Continuing your professional development is not only a requirement for ongoing registration with the Health Professions Council but is increasingly recognised as important by government, professional bodies and the public sector. The University of Nottingham has been a recognised provider of the British Dietetic Association's (BDA) Masters in Advanced Dietetic Practice programme since 2008. This postgraduate qualification has been designed to meet the BDA's requirements of both work-based learning and research skills.
Practitioners who aspire to become increasingly competent professionals must develop the ability to evaluate current practice critically, both from the wider professional picture and their individual point of view.
This programme (also available as PGDip, PGCert or as individual modules) offers a sound foundation for professional development on which to build your future success. It has been designed to suit your personal and professional situation, whether that is a single module, a postgraduate certificate, diploma or the complete masters programme.
Please note: this is not a postgraduate pre-registration course for individuals with a first degree now wanting to train as a dietitian, but rather a postgraduate post-registration programme suitable as continuing professional development for dietitians and other healthcare professionals.
- This programme has been specially developed by professionals in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, in the School of Biosciences, one of the University's most successful schools based at the Sutton Bonington Campus.
- Our dynamic teaching team offers the opportunity to learn under the guidance of expert practitioners, educators and researchers. 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, and develop practical skills in relation to accepted theories.
- The school is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK (for agriculture, veterinary and food science) in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 97% of our work (in the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and Science ) was judged to be of international quality.
This programme has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind. You study part-time and follow a modular structure which allows you to progress at a rate to suit your own personal and professional situation. You can enrol on individual modules or pursue a route leading to the award of certificate, diploma or masters in advanced dietetic practice. It is envisaged most students will start with one module and then decide whether they wish to complete further study and discuss these options with the course leader.
Full-time masters course takes one year for completion. Part-time option may be up to maximum of six years. (Diploma and certificate also require one year full-time for completion or maximum of six years part-time (diploma) or three years (PGCert).
Course structure and dates
Modules usually run from September to May although some can be completed over one semester. Each qualification requires the following minimum 'credits' for completion
Masters: 180 credits (core modules 60 credits; optional modules 60 credits; research project & dissertation 60 credits)
Diploma: 120 credits (core modules 40 credits; optional modules 80 credits)
Certificate: 60 credits (core modules 20 credits; optional modules (40 credits)
Taught modules consist of:
1) Core modules
- Professional Practice 1 (compulsory for all programmes)
- Professional Practice 2 (compulsory for diploma and masters only)
- Research strategies in healthcare (diploma and masters programme only)
2) Optional modules which you choose to suit your area of interest and personal commitments. See Modules section.
Where will I study?
The programme is taught at the University's Sutton Bonington Campus, 20km south of Nottingham. The campus is a 25 minute bus or car journey to University Park Campus, with connections to Nottingham City. The campus is only 4.5 km from the new East Midlands Parkway railway station at Ratcliffe on Soar with direct links to London) 90 mins, Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Leicester and Sheffield.
Student support and guidance
Following acceptance on to the course, each student will have the opportunity to discuss their individual needs with members of the course team resulting in an agreed plan of study. All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout the course. Information on University provisions for student support will be given to each student.
Informal discussions with the course manager are possible. Please contact
Dr Fiona McCullough
t:+44(0)115 951 6118
Please note that module availability may change from year to year and different modules may be available from those detailed below.
Professional Practice 1 (20 credits)
Designed to provide a work based learning opportunity, enabling the learner to evaluate dietetic practice critically and to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your work which will benefit your practice and that of your department. Taught content is minimal.
Professional Practice 2 (20 credits)
Designed to provide a work based learning opportunity, enabling the learner to demonstrate an improvement in professional practice expertise. You will also develop high level skills in experiential and reflective learning as a basis for lifelong learning and demonstrate an ability to recognise self transformation and self direction through the development of a learning contract. Taught content is minimal.
Research Strategies in Healthcare (20 credits)
This module is designed to enable health and community care practitioners to develop their skills of critical review and knowledge of research methods appropriate to their field of practice. The course equips you with knowledge concerning the importance of theoretical paradigms, research design, sampling strategies, data collection and analysis methodologies to healthcare research. It also focuses on the development of advanced search skills and the ability to integrate research findings into clinical practice.
Research Project (60 credits)
In this dissertation module you will have the opportunity to undertake an individual and substantial piece of work in an area of personal interest relevant to dietetic practice, involving the application of investigative, critical and analytical skills, and the presentation of a report (12,000-15,000 words) of the process and outcome of the work, together with a viva voce examination.
This module is primarily carried out via independent study/activity. Individual tutorials with the designated supervisor and advisors appropriate to the area of study are also arranged over the duration of the project. Additional support can be provided in the form of "statistics clinics".
Optional modules (20 credits each)
- Advanced Clinical Supervisory Skills
- Nutrition Support
- Obesity Management
- Renal Management
- Public Health Nutrition Management
- Public Health Nutrition Policy
- Enhancing Communication Skills for One-to-One Client Consultations
- Understanding and Changing Behaviour
- Paediatric Nutrition
- Advanced Communication Skills for One-to-One Client Consultations
- Clinical Supervision
- Diabetes I
- Diabetes II
Please see the University's module catalogue for details on each module
Funding is available for staff within the East Midlands region via the Strategic Health Authority's 'Learning Beyond Registration' (LBR) initiative for both full programmes and for individual modules except the 60 credit Research Project.
All candidates must complete an LBR Funding form or Self-Funding form (whichever is appropriate). These forms are available upon request from the PG course administrator. Please note that you must seek permission from your line manager before applying.
To check if you qualify for funding please contact:
Ms Marie Coombes (see contact details).
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 87% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,800 with the highest being £29,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14.
Career prospects and employability
The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.