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  • Qualification

    Master of Dietetics - MDiet

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The MDiet (Hons) Dietetics is a four-year, full-time Masters level programme. This programme produces graduates with a specialist core knowledge of applied nutrition and practical skills in therapeutic dietetics, enabling application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a dietitian. Core elements of the programme are supported by an appropriate range of biological sciences such as; biochemistry, food science, physiology, genetics, pathophysiology and immunology. There is a strong element of public health and the social sciences of sociology and psychology to underpin models of behavioural change for individuals and groups. The curriculum uses Enquiry Based Learning which comprises of Case-based Learning using real patient scenarios, group projects and research projects, alongside practical skills, lectures, seminars, workshops and distance-learning resources to develop clinical reasoning skills and self-directed learning. Vertical integration is key to this programme with key themes integrated throughout the programme. This helps to develop greater understanding and incremental skill progression. The MDiet programme is committed to inter-professional collaboration in both education and practice. Preparation for practice, proposal project design for research, leadership roles and sustainability and innovation in an ever changing market place are taught as inter-professional learning, promoting intellectual skills of critical appraisal, reasoning, and future career planning for dietitians. The leadership roles and sustainability module in the year 3 provides students with a unique set of skills around leadership, marketing media and business planning which will allow students to adapt proactively to an ever changing health care environment. The contemporary and emerging issues in clinical nutrition module in year 3 allows students to critique new and novel areas so being at the forefront of knowledge and evidence base. Year 4 of the programme builds on students’ abilities to clinically reason and adaptability with the two modules; Innovation in an ever-changing market place and Malnutrition and nutritional support and the choice of either the sports nutrition or long term conditions module in order to tailor their learning to reflect personal interests. The process of undertaking individual research projects equips students with the necessary skills of planning, organising, data collection and analysis. It deepens understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice and develops the concept of generating evidence in the form of research. The research output is presented in a suitable format for publication, enabling graduates to have confidence in becoming research active in the future. Practical placements occur in years 1 to 3, with the option of a 2 week voluntary industrial placement outside of the NHS setting, during the summer of the first academic year. During year 4 the MDiet students will develop mentoring skills predominantly through a regular university based online nutrition clinic. MDiet students will support the delivery of these clinics, enhancing leadership and management skills.

Application deadline

15 January

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A level : ABB

128 (ABB) from three A levels which must include Biology plus a secondscience, preferably Chemistry but will accept Maths /Physics /Psychology /Sociology/Geography/Geology/Environmental science. Excludes general studies.Extended project will be counted if nutrition-related subject (this will be considered at confirmation).


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University of Plymouth

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    Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, England

The university has a thriving international community, with over 2,500 students from more than 100 countries, and 80 partnerships in over 30 countries.
A dedicated international student advice team provides specialist support to international students, helping them settle into UK life.
The university is renowned for its world-leading research, especially in the fields of marine and maritime, health technologies and sustainability.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 43 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 171
    163 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%



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