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Are you a qualified health practitioner looking to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to advance your professional practice? Designed for registered dietitians, this pathway has a specialist core dietetic practice: supported studies module, which provides you with support to investigate and design an evidence-based ‘service improvement’ within your own specialist field of practice. You’ll be primed to become an evidence-based practitioner, ready to manage and lead in dynamic settings.

Key features

  • Become an evidence-based practitioner, equipped to manage and lead in busy and constantly changing settings. 
  • Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core and optional modules. 
  • Shape your own learning journey – you’ll have opportunities to tailor your learning in the workplace through module assignments and the Dietetic Practice: Supported Study module.
  • Learn from experts in a setting where innovative thinking regards advanced professional development is put into practice.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility our programme offers. You can take some of the modules by distance learning, while others are taught via short intensive study blocks to minimise time away from other commitments. 
  • Complete the programme in one year with the full-time study option or balance work and caring commitments by studying part time over a maximum of five years. 
  • The full-time route is suitable for international students, who will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.

Find out more details in our programme brochure.

*This programme is designed for qualified practitioners and there is no requirement of a clinical placement component. This programme or any of its pathways do not lead to eligibility to apply for registration with a regulatory body.

Course details

Programme overview

Postgraduate certificate – to achieve a postgraduate certificate, you will need to earn 60 credits. This must include the core module Applying Evidence to Practice (20 credits) and the pathway specific module Dietetic Practice: Supported Study (20 credits), with the remaining 20 credits coming from an optional module of your choice.

Postgraduate diploma - to achieve a postgraduate diploma, you will need to earn 120 credits. This will include the 60 credits achieved at postgraduate certificate level plus the core module Project Design for Research (20 credits) and two optional modules of your own choice (2 x 20 credits). 

Master of science - for a full masters degree, you will need to earn a total of 180 credits. Following achievement of 120 credits at postgraduate diploma level, you will complete the Research Dissertation module (60 credits) to total 180 credits. 

Note: Core module, ADV702 – Applying evidence to practice, can be taken as a taught module or via distance learning. Please visit the module webpage for further information.

For further information on the modules that make up this programme please visit MSc Advanced Professional Practice module information. Full time or international students will be supported to choose optional modules with non-clinical assignments.

Examples of the optional modules available

  • ADV735 Advancing the management of long-term conditions
  • ADV741 Nutrition and dietetics in infancy and childhood
  • ADV742 Nutrition and dietetics in common paediatric disorders
  • ADV758 Supporting the needs of the frail older person
  • ADV759 International perspectives and practice requirements for health and social care practitioners
  • ADV762 Recognition and reduction of risk to the lower limb in the patient with diabetes
  • ADV763 Facilitating collaborative patient management and flow
  • ADV764 Leading professionals; Managing aspirations for self and others
  • ADV765 The ageing person: Society, body and mind

Core modules

  • ADV702 Applying Evidence to Practice
  • ADV715 Project Design for Research
  • ADV716 Research Dissertation
  • ADV749 Dietetic Practice: Supported Study

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 in Dietetics pathway specification 4472

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.


Visit the Advanced Professional Practice in Dietetics - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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