognised, research active academics who are developing the future dietetic profession.
  • Experience practice placements in each of the first three years, gaining experience in a range of different clinical and community settings, including unique specialist placements in paediatrics and mental health.
  • Develop coaching and mentoring skills by supporting the delivery of our in-house nutrition clinic in your final year.
  • Develop leadership roles for sustainability and explore an emerging range of professional opportunities for dietitians beyond our traditional role, including freelance and private practice, the world of media and social enterprise.
  • Experience inter-professional learning throughout the programme.
  • Opportunities to select modules, which align to your career aspirations.

Please note: In order to successfully complete your course and be eligible to apply for a professional registration you must pass all practice based placement competencies along with your theoretical study. This is a requirement of the HCPC. You will only be able to take personal holidays during the specified leave periods for your course. This includes induction week where it is vital you attend all sessions.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • You will study psychosocial aspects of patient care, biochemistry, physiology, food science, and human nutrition to underpin modules in dietetics and applied nutrition in subsequent years. Sharing teaching with other health professions during part of the year helps you to understand the need for multi-professional working. You will learn how to critically appraise evidence and be introduced to the importance of public health nutrition. You will spend two weeks in your first supervised placement.

    • DIET409 Human Nutrition, Food Studies and the Lifecycle
    • DIET410 Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Centred Care
    • DIET407 Nutritional Biochemistry
    • DIET408 Physiology and Genetics
    • DIET405 Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health Nutrition
    • DIET411 Placement A
    • SOHP401 Preparation for Practice

    Core modules

    • Dietetics in Practice 2 (DIET607)

      The module will require students to put into practice the theory studied in Dietetics 2. The major emphasis is on communication and educational skills; presentation and evaluation of different techniques used by dietitians for individuals and groups.

    • Placement C (DIET608)

      This 12 week placement builds on the practical skills and knowledge acquired in placement B with an increasing focus on clients with complex needs. Students become competent in translating theory into practice and in demonstrating the range of skills needed to work as a newly qualified dietitian.

    • Contemporary and Emerging Issues in Clinical Nutrition (DIET610)

      A range of contemporary and emerging biomedical research themes have direct application to and implications for dietetic practice. This module will explore a selection of pertinent themes within the context of clinical nutrition with direct application to dietetic practice.

    • Leadership Roles for Sustainability (DIET611)

      This module provides an understanding of sustainability leadership roles for Allied Health Professionals relevant to supporting their skills development for a changing healthcare future. Students will learn how to design, evaluate and communicate the impact of a more sustainable area of practice. They will use sustainability leadership techniques and appraise how these will impact more effective sustainable management of practice in both the public and private sector. There will be a focus on the use of quality improvement frameworks and effective use of digital marketing to promote best practice.

    • Project Design for Research (SOHP604)

      Students will explore methodology and methods relevant to the development of a research project and by the end of the module will formulate a research proposal. The module will explore defining and refining a research question, selecting and appraising methodology, ethical considerations, selecting and appraising data collection and analysis techniques.  

  • Year 2

  • You will work on an integrated and innovative series of problem-based learning exercises to extend the depth and breadth of your knowledge in nutrition, dietetics and clinical sciences. An understanding of immunology and pharmacology will be developed. You will undertake 12 weeks of supervised clinical practice to enable you to develop the confidence and personal skills required to work as a dietitian. We will introduce you to the concepts of professional studies, providing learning opportunities for problem solving with other healthcare professionals.

    • DIET501 Pathophysiology
    • DIET507 Dietetics 1 (CBL)
    • DIET511 Dietetics in Practice 1
    • DIET508 Metabolism and Pharmacology
    • DIET509 Metabolism and Immunology
    • DIET510 Placement B

    Core modules

    • Developing AHP Leaders through Coaching and Mentoring (DIET701)

      This module focuses on the concepts and practice of mentoring and coaching as a key skill for healthcare professionals, and allows students to practice skills and develop their abilities in this area whilst supervising undergraduate dietetic students. The models and methods of mentoring and coaching will be explored, and students will develop their own style through reflection and feedback.

    • Research Dissertation (SOHP703)

      Over the course of this module students will complete their dissertation as part of their Masters programme under supervision from the module team and a named dissertation supervisor.

  • Year 3

  • You will develop skills to work with more complex patients and study emerging issues in clinical nutrition. An understanding of the principles of sustainable leadership, digital marketing and effective management skills will be embedded. You will work on an in-depth research project design in an area of personal interest related to dietetics or nutrition. Your final clinical placement will have a strong patient focus, emphasis being on professional mastery and fitness for practice required for employment and registration as a dietitian with the HCPC.

    • DIET606 Dietetics 2 (CBL)
    • DIET607 Dietetics in Practice 2
    • SOHP606 Leaderhip Roles for Sustainability
    • DIET608 Placement C
    • SOHP604 Project design for research
    • DIET610 Contemporary and emerging issues in Clinical Nutrition

  • Final year

  • In your final year you will focus on leadership and mentorship skills exploring innovations in healthcare so preparing you to be leaders of the future. You will undertake an individual supervised research project in an area of your choice. You will focus on the complexities and consequences of malnutrition in a range of clinical settings and have the opportunity to study either the management of long term conditions or applied sports nutrition.

    • DIET701 Developing AHP Leaders through coaching and mentoring
    • SOHP703 Dissertation
    • ADV775 Malnutrition and Nutritional Support
    • ADV770 Innovations in an ever changing market place
    • ADV735 Advancing the management of long term conditions
    OR
    • HNUT703 Applied Sports Nutrition

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

128

UCAS tariff

128

GCSEs

All applicants must have at least 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4 or above and must include English, maths and a science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Please note the institution may consider equivalent numeracy and literacy qualifications

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

A Level

128 (ABB) from three A levels which must include Biology plus a second science, preferably Chemistry but will accept  Maths /Physics /Psychology /Sociology/ Geography/Geology/Environmental science. Excludes general studies.

Extended project will be counted if nutrition-related subject (this will be considered at confirmation).

IB

32 points overall to include Higher Level 5 in Biology and Higher Level 5 in second Science, preferably Chemistry (will consider Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology, Environmental science). If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 7.0 overall (6.5 min in each element).

IELTS: 7.0 Overall with 6.5 in all elements

Pre-sessional will be available for applicants with a 6.5 overall and 6.5 in all elements, refer to International Admissions Team.

Access

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Science with 60 credits overall (D: 33 credits M: 12 credits). Pass with 45 credits at level 3, 33 at distinction to include 15 credits in Biology and 15 credits in 2nd Science (Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology or Environmental science). A further 12 credits at L3 must be at Merit level. Will need GCSE English and Maths at grade C/4.

BTEC

BTEC National Diploma DDM - Science related. Must contain Biology and 2nd Science, preferably Chemistry modules, but will consider Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, Geology and Environmental science. An A level alongside is preferable.

BTEC National Diploma modules

If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules including their credit rating within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on +44 1752 585858 or email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Direct entry to year 2

If you have achieved certificated learning in addition to the entry criteria required for your programme of study, it may be possible to accredit this learning towards your chosen course. Full details on how to make an application are available on our open access MOODLE site (download details on how to access the site and submit your claim and supporting evidence). Your application will then be assessed and you will receive confirmation by email on the status of your claim.

Extended requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements (if you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at the University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course).
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Further information

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is not physically possible for us (but we can waive your interview in the next cycle if you have already been interviewed successfully this cycle).

International Application Deadline

Due to this programme requiring applicants to have an interview and meet non-academic conditions, the deadline for international applications is 30th June 2022 for September 2022 entry.

Fees, costs and funding

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Additional costs

Placements

All students within the School of Health Professions will spend time in placements away from university. The South West is a largely rural region, which often requires students to travel longer and further distances than may be expected when universities are in largely urban areas. In many cases students will stay away from home for the period of that placement time. Some students on these courses are eligible for reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs over normal daily travel costs. This support is part of the Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority. However, this should be investigated by the student to make sure this applies to your chosen course of study.

It is difficult to give a precise estimate of placement costs for each individual programme, due to the geographical spread of placements, and duration. However it is recommended you attend an Open Day to find out more about what placement costs can be anticipated or discuss placement with a member of our admissions teams.

Despite these costs, clinical placements offer an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians and are recognised as an essential part of students' development towards becoming a registered practitioner.

Further information

More details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health additional costs.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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  • > Provisional accreditation by the British Dietetic Association

Direct entry into Year 2

Do you already have a science based degree? If so you may be eligible to enter directly into year two of our three year programme. Speak to us via admissions@plymouth.ac.uk to discuss your qualifications and eligibility.

Are you interested in studying dietetics?

A lot of people think dietitians just advise and support people with weight problems. That's a relatively small part of what they do.

Academic lead, Dr Avril Collinson talks you through the key features of studying Dietetics at Plymouth.

Watch our short video to find out more about learning, placements and careers.

A day in a life of a dietitian

Dietitians understand the science behind what we eat and use this to help people be as healthy as possible when they are ill and beyond.
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What are the benefits in choosing the four year course over standard three year alternative?

  • Increased choice for future career direction.
  • Enhanced research journey through an individual research study that offers students: a greater understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice; the potential to undertake a career in research or education; a pathway to progression towards a PhD.
  • Enhancement of leadership skills with the potential to progress to roles at higher managerial levels more quickly

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My Ketogenic Journey - Lee's story

A ketogenic diet (KD) is a very high fat, adequate protein and low carbohydrate diet, used since the 1920’s to treat very difficult to manage epilepsy that is resistant to anti-epileptic medications. It is also the sole treatment for two complex metabolic disorders; Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency Syndrome and Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. In recent years so called “keto” diets are growing in popularity in the press and social media as a ‘one size fits all’ diet for everything from acne to weight loss. Being described as a miraculously enjoyable and easy diet, eating all the fat and protein you want while simply reducing carbohydrate intake.

When used appropriately as a medical treatment, a dietitian calculates and prescribes a bespoke KD regime for each patient. Working closely together to ensure the KD is palatable, well tolerated with minimal side effects and fine-tuned for effectiveness. These prescribed KDs may reach as high as 80-90% of calorie intake from fat. It is incredibly rewarding to support and empower patients to make the extensive dietary changes required and see the remarkable reduction in seizure frequency that can be achieved. So challenge those social media influencers and look deeper into the evidence supporting the ketogenic diet and its true uses!

Watch Lee’s story, a BSc (Hons) Dietetics student, to hear how the ketogenic diet has helped to control his epilepsy and inspired him to study dietetics at Plymouth.

“The ketogenic diet for epilepsy has had a positive impact on my health and quality of life. So much so, it has inspired me to study dietetics and I'm loving the journey so far. I look forward to my future and hope to have a positive impact on others too.”

Our research 

Nutrition is integral to life and health; it influences growth, development, maintenance of health, and can be used to treat disease. We are working to further understand the relationship between nutrition and health. 

Our Dietetics, Human Nutrition and Health research group encompasses all these aspects of nutritional research and collaborates across professions and with other institutes, promoting inter-disciplinary research between the area of nutrition.

Find out more about our nationally and internationally renowned research and expertise at the University of Plymouth – Dietetics, Human Nutrition and Health research group.


Researchers at Plymouth give an insight into the future of the dietetic profession

Over the decades the dietetics profession has moved from a profession that required a medical referral before acting, where the curriculum and standards for entry to the profession were poorly described, and where the impact of the profession was poorly understood, to a fully autonomous profession with rights to prescribe prescription only drugs. 

The current profession is well respected and enjoys a high profile within health and the wider community. The impact of nutrition interventions on health outcomes are growing in recognition. However healthcare is rapidly changing and the professions that deliver it need to adapt and change too.  

With this in mind the British Dietetic Association commissioned Professor Mary Hickson, Dr Avril Collinson and Dr Jenny Child from the University of Plymouth to scope the development of a new workforce strategy for the profession. The research included three phases: establishing the context in which we are working, discovering the profession and professional issues, and the vision for the future.

The third phase brought together 54 dietitians from diverse backgrounds who started to formulate the future strategy for dietetics based on an appreciative inquiry methodology. This generated five key themes: Professional identity; Strong foundations-creating structure and direction for the profession; Amplifying visibility and influence; Embracing advances in science and technology; Career advancement and emerging opportunities. 

The future for dietetics looks bright, embracing technology, exploring different ways of working and embracing new opportunities. 

Read the full research report


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