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Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics (MSc)

Course Description

Are you a qualified dietitian working in paediatric dietetics? Take your career further with our specialist course delivered in partnership with the Paediatric Group of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). You’ll benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading clinical practitioners from across the UK and develop as an evidence-based practitioner with advanced skills in clinical reasoning, critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership.

Key features

Fast-track your progression with the introduction of a one-year, full-time mode of study. You can choose from three award pathways with full and part-time options: Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), 60 credits; Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), 120 credits; and Masters (MSc), 180 credits. The full-time route will normally take one year and the part-time route will normally take two years.

Benefit from teaching delivered at Plymouth University and leading children’s hospitals across the UK, including the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street Hospital London, Manchester Children’s Hospital, John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford, Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow.

Have time to reflect with both core and pathway specific modules taught using blended learning techniques, combining short study blocks with distance learning technologies.

Get support from experienced and enthusiastic staff who encourage your personal development.

Take advantage of single, stand-alone modules that can be taken for Continuing Professional Development.

Take the opportunity to study in an inter-professional setting with inter-professional core modules. You’ll gain professional insights through our collaboration with the Business Faculty on both the core modules.

Become an evidence-based practitioner equipped to manage and lead in dynamic settings with our core modules applying evidence to practice and developing self and others.

Tailor your learning to the workplace through module assignments.

Find out more details in our programme brochure.

Course details

Increase your skills in reflection, analysis and critical debate, as well as developing your knowledge base to match pace with current developments. With our emphasis on self-directed learning, you’ll be expected to read around the subject and actively engage in face-to-face and online tasks. You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures followed by small group work, and tutorials to support your development.

You will benefit from assessment by written coursework with no written exams. In some modules, where there are skills components, there may be a practical assessment. Our teaching is underpinned by current research, giving you the opportunity to work closely with experienced staff on your own research project. The quality of our programme is important to us, so we’ll encourage you to engage in feedback, staff-student liaison and to join in with the wider life of the school.


Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

You will be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You will normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following university regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS):
This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module has the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietician with the Health and Social Care Professions Council.

Visit the Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics (MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have a relevant first class or 2:1 honours degree, or a European first cycle equivalent in dietetics. If you are a non-UK based candidate you must be recognised as a dietician within your own country. You should have experience of professional practice in paediatric dietetics. Note that successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as a dietician with the Health and Social Care Professions Council. You must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English- IELTS minimum of 6.5 in each part.

Course Fees

Full-time: UK/EU: £5,660, International: £13,250, Islands: £13,250; Part-time (per 10 credits): UK/EU: £314, International: £750, Islands: £750

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