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Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module critically examines the causes and nutritional and dietetic management of a number of paediatric disorders - preterm infants, children and adolescents with diabetes, cystic fibrosis, faltering growth, allergy and gastrointestinal problems. 

You will explore their impact on feeding problems and the complexity of managing paediatric disorders to ensure normal growth and development.

You will have the opportunity to debate and critically evaluate the evidence base for the current nutritional involvement in the causes and therapeutic interventions of common childhood disorders and examine the current clinical practices, nutrigenomics and strategies required to support families and other healthcare practitioners in managing these conditions.

This module can be taken as a standalone short course or as a pathway-specific module towards the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics and is accredited by the British Dietetics Association.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Online delivery

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Course details

On successful completion of the module you will be able to
  • critically explore the evidence base for the impact nutrition can have on growth, development and health outcomes where normal development is compromised by such factors as prematurity, inherited genetic polymorphisms and psychosocial factors
  • debate and justify the evidence currently available to support the feeding recommendations and nutritional interventions to promote normal growth and development in infants and children with common paediatric disorders
  • critically explore the influence of lifestyle, culture and socioeconomic status on feeding and management of the conditions under study
  • evaluate the role of the multidisciplinary team and social support in the management of common paediatric disorders and barriers to improvement in effectiveness
  • develop capacity and capability to reduce harm and risk through care plans where complexity of case management is a barrier and which involves the ability to adapt and communicate care plans to family members, carers, health care professionals and others.


The assessment for this module is a 4,000-word reflective essay.
(Please note that these assessment details are provisional – if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

Delivery 1
27 September (Welcome session) and 3, 4, 10, 11 October 2023
Delivery 2
9 (welcome session), 23, 24, 30 April and 1 May 2024
Module dates may be subject to change. 
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Entry requirements

 Students wishing to undertake this module must:
  • currently be working in the field of clinical nutrition and dietetics
  • be a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • have an in depth knowledge of nutrition and dietetics to honours degree level.
For further information regarding the entry requirements please contact the Professional Development Unit. 

Fees and funding

Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.