Advanced Dietetic Practice PGCert


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PGCert Advanced Dietetic Practice
Part time 21 Months
Entry requirements
Candidates will be required to be a Registered dietitian with the Health Professions Council, (this will not be required if you are an international applicant), together with at least 2:2 Honours degree or the international equivalent.
Other requirements
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September and January
Sutton Bonington Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


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.
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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 Masters in Advanced Dietetic Practice programme since 2008. This new 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 masters, PGDip 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.

Key facts

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Course details

This programme has been designed with maximum flexibility in mind: you follow a modular structure which allows you to progress at a rate to suit your own personal and professional situation, either full-time or part-time. 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.

The full-time certificate course takes nine months for completion; the part-time option is up to three years.

Course venue and dates 

The programme is taught at the University's Sutton Bonington Campus, 20km south of Nottingham. Modules usually run from September to May although some can be completed over one semester. 

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. 

Each qualification requires the following minimum credits for completion:

Certificate: 60 credits 

Core modules (20 credits) 

Optional modules (40 credits) 

Diploma: 120 credits 

Core modules (40 credits) 

Optional modules (80 credits)

Masters: 180 credits 

Core modules (60 credits) 

Optional modules (60 credits)
Research project & dissertation (60 credits) 

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.   


Please note that module availability may change from year to year and different modules may be available from those detailed below. 

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 (Masters & Dip only)

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. 

Optional modules 

  • Understanding and Changing Behaviour 

Introduces fundamental concepts from biological, individual differences, cognitive, social and developmental psychology and their contribution to the understanding of health behaviour. You will also explore the health practitioner's role in understanding and changing health behaviour. 

  • Enhancing Communication Skills for One-to-One Client Consultations

This module is designed to provide an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and evidence base associated with the fundamental skills of one to one communication with clients. You will develop communication skills for use in one to one client consultations and develop your ability to reflect on practice and identify areas for future development. 

  • Advanced Communication Skills for One-to-One Client Consultations

Opportunity to develop issues above. 

  • Paediatric Nutrition

A comprehensive understanding of the role of diet of children and young people and their requirements in health and disease, including the treatment of diseases like obesity, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria, allergy, eating disorders and cancer with nutritional therapy. 

  • Renal Nutrition

A comprehensive understanding of the role of diet and other treatments in the management of renal disease (chronic renal failure, end stage renal failure, acute renal failure and nephritic syndrome). 

  • Public Health Nutrition Management 

Taking examples of current national and local public health policy strategies and initiatives, this module provides an understanding of their management: planning, management of resources, and practical considerations in a range of settings, evaluation and implementation. You will study the development of values, standards, guidelines and agreed practices.

  • Public Health Nutrition Policy 

An introductory understanding of the role of the health and social care professionals in the community in relation to strategic planning and nutrition policy in public health. 

  • Obesity Management

Designed to increase awareness of the complexity of obesity from the point of view of both the patient and practitioner. Also to develop greater understanding of the tools, skills and strategies available to treat obesity, the evidence base for their use and their practical application. 

  • Nutrition Support

Explores nutrition support strategies and provides dietitians with skills and knowledge to design, assess and monitor routine enteral and parenteral feeding regimens. 

  • Advanced Clinical Supervisory Skills 

The course is designed to enable students to have an understanding of the concept of learning and how it applies to clinical supervision of dietetic students.

  • Clinical Supervision

This module considers the evidence base associated with effective learning on placement, develop skills for use in placement supervision and enhance ability to reflect on practice.

  • Diabetes I

You will further your knowledge and understanding of the current trends and evidence base underpinning the dietary management of people with diabetes in order for you to achieve the competencies required to support more specialist skills.  This module is aimed at the band 5 practitioner who is new to working in the area of diabetes.

  • Diabetes II

This module is designed for the practitioner who is working at band 6 level and already has a reasonable level of experience of working with people with diabetes.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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.

International and EU students

The International Office provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, scholarships, 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 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 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

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