MDiet Dietetics student, Robin Wileman
Current final year MDiet student Robin talks about her university journey which may be helpful to anyone thinking about studying MDiet (Hons) Dietetics. She explains how the programme is taught, gives insights into her experience so far and provides advice to future students. 

Picking Plymouth

When I travelled down for my interview, I found Plymouth so friendly and welcoming, and the lecturers I spoke to all seemed genuinely passionate about dietetics. 
Plymouth is 400 miles away from my hometown in County Durham, but there was absolutely no doubt in my mind when I selected Plymouth as my first choice on my UCAS application!
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography - Roland Levinsky Building

Gaining skills and experience

The MDiet is a brilliant opportunity to gain even more skills and experience, it places more emphasis on being independent and pioneering and gives you even more opportunities for interprofessional learning and professional development.
There is so much variation and detail you get to experience in the modules on the MDiet course. You are able to explore your own areas of interest within assignments, choosing your own topics and conditions for several of them and you can carry out your own research for your dissertation. 
I also love how it sets you up for your dietetic career: I personally feel so much more confident stepping out into my first job as a dietitian knowing I have an additional year of learning and experience under my belt.

I have recently been offered my first band 5 Dietitian job in a mental health and learning disabilities rotational position, which is my dream dietetic job.


Balancing theory and practice

The balance of theory to practical work at the University is perfect for the course, there is a great blend of dietetics theory intertwined with much more hands-on teaching sessions to reinforce these skills in practice. 
The theoretical elements of the degree are vital in underpinning the more practical aspects of learning: both compliment each other and provide students with a well-rounded plethora of skills to equip them to enter the workplace when they qualify as a HCPC-registered Dietitian.
Practical work at the University of Plymouth is a real mix of different skills and learning, which changes and adapts as you progress through the course. This can be a mixture of laboratory practicals, cooking and tasting sessions, as well as role playing with your peers and real actors. Practical work can involve multidisciplinary learning, on top of a whole range of other activities such as practising assisted feeding on each other, getting to have a look at different feeding tubes and equipment, and preparing different fortified foods and nutritional supplements in the kitchens. 
Mdiet Dietetics student Robin Wileman talking to another student in a lab

A typical week

A typical week studying dietetics at the University of Plymouth is varied and dynamic, with a mix of lectures, practical sessions, seminars, and self-taught learning. There are usually regular, structured teaching sessions interspersed with more independent and collaborative learning – roleplaying or case-based learning workshops, for example, giving you the opportunity to bounce ideas between your peers to get the most out of the sessions. 
While on placement, your weeks will look a lot different to the regular timetabled teaching, as you’ll be working 9-5 every weekday – whether this be the acute setting such as a hospital, or out in the community. 
There is also time available for peer-assisted learning throughout the weeks, and as you progress throughout the course the amount of self-directed learning expected of you increases, so you will have more time to plan out your own studies around your free time. 
Dietetic students using facilities in Link Level 2 Containment lab (HPLC) (Link building)
Group of students in a PALS session
Dietetics students cooking in a lab


The Link Labs have different rooms and resources which provide a very hands-on learning experience to enrich your studies. For example, you could be up in one of the laboratories culturing bacteria to identify and analyse, or you might be down in the kitchens creating texture-modified meals or gluten-free bakes. The facilities are all up-to-date and give you the opportunity to try lots of new things, experiencing more of the practical side of dietetics. 

Evolving with research

The course at Plymouth is constantly adapting and evolving to match the ever-changing research based within dietetics and beyond, which is something I find really exciting and inspiring. For example, one of the modules recently added into the third year is Leadership Roles for Sustainability, linking together dietetic practice with sustainability, something which is extremely important in the current environmental climate. 
students and lecturer in dietetics lab (Link building)

Supporting my journey

I have found it really handy to be able to work part-time for the University whilst studying, as I have been a student ambassador since first year and a sales supervisor at the Student Union shop since second year. The careers service is very forthcoming with providing support and advice when needed, and the student support services in general are amazing at Plymouth, and have helped me a lot in my journey.
MDiet student Robin in SU uniform outside Drake's Place

Not only does the University provide an exciting, well-rounded course with excellent new facilities, but the city itself is a beautiful place to live and study. You have the benefit of being right by the sea, whilst still having all the perks of living in the city. Everything you could possibly need is right on your doorstep, as well as having the added luxury of being a short bus or car ride away from the stunning views of Dartmoor.

Smeaton's Tower
Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
MDiet student Robin eating pizza on the barbican

MDiet (Hons) Dietetics

Stand out from the crowd with an integrated masters in dietetics. 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.
fruit. getty