Understanding and Changing Behaviour


Programme fact file

Programme title: Understanding and Changing Behaviour 
Qualification: Credits count towards Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Advanced Dietietic Practice
Start date: 6 February 2018
Duration: 3 taught days (6, 13-14 February 2018), 1 day of self learning (18 April 2018). Completion over 6 months. 
Maximum places available: Limited
Fees: Contact course administrator 
Available on weekends/evenings: No

School of Biosciences 

Programme overview

Course description

This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts from psychology and sociology and explores their contribution to understanding and changing of food-related behaviour.

The course also provides an introduction to fundamental concepts from sociology (including social divisions, social inequalities, social structures and social practices) and their contribution to the understanding of health behaviour, as well as presenting a sound theoretical underpinning to facilitate health behaviour change.

The course is designed for practising dietitians and other healthcare professionals wishing to update individual knowledge and skills.

Depending on professional background, a combination of these courses can lead to either a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or masters qualification in Advanced Dietetic Practice. 

Programme detail

On successful completion, you should have learned:

  • Fundamental psychological and sociological concepts.
  • The contribution of fundamental psychological and sociological concepts to the understanding of health behaviour.
  • Theories underpinning the facilitation of health behaviour change.
  • The ability to apply fundamental theories from sociology and psychology to practice to behaviour change interventions.
  • The ability to reflect upon the influence of theories from sociology and psychology on your own practice.
  • Approach the management of health behaviour in an ethical manner.

Our programmes are specially developed by professionals in the Division of Nutritional Sciences. We have a dynamic teaching team and offer the opportunity to learn under the guidance of expert practitioners, educators and researchers.

During your studies with us, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain a thorough knowledge of the principles of professional development.
  • Develop skills of critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice.
  • Develop practical skills in relation to accepted theories.

Fees and Funding

Please contact the course administrator for fees information.

Applicants who will be employed by the NHS in the East Midlands while they are undertaking their studies may be eligible to apply for Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) funding through Health Education East Midlands. Funding is available for individual courses and full programmes, with the exception of the 60 credit Research Project/Dissertation required on the Masters course, which would be self-funded. 

All candidates must complete an LBR funding form or self-funding form. To check if you qualify for funding and obtain the appropriate form, please contact the course administrator.



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Sutton Bonington Campus,
Sutton Bonington,
LE12 5RD


About Sutton Bonington



Mrs Katherine Lawson, Postgraduate Dietetics Courses Administrator
t:   +44 (0) 115 951 6201  

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