Birmingham City University Dietetics

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Birmingham City University Dietetics

Dietetics - MSc

As the only qualified health professionals to assess, diagnose and deliver interventions for diet and nutrition-related problems, there has never been a greater demand for qualified, knowledgeable dietitians to contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and the wider public. Our new MSc in Dietetics will provide you with the knowledge, skills and professional approach needed for practice in a contemporary healthcare environment.

*The course is subject to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval.

What’s covered in the course?

On this postgraduate degree in Dietetics, you will gain knowledge in food science, applied nutrition, clinical pathology and pharmacology, social science and therapeutic dietetics. Development of key skills, including communication, research and professionalism will enable you to become a compassionate and competent practitioner who can deliver effective, evidence-based and quality-driven care. You’ll learn in specially built clinical skills rooms, with specialist space so you can get the best training possible.

Why Choose Us?

  • The alignment with our new undergraduate sports, nutrition and biomedical sciences courses offers you a unique opportunity to gain a sound knowledge of the underpinning scientific principles and contemporary research relevant to your practice
  • Successful completion of the MSc Dietetics confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • You will build your knowledge through a combination of academic and practice placement learning opportunities, Blocks of practice placements – covering both traditional and emerging environments, will enable you to be work ready for a diverse range of dietetic career opportunities
  • You will be taught in a small cohort by specialist lecturers who work within the sector and can provide relevant, up-to-date information alongside real life case studies
  • We work in partnership with service users and carers to inform the design of the programme as well as involving them in aspects of delivery, enabling you to directly interact with, and learn from, service users and carers
  • You will develop effective team working and communication skills through inter-professional learning, projects and placements enabling you to facilitate group education and to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • You will learn about business and innovation alongside clinical and health promotion topics, helping you to become an effective practitioner within the ever-changing healthcare environment
  • You will study in our latest development, the £41 million home for the School of Health Sciences, where you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge resources including mock clinical environments and online simulation learning

Entry Requirements

UK students

You must have an Honours degree with a 2:1 or above which includes the study of human physiology and biochemistry (including cell biology, concepts of cell theory, an understanding of the fundamentals of biological chemistry; key biochemical molecules and their role in cellular activities; physiological processes at the organ and systems level)

Suitable degrees include; biomedical science, human nutrition, nutritional science, biochemistry, human biology, physiology or health sciences.

Please note, we may need to ask to see your undergraduate degree transcript and in some cases, will request further details about the content of individual modules.

You must also have GCSEs (or equivalent) in mathematics and English at grade C or above.

International students

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with no element below 6.5.

Other requirements

DBS Disclosure: satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) report

Occupational Health Clearance: satisfactory occupational health clearance

A strong interest in working as a registered dietitian, with a demonstrated understanding of the role and the skills required to be a registered practitioner. It may be advantageous to have work experience in a care environment

Accreditation for Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L)

Accreditation for Prior (Experiential) learning (AP(E)L) is a process by which individuals can gain credit towards qualifications based on past achievements. This can be gained either through formal study – Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) or by learning through experience – Accreditation of Prio Experiential Learning (APEL). Claims for accreditation should, where possible, be made prior to enrolment in the programme. Claims cannot be considered after the first six weeks of each stage of the programme. The responsibility for making the claim and providing the evidence rests with the applicant.

It is important to be aware that any application for APL credit in respect of postgraduate studies must be based on prior learning or experience at a suitably advanced level. This means that it is not normally possible to accredit prior learning at undergraduate level, even if the content may appear similar. Accreditation can be for entry onto a programme or credit for (s) within a programme.

There are University Regulations which govern the amount of credit which can be allowed for any award. Therefore, in some cases, credit cannot be given even though you can provide evidence of appropriate prior learning. Staff in the Personal Development Department (PDD) will be able to advise on this: Tel: 0121 331 7011.