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Year of Entry 2021/22
MSc

Dietetics (Pre-registration)

Gain advanced qualifications and skills in dietetics — and become eligible for registration with the HCPC.


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What is the fee? Home: £21,500 for the course
International/EU: £35,140 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? January 2022

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Course summary

  • Become eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) — which is compulsory for practising dietitians in the UK.
  • Gain advanced qualifications in dietetics.
  • Learn through practice placements and academic study.

On this course, you’ll gain a unique understanding of nutrition, food composition, diet and metabolism — and how diet therapy can be used to promote health and treat acute and long term conditions to achieve effective care for service users. You’ll apply your learning on useful practice placements, and reflect on your work in concurrent taught sessions. You’ll graduate as a skilled, autonomous practitioner, ready for employment in a range of health and social care settings (including the NHS).

This course is open to applications received from Monday 1st February 2021 to 5pm on Friday 30th April 2021. Applications received outside these times won't be considered.


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How you learn

Throughout the course, your taught modules will be reinforced by group discussion and directed study. Simulated and practical experiential learning activities will enable you to apply theory to practice.

You’ll develop a critical approach to the evidence that underpins dietetics — gaining a deeper understanding of current issues at the forefront of clinical practice. This will prepare you for conducting your own research in the field.

You learn through

  • four practice placements in a variety of health and social care settings
  • academic study and coursework
  • a substantial final year project/dissertation focusing on researching practice

Applied learning

Work placements

Academic and practice  learning is a main feature on this course. You are placed in two different dietetic placements in your first year.

An initial Placement A (10 days part-time) will familiarise you with the practice setting and provide the opportunity to start to apply skills in practice. Your second Placement B1 ( 50 days part-time) involves  development of your practice skills in selected settings.  Placements take place Tuesday to Thursday in an NHS setting. Your performance is assessed to meet professional competencies.

In the second year you undertake Placement B2 (20 days part-time), where you continue to develop and extend your practice skills in a service where there may be no direct dietetic involvement but where there is dietetic need. This may be in a Health and social care setting  or the voluntary or independent  sector.  Academic study takes place alongside practice learning scheduled Monday-Wednesday.  The final Placement C (60 days full-time) takes place towards the end of the course— where professional skills are consolidated in more challenging and complex settings. This gives a solid foundation for your professional career.

Live projects

Your dissertation is based on your own choice of primary research, service evaluation or audit of an area of practice which you will plan and carry out in your second year. This is supported through  partnerships with local Trusts to advance research and enquiry in dietetics.

Networking opportunities

A strong feature of this course is an  integrated curriculum in bespoke modules where you are with students and practitioners from other professions as well as dietetics e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing and social work  learning with, from and about each other so developing inter-professional capabilities.  This together with the  involvement of service users and specialist practitioners offers multidimensional perspectives on learning and prepares you for working as part of an integrated workforce in health and social care (including the NHS) and wider environments.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in dietetics in the following settings

  • health and social care (including the NHS acute, primary care and mental health settings,
  • public health and wellbeing/ health promotion
  • voluntary and independent sectors e.g. Service user organisations, Food Industry, Media, Research, Higher Education, and Private Practice

Accreditation

Provides eligibility to apply for HCPC registration as a dietitian. This course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) as delivering the approved pre-registration curriculum framework. 

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a range of clinical skills simulation suites e.g. clinical wards, operating theatre, x-ray suit, GP practice rooms and a terraced house (service user home)
  • specialist kitchen facilities for food practicals
  • health physiology laboratories for nutrition assessment, body composition and blood biochemistry
  • dietary analysis software and range of food apps

Entry requirements

All students

First degree, normally at level 2:1 or above in a relevant science subject, such as biological or health sciences, nutrition, sport and exercise science.

Human physiology and biochemistry should be studied to level 5 or equivalent in first degree.

Experience of research or knowledge of research methods.

GCSE English and Maths C (Grade 4) or equivalent.

For international applicants IELTS 7.0 with no components below 6.5. Applicants must have a good command of written and spoken English on entry to the course.

Helping your application succeed

Experience

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a health or social care course. This is so you will have an understanding of the diversity of the population who access health and social care.  It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required for the profession at your interview.

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

Interview

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to an online interview. To confirm your identity on the day please bring a valid form of photo ID with you, preferably a passport or photo driving licence.

View our interview guidance to ensure you understand the interviews process and how you can prepare for this.   

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission declaration forms provided during the admissions process:

  • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) (PDF, 38.1KB) as part of the application process
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Immunisations

You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge. Please obtain details of your immunisation history from your doctor so you can submit this during your Occupational Health Screening.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK it is important for you to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the next stage of the professional requirements for your course. The pre-course day is also a good opportunity to meet fellow applicants on the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, as well as some current students and teaching staff. We will look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received. 

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

You can contact our disability coordinator on 0114 225 2588 to explore any issues you may have, or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course.

Open day

Our online open days give you an opportunity to chat live to our teaching staff and current students. You can explore the campus and view our facilities virtually as well as asking any questions you may have. To book your place at one of our online open days please follow this link: University open days.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Nutrition Support Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Creating Original Practice Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Dietetic Practice In Long Term Conditions Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Evaluating Research Methodologies Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Nutrition And Food Composition Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Practical
Module: Understanding Complexity In Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Complexity In Dietetic Practice Credits: 15
Module: Evaluating Complexity In Practice Credits: 15
Module: Leadership In Public Health Nutrition Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £21,500 for the course which includes a placement supplement. Please visit our health and social care funding pages for more information.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £35,140 for the course which includes a placement supplement.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry. If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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