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PgDip/MSc Dietetics

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- The MSc/ PgDip Dietetics course is well established, extremely popular, well respected throughout the profession and has good graduate employability rates.
- The teaching team includes five registered dietitians who have strong links with the dietetic profession both within Scotland and across the UK.
- The university’s clinically relevant research along with the broad range of experience of the teaching team ensures that the course remains current.

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This course is for graduates of biological sciences who want to extend their studies into the professional field of dietetics. Dietetics is the management of diseases that are amenable to dietary intervention and the prevention of nutrition related disorders. A dietitian influences food selection and eating behaviour of an individual based on specific nutritional or food requirements.

With a clinical and health promotion focus, this course includes three blocks of integrated practice placements of 4, 12 and 12 weeks duration within a hospital and/or primary care setting.

NB Applications for this course are no longer being taken for September 2016 entry. Applications for 2017 entry are expected to open in October 2016.

EXIT AWARDS: PgDip (120 credits)/ MSc (180 credits)

Delivery: At QMU and on placement

Single Modules: Register as an associate student to study some single modules in areas of interest - this does not lead to admission to the course as a whole

Duration: Full-time: 1 year, 7 months (PgDip)/ 1 year, 10 months (MSc)

Start date: September

Application deadline: 31 January

Teaching, learning and assessment: The emphasis is on student-centredlearning where your previous knowledge and skills are used to develop your new subject area. Learning activities include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes and are guided using web-based supported materials.

You will also attend three practical placements to enable the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience. A variety of assessment methods are used across the course. Normally, there are 12-15 students on this course. This ensures that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from
sharing their experiences with classmates.

Teaching hours and attendance: Each module is equivalent to a notional 150 hours of work which is made up of attendance in class and independent work. The structure of each module is different with different attendance requirements for each timetabled module. Over an average semester the expectation is that during 14 weeks of teaching this will equate to approx. 40 hours per week of student effort (contact classes plus independent study time) Students normally complete the programme via a full time route but part-time routes are available and can be discussed with the Programme Leader. All placements are completed on a full-time basis normally Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.

Links with industry/professional bodies: This course provides eligibility to apply for registration as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council. It is also accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

A good honours degree (normally an upper second class or above) that includes significant emphasis on human physiology and biochemistry. An application should illustrate what has been done by the applicant to research, and understand more, about the role of a dietitian.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 7.0 and no individual component score below 6.5.

Criminal records check: A satisfactory criminal records check will be required.

Home/EU - full-time: £8500 per year

Home/EU - full-time, dissertation: £950

International - full-time: £15990 per year

International - full-time dissertation: £2760

Scholarships: - More information about scholarships for international students

Funding Information for International Students:
Visit the International section of the website.

Course Fees:
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Graduates of the University who hold a verified QMU undergraduate or postgraduate award and who are admitted to a postgraduate award of QMU will be eligible for a 10% discount on the published fees.

Sources of Funding:
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15 credits: Food and Nutrition/ Principles of Nutrition Science/ Clinical Sciences/ Therapeutic Interventions/ Professional Studies/ Professional Practice/ Evaluation of Practice/ Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics.

You will also carry out practice placements, which you must pass but which do not carry any credit.

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (June 16), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Career prospects on completion of the course are varied. Most graduates normally choose to work within the NHS as dietitians. Others will work in health education, health promotion, general practice, private healthcare and government advisory posts. Opportunities also exist in the food and pharmaceutical industries in, for example: food labelling; nutrient profiling; product and recipe development; product evaluation and special diet foods. Some graduates may apply for the opportunity to study for a higher degree (MPhil or PhD).

Case study: Lisa Williams, MSc Dietetics

I really enjoyed biology at school and after I left, I went to the University of Durham to do a BSc in Biology. When I graduated, I knew that I wanted to go on to study dietetics, but due to personal reasons I remained in Durham for a year where I worked in a luxury hotel as part of the food and beverage team, while applying for and waiting to begin the dietetics course. Part of the application process for the dietetics course required gaining some insight into the role of a dietitian.

Having enjoyed the modules in my biology degree which looked at the biochemical changes that occur during illnesses and the mechanisms behind metabolic diseases, I was keen to progress my career in the area of dietetics. I also had a personal interest in the area as I have had type 1 diabetes since the age of 11 which I had to learn to control through diet and medication. It was clear that dietitians played a significant part in my care and I found it very fascinating. For me,
I saw dietetics as a career that would allow me to combine my interest in science with a wish to help people.

QMU is one of only a few places in the UK to offer an MSc Dietetics and because I had family close by, it seemed a great choice for me. I had also heard from dietitians through my work experience that the QMU course was excellent.

I really enjoyed the course, particularly the opportunity to go on clinical placements.

I went on one in Aberdeen, one in Edinburgh and one in Dundee - my favourite as it was in a large, acute hospital. Module-wise, I really enjoyed ‘Therapeutic Interventions’ where we learned all about the dietetic process and how to assess and treat patients, covering a wide range of clinical conditions and working through patient scenarios.

The support at QMU was really good. All the lecturers are friendly and approachable, and a personal tutor was always on hand to help with any problems. The support that I received during my final project was great. My supervisors even helped me submit abstracts of my work to the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) with the possibility of presenting them at a big malnutrition conference which was a great opportunity.

On graduation, I was immediately offered a job as a dietitian at a large, acute hospital in Cambridge where I have been working since. I work across the hospital in a vast variety of wards as well as covering outpatient clinics and cardiac rehabilitation sessions. I really love working here and I have great training opportunities in a wide range of different clinical areas. I enjoyed the acute hospital work most on my placements so working here is just right for me.

I am very glad I chose to do this course to enable me to get this job. In order to work as a dietitian you need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council which you can only do if you complete a course which confers eligibility to register with them, which this one does.



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Jacklyn Jones
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