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Eating Disorders
Postgraduate course
PG Cert

Eating Disorders

International Scholarships available


If you are already a practitioner working in a health or mental health role, this course will deepen your knowledge of supporting people with complex mental health issues that involve eating disorders. You will explore contemporary nutritional, physiological and psychological perspectives and you will learn cognitive behavioural approaches to therapeutic treatment in this area.

By studying alongside fellow professionals from the fields of occupational therapy, counselling, psychology, nursing and dietetics, you will appreciate how a multi-professional team can work together to provide effective care. Your classes will be taught by academics from across these disciplines and you will be encouraged to critically reflect on your own practice, ensuring you have a solid understanding and appreciation of the benefits of holistic treatment.

You will graduate with a recognised qualification and an increased confidence in delivering best-practice care for those living with an eating disorder.

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.
You will be taught by experts who practice in the field, including course leader Ursula Philpot, former Chair of The British Dietetic Association's Mental Health Group and who has appeared as the on-screen dietitian for the Channel 4 series Supersize vs Superskinny.

We provide you with a great environment for networking - an opportunity to talk with your peers in healthcare, share ideas and learn. You'll also have access to our Communications Suite, allowing you to try out and get feedback on your developing practical skills.

Because you'll be studying at the same time as working, you'll be able to go back to your workplace and apply your learning straight away.

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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Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Science or Health Care including; Clinical Sciences, Biomedical Science, Sports & Exercise, Nutrition, Psychology, Nursing or Medicine, a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment.

Please note that applicants would normally be expected to be working in a related role.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language are required to have IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6.0 or an equivalent award.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

6.5 with no skill below 6.0.
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.


Kerry Nicholls


Kerry Nicholls
Dietitian Pinderfields Hospital

PG Dip Dietetics

“It's the work placements I did on my course that really made the difference to my career. The University helped me make the right career choice and I can now draw on my knowledge to help people who are experiencing nutritional problems.

Teaching and learning

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You will develop your understanding of the nutritional, physiological, psychological and psychosocial facets of eating disorders. You will evaluate current practice and reflect on your own skills in these areas.

You will develop core skills in CBT techniques, and learn how to apply these through peer feedback and case study assessment.

By evaluating information from a variety of sources, you will formulate innovative, low intensity psychological treatment interventions that can be used with your clients.

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Ursula Philpot
Senior Lecturer
Ursula has a significant professional background in dietetics and eating disorders in both public and private settings. She currently co-runs her own private practice clinic in Leeds, treating clients with a range of eating difficulties. With an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, she is a passionate and experienced academic who has contributed research papers to a number of professional conferences and journals.
The course is led and taught by a range of highly specialist staff who are postgraduate qualified, working within the field, research active and contribute nationally to NICE, Clinical Reference Group, QED, MARSIPAN and RCP publications. Students study areas of eating disorders that interest them, contribute to their CPD and support them in getting positions within the field.
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Fees & funding

Studying part-time gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace. Because of this, our tuition fees are calculated using credit points. Each module you study has a credit point value. Most taught postgraduate modules have a credit point value of 20. The tuition fee for students entering in in 2017/18 on this course is £1080 for each 20 credit point module. For modules with a different credit point value their cost can be calculated by multiplying the credit value of the module by the cost per credit point of £54. The amount you will pay may increase each year in line with inflation.
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Part-time rates for international students are not automatically displayed as there are specific visa requirements which generally limit students to study in the UK on a full-time basis. Should you wish to query your visa status you can contact Tier4 Compliance@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. If you are able to study on a part-time basis please contact fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information on course fees.


  • 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.

  • Clinical Skills Suite
    Clinical Skills Suite

    The £1 million suite has been designed to meet the learning needs of a range of health professionals, with specialist equipment in purpose-built rooms enabling a variety of sessions to be carried out in a suitable and safe environment.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.


City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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