Dietetics and Leadership MSc

 

Course Code

HLST269

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time

Duration

2 years full-time

Start date

January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

Qualify as a dietitian in just two years with this innovative blended learning degree leading to eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • Blended learning allows you to access study materials and attend online classes from home or from the workplace. You will be required to come to Coventry University campus on some occasions throughout the course in order to use Coventry University’s state-of-the-art simulation and teaching facilities4.
  • Put theory into practice with full-time practice-based placements2 as well as simulation and scenario-based learning to create an interactive and inspirational learning experience. 
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • The course will be delivered using an enquiry-based learning approach which allows you to develop an ethical, flexible and creative approach to problem solving in dietetics whilst enabling you to develop a wide range of leadership and academic skills to meet the expanding role and diverse career pathways of dietitians within the contemporary healthcare setting.
  • Simulation will allow the practical development of core knowledge, skills, and behaviours, and will provide you with an authentic learning experience through the use of specialist resources including Coventry University’s hospital wards and therapy suites in a safe and supportive environment. 
  • Leadership skills are embedded throughout the course, enabling you to inspire and guide others towards building and achieving a shared vision to help address a range of diet-related conditions and optimise service users’ health and well-being through diet and lifestyle change.
  • Develop culinary skills at our campus-based kitchens and apply theory of dietary recommendations to practice through menu planning, recipe adaptation, and an exploration of cultural and therapeutic foods.
  • Additional qualifications in food hygiene (Level 2 food safety certificate accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) and leadership (Level 7 certificate in strategic management and leadership practice awarded by the Chartered Management Institute) are included in the course at no extra cost.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited1 and recognised by the following bodies:

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Health and Care Professions Council

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council for the 2022 intake.


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British Dietetic Association (BDA)

This course is accredited by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for the 2022 intake.


Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

As part of this course, you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute for the 2022-23 intake. Upon successful completion of this module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost.



What you'll study

You will gain a thorough understanding of the scientific knowledge relating to nutrition, food, and diet therapy which underpins the management of health, wellness, well-being, and disease. You will examine the approaches that have positive effects on behaviour and enable people to improve their health through diet and lifestyle. You will undertake placements in a range of settings where dietitians work, including clinical and where available non-clinical settings such as within the public health sector which is an approach which the British Dietetic Association recognises is valuable to the profession.

You must pass all modules accumulating 180 credits to be awarded the MSc in Dietetics and Leadership and to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration.

During the first year of the course, you will study the fundamentals of dietetics giving you a firm foundation of the knowledge, skills, and behaviours relevant to the profession which will be developed further in year two. You will use simulation activities and our innovative virtual placement to help prepare you for and undertake practice-based placements. These practice-based placements are mandatory and all practice-based placement capabilities must be passed in order to be eligible to apply to register as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Modules

  • This module will enable you to apply scientific knowledge and communication techniques to the delivery of dietetic interventions. You will use an evidenced- based approach to the treatment of disease and the promotion of well-being for individuals, groups and populations. You will be taught the pathophysiology relating to nutrition, diet therapy and food culture, recipe adaptation and cooking skills in relation to dietetic interventions. The principles of leadership will be embedded throughout the module by the development of personal qualities and team and networking capabilities.

    Compulsory

  • Throughout this module you will develop and integrate themes of professionalism, leadership and ethical practice pertaining to dietetics. You will explore the principles of the ethical management of patients including sustainability and inclusivity. You will also explore current issues in dietetic professional practice both nationally and globally including an examination of leadership and diversity within the profession. You will consider the concept of emotional intelligence through the lens of leadership, team-working and power.

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    Compulsory

  • You will develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the science of human nutrition and metabolism across the lifecycle. This will be achieved by exploring and considering the role of individual nutrients and the diet as a whole in the maintenance of good health as well as by evaluating the methods of dietary assessment. You will also consider the concepts of nutrient and dietary adequacy across different stages of the lifecycle which will enable you to evaluate dietary intake. National and global nutrient and/or dietary guidelines will be discussed and applied to the different stages of the lifecycle which will enable you to assess the adequacy of dietary intake based on guidelines.

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    Compulsory

  • During this module you will be introduced to the importance of communication in healthcare practice. You will examine how dietitians use different communication strategies and you will be given an opportunity to observe and develop your own communication skills. If you are new to healthcare settings you will develop an awareness of how to engage in successful communication opportunities.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to support you in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and behaviours to support dietetic practice. You will be taught principles of dietetics assessment, and you will have an opportunity to consolidate this learning with simulation. Dietary management of conditions likely to be encountered on practice placement will be discussed and you will learn the application of behaviour change theory. Reflection will be used to support the development of your communication and professional skills and attributes. You will undertake the virtual Placement A1 within the module allowing you to apply your learning in a simulated dietetic environment.

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    Compulsory

  • In this module, you will further develop your communication skills and ability to reflect on your practice. You will continue to use behaviour change theory and the technique of motivational interviewing when facilitating dietary interventions in more complex scenarios. You will understand the importance of professionalism and the skills and attributes required by a dietitian to ensure safe and effective practice. There will be an emphasis on the importance of allied health professional leadership being a vital component in shaping patient care and future health systems. As part of this module you will undertake Placement A2 which is a two-week placement in a setting which will allow you to explore the important role of leadership for the dietetic profession. The placement may be also be tailored to your career aspirations and interests.

     

    Compulsory

  • This module includes full-time virtual and simulated placement experiences and a 10-week practice-based placement  The practice-based placement is mandatory and all practice-based placement capabilities must be passed in order to be eligible to apply to register as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

    Compulsory

In year two, you will further develop your knowledge, skills, and behaviours of dietetic practice specifically focusing on leadership and research. You will also undertake a further practice-based placement to consolidate and demonstrate your competence in satisfying the dietetic placement capabilities. The practice-based placement is mandatory and all practice-based placement capabilities must be passed in order to be eligible to apply to register as a dietitian with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Modules

  • During this module you will explore relevant aspects of research methodologies and designs for dietetic practice to enable you to plan for and apply research to relevant settings. You will cover the principles and strategies for evidence-informed practice to enable you to apply and critique a wide range of sources of evidence to inform dietetic reasoning and decision making.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way. You will explore the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, and approaches to developing better equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and practices that can be used creatively within a leadership role in different types of organisational scenarios. You will reflect on your personal learning and development needs and how you work with others, from an ethical and professional standpoint. Students who successfully complete this module will be awarded Foundation Chartered Manager status and be able to use the designation ‘fCMgr’ after their name.

    Compulsory

  • This module includes a full-time 12-week practice-based placement in a setting where registered dietitians work. Placement C aims to enable you to build on the confidence, knowledge and skills developed through Placement B in order to become competent in translating theory into practice, communicating effectively with service users and healthcare professionals, managing time and workload efficiently, and demonstrating professionalism. Upon successful completion of Placement C you are expected to competently and independently work at the level of a newly qualified registered dietitian.

    Compulsory

  • In this module you will undertake an in-depth individual study or service improvement project in area of interest which is relevant to your practice. The project will be supervised but independently undertaken, enabling you to apply the leaderships skills required for project management. Within the module you will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of the research process or service improvement process including ethical, theoretical and methodological issues associated with your particular subject. Ethical approval must be obtained before any research is conducted.

    Compulsory

All placement modules must be passed in order to be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

The course will be delivered utilising a blended learning approach which gives you the flexibility to access learning at home or at the workplace, as well as being able to take advantage of the simulation and teaching facilities that Coventry University has to offer.

You will learn though a combination of on-line lessons, discussions and simulation activity and some on-campus teaching at Coventry University campus for practical sessions.

You will be part of a supportive community of staff and fellow students who interact extensively to ensure you develop the communication and collaboration skills required in the profession.

You will be able to use our campus-based kitchens to apply the theory of dietary recommendations and dietary modification to practice.


Teaching contact hours

The amount of time you will spend learning will differ in each semester. You will mostly learn online with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching but will be required to come to Coventry University campus at times during the course.

Practice-based placements are full-time and will normally be Monday to Friday lasting approximately 35 hours per week.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

A mix of assessment types is used to maximise opportunities for a rich learning experience.

In practice, dietitians are required to demonstrate a high level of clinical reasoning, communication, service development and leadership skills. They are also required to articulate these decisions in a variety of formats such as written reports, presentations, and digital media. The assessment strategy is therefore designed to reflect these demands.


International experience opportunities

You may have, where available, the opportunity to take part in Collaborative Online International Learning activities where you will work with students from other universities to collectively explore and evaluate nutrition and dietetic related problems. You will be able to explore and discuss how students in other countries approach issues in a different way, and perhaps be able to apply some of these techniques to your own practice.

You will be able to examine cuisines, lifestyles, values, and behaviours from different cultures as part of the course to enrich your critical and evaluative dietetic reasoning and skills as well as to enhance your critical understanding of dietetic practice.

This innovative course has been designed to help learners achieve their aspirations of becoming a dietitian and to deal with the dynamic demands within the profession. This course has been structured around an enquiry-based learning approach to allow for an authentic learning experience and to ensure leadership skills and qualities are embedded throughout. During the course, critical thinking and reflection are encouraged in order to develop not only your dietetic practice as an autonomous healthcare practitioner but also the wider profession and to consider the role of leadership and professionalism within dietetics.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a health or science related subject.

Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the Course Director.

GCSE English and Maths at grades A*-C or 9-4.

All offers are subject to satisfactory occupational health clearance, a criminal record check via Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent for non-UK residents. For international students, if you are offered a place, the International Office will send you instructions about how to complete your DBS check, including a link to the UK Home office DBS website.

Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The university is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.

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Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:2 or above) in a health or science related subject. Applications from candidates with relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the Course Director.

GCSE English and Maths at grades A*-C or 9-4.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

All offers are subject to satisfactory occupational health clearance, a criminal record check via Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or equivalent for non-UK residents. For international students, if you are offered a place, the International Office will send you instructions about how to complete your DBS check, including a link to the UK Home office DBS website.

Satisfactory health clearance and enhanced criminal record disclosure is also required. As part of the health clearance checks you will be required to provide information about your immunity and vaccination status. You will also be required to provide information about your COVID-19 vaccination status. We therefore recommend that you are fully vaccinated including the COVID-19 vaccine. The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility to go on placement(s). Placements are provided at the placement provider’s discretion. The University is therefore unable to guarantee the provision of placements or the location and type of placement offered.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Not available
International £16,950 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

You will have access to a range of facilities4 including campus-based kitchens and the healthcare simulation building.

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The Library

The Lanchester Library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.

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Jaguar Centre

Our refurbished Jaguar Centre has been specifically designed to provide facilities and services to support our postgraduate students including: social spaces, computer suites and separate areas for small group study.

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TheHub

TheHub is the centre of student campus life. It's also home to: The Health and Wellbeing Centre, The Spirituality and Faith Centre, The Tank Studio, The Careers and Add+vantage Office and the Enterprise Hub.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of this course you will meet the requirements to apply to the HCPC for registration as a dietitian and apply for roles working in the profession in a variety of settings including the health service.

Once registered with the HCPC, you will be well prepared to apply for roles as a dietitian either within the health service or privately. You could also consider working in industry or in media.


How to apply

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    2UK and international opportunities

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    3Tuition fees

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    4Facilities

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