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Dietetics
Postgraduate course
MSc

Dietetics

Applications for September 2018 are now closed.
Applications for September 2019 are now open. Applications will close on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 4pm for Home/EU and on Wednesday 27 February 2019 at 4pm for overseas applicants.

Applicants who have completed our PGDip Dietetics in the last five years will be considered for advanced entry and will only need to complete a further 60 level 7 credit points.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Dietitians make a vital contribution to people's health and wellbeing. On this course, you will learn the theory and practice of nutritional science so that you can register with the Health and Care Professions Council as a qualified dietitian.

You will explore the composition of food, the nature of nutrients and their metabolism in the body, nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan and the dietary effects of food on health. You will also learn how to work alongside service users with acute and chronic disease in hospitals and primary care settings.

You will gain the professional expertise necessary for effective practice, critical evaluation and adaptability when faced with the changing dynamics of working in health and social care. You will also be well prepared for the responsibilities and expectations associated with being a healthcare professional, and consider the ethical and legal boundaries arising from exercising a professional duty of care.
Our course reflects the changing nature of dietetic practice and the demands of the new entry practitioner within health and social care. Academic staff are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise in dietetics, and the course retains a national profile for postgraduate provision in the UK. You will be able to meet professional competencies through a range of practice learning opportunities provided in the NHS. Many of our graduates go on to permanent positions as a direct result of having been in touch with employers whilst on practice placement. Likewise, students have the opportunity to collaborate with dietitians working in clinical practice on research projects. Our course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and you will be eligible to register and practice as a dietitian in the UK once you've successfully completed our course.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Masters loan available
  • Placements

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Entry Requirements

Requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a cognate subject. A list of courses previously accepted can be found at this link. Your degree must contain the study of biochemistry and human physiology to level 5 as well as research skills and methodology.

Please see our UK/EU FAQ or international applicant FAQ for information on this course.

A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed by local NHS dietitians. It should not exceed 1000 words and should cover the following:

  1. Commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS.
  2. Awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian.
  3. Developing communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrating an interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
  5. Basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
  6. Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.

Further guidance on writing a supporting statement can be found in the Application Information Booklet at this link.

Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) and if selected will need to attend for interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

The interview is part of our pre-offer selection day. It will include a discussion based on the core values of the NHS Constitution. International students will undertake their interview via Skype.

All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link, references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly from the referee. It is the applicant's responsibility to request references from their referees.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, see further details here.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a cognate subject. A list of courses previously accepted can be found at this link. Your degree must contain the study of biochemistry and human physiology to level 5 as well as research skills and methodology.

Please see our UK/EU FAQ or international applicant FAQ for information on this course.

A supporting statement forms part of the selection process and is assessed by local NHS dietitians. It should not exceed 1000 words and should cover the following:

  1. Commitment to dietetics and working as a dietitian in the NHS.
  2. Awareness of the varied role and duties of a dietitian.
  3. Developing communication skills and evidence of experiences where communication skills have been used or adapted for people from a range of backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrating an interest in and ability to work with people in a care setting and recognise own strengths and weaknesses for working in this environment.
  5. Basic food preparation and cooking skills and exposure to the diversity and enjoyment of food in a multi-cultural society.
  6. Evidence of overcoming obstacles or challenges in your personal or professional life.

Further guidance on writing a supporting statement can be found in the Application Information Booklet at this link.

Students will be recruited on the basis that their values align with those of the NHS Constitution, as well as having the right skills and aptitude, in accordance with Value Based Recruitment, (Health Education England, Value Based Recruitment Framework, October 2014) and if selected will need to attend for interview. At interview you will be tested on the values which promote quality care and a positive patient, staff and student experience.

The interview is part of our pre-offer selection day. It will include a discussion based on the core values of the NHS Constitution. International students will undertake their interview via Skype.

All applications should be supported by two references; a template can be accessed at this link, references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly from the referee. It is the applicant's responsibility to request references from their referees.

All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, see further details here.

Health and Enhanced Criminal History Checks
Satisfactory health and enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course. For further information on DBS checks, click here.

The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks. International applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country prior to entry on to the course. A UK DBS check will be required after enrolment.

English Language Requirement: IELTS 7.0 with no skills below 6.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
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Careers

Barry Cullen

Careers

Teaching and learning

Develop the professional skills and abilities of a registered dietitian to deliver high quality patient care and practice within the complex frameworks of accountability, ethical and legal boundaries and the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency workplace.

Develop a critical approach to the holistic management of lifestyle and long term conditions. This involves synthesis and evaluation of: clinical sciences, aetiology of disease, psychological and sociological perspectives, diagnosis and treatment which together with the patient's goals and priorities all inform the tailoring of diet therapy.

This autonomous learning module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your health-related practice within nutrition, environmental health or health promotion.

The first of three practice placements takes place early on in the academic course and aims to introduce you to the work of the dietitian by observing working practices and undertaking practical exercises. During this 3-week work based practice placement, you will complete a workbook consisting of nine tasks in order to achieve six learning outcomes as agreed with Placement providers.

Study a critical and in depth approach to enterprise in public health nutrition. You will do this by taking a population and lifespan based approach to the nutritional needs of individuals/communities and contemporary issues influencing these.

Explore in depth the theory and principles underpinning human nutrition and dietetics. You will study the integration of clinical science, food and nutritional science which informs human nutrition and nutritional requirements together with the sociological and psychological factors that influence food and health.

Gain the theoretical foundation and practical skills required to complete small scale research with the Research and Practice Development module. You will focus on writing a research proposal, learning how to conduct research and how to analyse health-related data prior to undertaking the Research and Practice Development module. Formal recognition and confirmation of the marks awarded for the Research Methods in Nutrition module will be confirmed by Examination Committee at the end of semester 2 of your first year.

Develop a critical approach to dietetic care pathways in relation to acute and chronic disease. You will focus on nutritional assessment, requirements, adaptation of diet, consideration of psycho-social elements and the ethical dilemmas faced in developing the professional skills needed to apply diet therapy.

Critically reflect on and consolidate professional practice as you prepare to develop innovate approaches that improve patient outcomes and enable the delivery of safe nutritional care in a consistent and organised way.

This autonomous learning module provides you with an opportunity to undertake a small scale piece of research and/or development that underpins your health-related practice within nutrition, environmental health or health promotion.

During this 12-week work based practice placement you will continue to apply knowledge and develop skills to achieve nine learning outcomes which are practice based competencies as agreed with Practice Placement providers and in line with HCPC requirements for eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian on successful completion of the course.

During this 13-week work based practice placement you will apply knowledge and develop skills to achieve nine learning outcomes which are practice based competencies as agreed with Placement providers and in line with HCPC requirements for eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian on successful completion of the course.

Dr Sarah Baker
Dr Sarah Baker
Course Director

Dr Sarah Baker is Course Director for Postgraduate Nutrition and Dietetics. She obtained her BSc (Hons) ‘Dietetics’ from Leeds Beckett University followed by her MSc in ‘Health Services Research’ and PhD in ‘Health Sciences’ from York University.

The Nutrition and Dietetics courses at Leeds Beckett University equip students with the academic knowledge and practical experiences necessary to become effective practitioners. The courses are recognised by professional regulatory bodies and upon completion students are eligible to apply for registration. Our overall aim is to encourage students to develop lifelong skills in order to continue their personal and professional development.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Course specific

  • Access to the Nutrition Laboratories which will enable you to develop your practical nutritional skills
  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen that is a well-equipped community living area allowing you to practice first-hand the application of your skills and knowledge

 

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

 

Course-specific essentials

  • When taking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.
  • You will need to buy the Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (PENG) booklet.
  • You will need to pay for the cost of taking the RSPH Food Safety exam and certificate.
  • You will need to pay for your dissertation to be bound and your dissertation poster to be printed.
  • You will need to pay for specified kitchen safety shoes that comply with health and safety regulations.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £14500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Tuition fees

Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.

The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

 

Course specific

  • Access to the Nutrition Laboratories which will enable you to develop your practical nutritional skills
  • Access to the Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen that is a well-equipped community living area allowing you to practice first-hand the application of your skills and knowledge

 

Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

 

Course-specific essentials

  • When taking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.
  • You will need to buy the Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition (PENG) booklet.
  • You will need to pay for the cost of taking the RSPH Food Safety exam and certificate.
  • You will need to pay for your dissertation to be bound and your dissertation poster to be printed.
  • You will need to pay for specified kitchen safety shoes that comply with health and safety regulations.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

 

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Nutrition Laboratories
    Nutrition Laboratories

    Our nutrition labs will allow you to develop your practical nutritional skills.

  • Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen
    Clinical Skills Suite Kitchen

    Make use of our well equipped community living area allowing you to practice first hand the application of your skills and knowledge.

  • Food Inspection Laboratory
    Food Inspection Laboratory

    Our hygienic laboratory can be used to develop practical food specimen inspection skills.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Social learning spaces
    Social learning spaces

    Our social learning spaces typically include PCs, desk space and seating areas, enabling you to study and socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

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