The role dieticians play in contributing to people's health and wellbeing is significant. We will provide you with the knowledge and professional skills required to become a practising dietitian.
You will learn to interpret nutritional science and its application in health and illness, together with biochemistry, physiology, food science and social science perspectives to develop an evidence-based and critical approach to dietetic practice and the effective management of therapeutic conditions.
The combination of academic and practice learning activities enables you to develop a patient-centred approach, and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become a professional dietitian working inacute and primary care settings. You will also develop effective team working and communication skills, enabling you to facilitate group education and nutritional interventions to influence the health and eating behaviour of individuals and communities.
- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
The course is strongly vocational, and our postgraduate students are highly successful in gaining employment as dietitians in the NHS. Practice learning is delivered in partnership with local NHS Trusts, enabling you to build relationships with local employers.
Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.
Our course reflects the changing nature of dietetic practice and the demands of the new entry practitioner within health and social care. Academic staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise in dietetics, and the course retains a national profile for postgraduate provision in the UK. You will be able to meet professional competencies through a range of practice learning opportunities provided in the NHS.
Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and you will be eligible to register and practice as a dietitian in the UK once you've successfully completed our course.
Applied Nutrition Support You will explore the dietetic care of service users with acute and chronic long term conditions, specifically nutritional assessment, requirements and justifying care plans to meet individual needs. You will also consider the ethical dilemmas faced in applying diet therapy.
Enterprise in Public Health Nutrition A life course approach to Public Health Nutrition and contemporary issues integrated with sociological perspectives, health promotion, epidemiology and enterprise. This module equips you for strategic working and delivery of effective nutrition interventions in the health and social care sector.
Lifestyle & Long Term Conditions Knowledge, application and evaluation of evidenced based dietary guidelines are studied. This informs progression of practice skills and the development of patient centred care plans to manage lifestyle conditions relevant to care pathways and settings.
Nutrition Advances in Practice You will explore the principles of nutrition and nutritional science underpinning nutrient requirements, whilst developing the food skills required to apply theory to practice. You will develop a broader understanding of how sociological and psychological factors influence food intake and health.
Professional Development For Practice Personal and professional development, communication skills, and inter-professional learning integrated with NHS practice placements will enable you to start applying theory to practice and build professional skills. You will work towards the development of competent professional practice.
Reflection & Consolidation You will continue to build, critically reflect on and consolidate knowledge and professional skills to deliver competent practice. You will learn to work strategically in teams to innovate and lead service improvements, enhancing patient outcomes to deliver safe and effective nutritional care.
Placements 1, 2 & 3
"Our postgraduates undertake an integrated professional development programme to foster development of the right knowledge and skills, values and behaviours required for employment as a dietitian in the NHS workforce."
Katie Peck is Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a Registered Dietitian and is a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. After practising as a registered dietitian in the NHS working across acute and primary care with a specific interest in vulnerable communities, Katie joined our University. Katie has held a number of professional and leadership roles within health and social care practice and education. Katie has a particular interest in the pre-registration education of dietitians and their professional development across academic and practice settings, and is currently undertaking a professional doctorate.
- Nutrition Laboratories Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.
- Library Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.
- Clinical Skills Suite Try out your practical knowledge and skills in our well-equipped community living area, which includes a kitchen.