Postgraduate Taught

PgDip/ MSc Advancing Practice in Dietetics

In the Academic year of 2020-21 the Division of Dietetics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Radiography (DPPR) is launching an exciting, educationally and practice relevant award pathway in Dietetics.

This award pathway will be of interest to any individual who wishes to advance their practice in the area of Dietetics.

The Dietetics pathway is one of a number of pathways offered within our multi-professional Advancing Practice in Health Framework.

Why QMU?

We offer a collaborative multi-professional online learning environment. Learning and assessment are underpinned by current research and the evolving landscape of health and wellbeing.

Additional support is available for those new to or returning to Masters level study.

Course overview

The Dietetic award pathway is based on a model of collaborative multi-professional learning aligned to expectations of the four pillars of advanced practice (Clinical Practice, Leadership, Education and Research). There are learning opportunities in areas such as fundamentals of advancing practice, critical analysis, evaluation and research methodologies, as well as a number of more specific modules. The Framework also offers opportunities to draw on expertise across the University such as business management, leadership, social science and education.

The Dietetic pathway aims to foster and develop QMU’s vision of ideas and influence and its mission of cultivating intellectual capital with both a theoretical and practical focus. Learning and teaching is underpinned by research, evidence and scholarship against a background of the current and evolving political and social landscape for health and wellbeing.

Exit awards

To gain an Advancing Practice in Dietetics MSc you will need a 180 credits and complete the following:

  • Advancing Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)
  • Enquiry based practice (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of advancing practice (20 credits)
  • Delivering impact in practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

To gain an Advancing Practice in Dietetics PG Diploma you will need 120 credits and complete the following:

  • Advancing Competencies I & II (20/40 credits)
  • Delivering impact in practice (20 credits)
  • Enquiry based practice (20 credits)
  • Optional module (20 credits)

To gain an Advancing Practice in Health PG Cert you will need 60 credits of any framework approved modules.


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc (180 credits) or a PgDip (120 credits).

You can also register as an associate student and study up to two single modules.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course offers flexibility in modes of study (part time, full time, work place) that are responsive to individual needs and today’s culture of work and learning.

All modules are delivered online and can be studied from a distance.

Teaching hours and attendance

No on-campus attendance is required at QMU and course material is delivered entirely online.


Advancing competencies I & II (20/40 credits): These modules enable you to attain pre-agreed work place competencies and to critically evaluate the evidence base underpinning your selected area of Dietetics.

Delivering impact in practice (20 credits): This module will enable learners to advance their practice by demonstrating sustainable impact in practice at a service, project or community level

Dissertation (60 credits): This module enables learners to develop and apply the skills of research and enquiry to produce original work which contributes to a subject, field or profession.

Enquiry based practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with an understanding of research principles, methodologies and analysis.

Fundamentals of Advancing practice (20 credits): This module will provide you with critical knowledge and understanding of advanced practice.

Optional module (20 credits): choice of framework approved module (see Framework page for further information).

The modules listed above are correct at time of posting (May 2020) but are subject to change.

Single module study

Available. Register as an associate student to study up to two single modules in areas of interest. Contact Dr Sara Smith for further information.




This course will provide learners with enhanced career progression opportunities in leadership roles or within their specialist field of practice.

Class sizes

You will join a multi-professional online community of learners.

Entry requirements

Honours degree or equivalent in Dietetics.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Some modules require individuals to be working in the specific area of practice and/or have access to a suitable workplace setting along with the support of a line manager and work place mentor.

Professional registration

Framework awards do not lead to UK registration with the HCPC or the right to practice within the UK, but aim to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development.

Application deadline


More information and contacts

Please note: 

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).