Postgraduate study
This programme will give you the opportunity to develop critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice skills at one of the University's most successful schools.
MSc Advanced Dietetic Practice
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:2 (or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants must also be a registered dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (or international equivalent)
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
Sutton Bonington Campus



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.

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.

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 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; it does not lead to HCPC registration and does not offer the opportunity for hospital experience. Rather, it is a postgraduate post-registration programme suitable as continuing professional development for dietitians and other healthcare professionals.

Key facts

  • This programme has been specially developed by professionals in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, in the School of Biosciences.
  • 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.

Full course details

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.

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 (PGDip) 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:

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)

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 East Midlands Parkway railway station at Ratcliffe on Soar with direct links to London, 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. 

Academic enquiries

Informal discussions with the course manager are possible. Please contact Katherine Lawson on +44(0)115 951 6061 or at



Core modules

Professional Practice 1

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

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

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

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

The following are 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
  • Gastroenterology

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

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.

Government loans for masters courses

Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 94% 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 £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career. 

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. 

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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