Nutritional Therapy PGDip / MSc
What makes Nutritional Therapy at Worcester special?
This is an innovative, evidence based and flexible taught postgraduate programme. It has both full and part time options and will develop your knowledge and skills to practice as a Nutritional Therapist in the UK, or to equip you to work in the field of applied nutrition.
These skills will enable you to provide nutrition, nutraceutical and lifestyle advice to clients using evidence based approach.
Full and part time options enable you to fit study around work and family life.
The Post Graduate Diploma and MSc courses are accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission.
On completion of the course students are able to apply for registration with The Complementary and Natural Health care Council (CNHC) and to become full members of The British Association of Applied Nutritional and Nutritional Therapy (BANT)
You can develop clinical experience in our excellent teaching facilities in the McClelland Centre with our practitioner clinic assessors who bring with them a wide scope of experience and expertise.
What qualifications will you need?
A first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. This should include knowledge of fundamental human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.
An undergraduate access module in nutrition and health is available for those with a higher education qualification that does not meet our entry requirements. In this case, passing this module at an appropriate level may be an additional entry requirement for the course.
The IELTS score required for international applicants is 7, with a minimum of 6.5 in each area. Other English Language qualifications will be considered.
You will also need a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, email systems and the use of the internet. However if you do not have these skills the University will be able to help you.
The course team is committed to the University of Worcester’s aim of widening participation in higher education
Additional selection criteria
You will need to provide a satisfactory academic reference (or satisfactory reference from a current employer).
In your personal statement you should also address the following;
- Demonstrate that you are aware of the demands of studying at Postgraduate level
- Explain your interest and motivation for studying this subject at this level.
- Provide evidence of your IT skills such as use of Microsoft Office applications, use of email, internet searching.
All applications will be considered on their merit and a short informal telephone interview will be held after application.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applications for recognition of prior learning, or prior experiential learning, will be considered and will be assessed using the University of Worcester RPL guidance for postgraduate courses (link). Normally this would only apply to NUTH4011 Studying Nutrition and Postgraduate level.
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What will you study?
Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.
You will study four 20 credit modules in semester 1 and two further 20 credit modules and start the dissertation in semester 2 and clinic practice in semester 1 of the second year.
You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation and 9 months to complete clinical practice.
You will study two 20 credit modules in each semester in the first year. In the second year, you will take two 20 credit modules in semester 1 and start the dissertation and clinical practice in semester 2.
You have up to 12 months to complete the dissertation and 9 months to complete the clinical practice.
An additional Access module in Nutrition and Health is available in September each year if you don’t have a background in physiology, cell biology and biochemistry.
For more information on module options and teaching dates see the 2017/2018 academic timetable.
Teaching and Assessment
How will you be taught?
Each of the five theory modules is delivered in about eight weeks using a blended learning approach which includes clinical role plays (link to video) . This involves you attending around six study days on campus in two or three day blocks which are usually on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In between study blocks you will work at home on directed reading and assignment preparation supported by our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and individual tutorials.
Study days are usually from 10.15- 7.15 and include a number of different sessions including lectures, seminars, group work, workshops, shared lunches, role plays and discussions.
The clinic practice module involves six days teaching spread over two months and will again include case study role plays; after the first three day teaching you will be able to start to see a range of clients and be assessed against the National Occupational Standards (link) for nutritional therapy
Modules are assessed by a variety of different types of assignment. These include case studies, reports, reflection, production of an information leaflet, critique of research papers and a final dissertation. In each module students are able to submit some preliminary work for feedback prior to their final submission.
Meet the team
Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:
Alison was a practitioner for 15 years and has a range of experience that includes working with clients who have had breast cancer.
She in is involved in the accreditation process for nutritional therapy courses, chair of the NTEC training providers forum and has also recently been involved in an NTEC initiated project exploring graduate destinations of nutritional therapists.
Jane has a background in biology and physiology and has an interest in nutrigenomics and in research methods in nutrition.
She is currently studying for a PhD looking at the impact of a lifestyle intervention for women who have had breast cancer.
Justine is CNHC registered and has worked part time in practice since 2003 and is a member of the NTEC accreditation committee. She is progressing a PhD, has just edited a book on integrative approaches to infertility and currently has a writing residency in care homes.
Her research interests include the management of food sensitivities, coeliac disease, gluten and non-coeliac disease as well as auto immune conditions.
Where could it take you?
Can I practice as a Nutritional Therapists with this qualification?
As a UK resident you can register to practice Nutritional Therapy once you have completed this course and achieved the National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy. You can then apply for registration with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC). The CNHC provide the UK voluntary register for complementary therapists, which is also an approved accredited register by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for health and social care.
You will also be able to become a full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
If you are intending to practice outside the UK’s geographical boundaries it is your responsibility to identify requirements for practice and to ensure that you comply with the country’s regulations. It may be possible for students practicing outside the UK that can demonstrate appropriate insurance cover to apply to register with the CNHC.
What are the career opportunities after completion of the course?
Possible careers for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc in Nutritional Therapy:
- Nutritional Therapy Practitioners in private sector, healthcare, health clubs, health food stores or support groups.
- Nutrition journalism or other fields within the media.
- Nutritional advisors or project managers in private or public health practices or NHS.
- Food writers.
- Health product sales.
- Working within the education sector as a lecturer of nutrition and nutritional therapy related subjects.
- Research into applied nutrition / nutritional therapy.
- Health promotion within existing practice.
In addition, a postgraduate qualification in Nutritional Therapy is a valuable, complementary tool for those working with clients in the wider health arena.
For more information visit http://www.bant.org.uk.
How much will it cost?
Full-time tuition fees
The full-time fee for 2017/18 is £6,700. This represents the cost of the entire programme.
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
Part-time tuition fees
The part-time fees for 2017/18 are: £600 for 20 credit modules; £1,200 for the Dissertation (40 credits); £2,100 for Clinic (20 credits).
For more details, please visit our course fees page.
The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.
For full details visit our postgraduate loans page.
How do you apply?
Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or firstname.lastname@example.org