Dietetics and Nutrition

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9.36 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 14 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:3622 Duration:24 months

The course provides teaching and learning in food, nutrition, dietetics and relevant disease aetiology, pathology and management. Additionally, clinical skills, research skills and public health are embedded in the course.

Through successful completion of the course, which includes three compulsory practice placements, students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to provide eligibility to apply to the register of health professionals who meet the Health Professions Council standards for training, professional skills and behaviour.

This is an accelerated programme to build on prior learning and provides a practical and sound scientific base in all the subjects necessary for a full understanding of the issues and concepts related to dietetics and nutrition. It helps students become safe, effective learners and practitioners in all fields of dietetic practice. The course provides the opportunity to complete the MSc Dietetics and Nutrition and develop advanced skills in the design and implementation of research in the field of human nutrition and dietetics. Please click on the Applying and Entry tab for guidance and full details of the application process.

Career opportunities
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.

The postgraduate diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition will provide dietetic graduates with core knowledge and skills to enable individuals to work in a wide variety of areas such as public health and health promotion, the management of nutrition related disease and/or disease related malnutrition and in primary care managing dietary needs in long term illness.

Dietitians work as part of a team to manage the health and nutritional needs of individuals, communities and populations. Graduating from the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics & Nutrition is the start of lifelong learning and an exciting and varied career in nutrition, health and disease management.

Course Structure
This is an intensive course that provides a qualification that is both professional and at postgraduate level. This includes three statutory practical placements within approved NHS Trusts. The Postgraduate Diploma, which provides eligibility to apply to the register of health professionals with theHealth Professions Council (HPC), is taught full-time over 18 months continuously commencing in September.

Year One

Autumn semester

* Integrated Clinical Dietetics 1 (groups)
* Assessment of Nutritional Status
* Nutrition, Food science and Catering
* Placement 1

Spring semester

* Integrated Clinical Dietetics 2 (individuals)
* Public Health and Epidemiology
* Advanced Pathology and Clinical Management of Disease


* Placement 2
* Preparation for Placement 3

Year Two

Autumn Semester

* Placement 3

The MSc can be obtained post registration by completing an additional semester, or part-time up to six years after starting the course. This will allow you to complete your MSc while in employment as a dietitian and includes the production of a research protocol, undertaking research and the production of a research dissertation.

Assessment of the course is by a combination of coursework and examination.

Academic Entry criteria [2:1 BSc (Hons) Science degree]: Suitable science degrees include: biomedical science, human nutrition, nutritional science, biochemistry, physiology, human biology and pharmacology. A substantive component of biochemistry and human physiology is required, including cell biology concerning cell structure and intracellular activities; concepts of cell theory, an understanding of the fundamentals of biological chemistry required for the study of biosciences at a higher level; key biochemical molecules and their role in cellular activities; physiological processes concentrating on the organ and systems level. Normally successful applicants will have studied this at Level 5 in their degree.A nutritional studies component at degree level covering the basis of nutritional science including macro and micro nutrients and their role in the diet; the nutritional composition of foods; and the links between diet and disease is also required. Prospective applicants without nutrition or biochemistry are advised to obtain a module at the Open University or other institution prior to applying for the Postgraduate Diploma course. Many of our successful applicants also have a Masters degree and/or other postgraduate qualifications.Previous qualifications:Qualifications should include Chemistry and Biology at grade C at A Level or equivalent, and Maths and English GCSE at grade C or above or equivalent.English Language: Proficiency in English Language is essential, as required by the HPC. If English is not your first language you will require one of the following qualifications: IELTs level 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.Additional Criteria:A strong interest in working within the NHS as a registered dietitian. A demonstrated understanding of the role of a dietitian and the skills required to carry out this role. The Health Professions Council requests that universities must satisfy themselves that applicants should not have a criminal conviction which would preclude them from the Register therefore a satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau prior to acceptance on the course. Candidates are required to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire in order to ensure they are able to cope with the demands of the course. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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