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Nutritional Therapy PGDip / MSc

This flexible taught programme will develop the knowledge and skills needed to practice as UK Nutritional Therapist or to work in the field of applied nutrition. Current research provides strong evidence that good nutrition is fundamental to health.

Students will develop high-quality theoretical and practical skills that will enable them to provide nutritional, nutraceutical and lifestyle advice using an evidence based approach.

You may also be interested in our Diet, Nutrition and Health PGCert/PGDip/MSc and Nutrition and Health Therapy Access module.

The Clinic

The University's Nutritional Therapy Teaching Clinic, commended by NTEC for exemplary clinical teaching, runs most Fridays in term time and one Saturday a month. This offers excellent learning opportunities for students. For more details visit the Clinic's web pages and the Facebook page.

Open day

We will be at the Open Day on Sunday 26 June. Come along to meet the team and look around our facilities.

Get in touch

If you have any further enquiries we are very happy to talk to you, answer emails or show you round. Please contact admissions tutor Alison Benbow a.benbow@worc.ac.uk or 01905 542205.   

Download the provisional 2016/17 part-time timetable.
Download the provisional 2016/17 full-time timetable.
Download the course leaflet.

Postgraduate loans

New loans for Masters degrees are being introduced for students commencing their studies in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about postgraduate loans.

Factfile

Admissions

The course team is committed to the University of Worcester's aim of widening participation in higher education. 

The course actively encourages applications from a wide range of individuals who wish to study at postgraduate level.  This includes professionals from the healthcare services and therapists in complementary and alternative medicine, the voluntary sector and others interested in studying nutritional therapy at an advanced level, in addition to those with first degrees in a nutrition related subject.

The course starts in October 2016.


Entry requirements

The entry requirements are:

• A first or second class honours degree in a relevant discipline. This should include knowledge of fundamental human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.

• An access module is available for those with a higher education qualification that does not meet the entry requirements.

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. For more information please click here.

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. Please contact Firstpoint via http://www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/firstpoint.html for more information.

All applications will be considered on their merits.

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. Normally this would only apply to NUTH4011 Studying Nutrition at Postgraduate Level.


How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 or pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk

Nutritional Therapy MSc

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Nutritional Therapy PGDip

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Preparatory reading

If you wish to do some relevant reading, the British Nutrition Foundation web site has excellent resources available on its website, especially under 'nutrition science' and 'publications': http://www.nutrition.org.uk/

The British Nutrition Foundation's journal, Nutrition Bulletin, also has excellent articles that are a good starting point for general reading about nutrition: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-3010


Finance

For details of tuition fees etc, please consult the University of Worcester tuition fees document.

Career development loans are available for postgraduate study and some students may qualify for financial assistance from Access funds. For further information please visit our Figure out Finance pages.

Get in touch

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Alison Benbow
Admissions Tutor
01905 542205
a.benbow@worc.ac.uk


Course

How do we teach?

The course starts in October with full and part time options available. Some modules are shared with the MSc Diet, Nutrition and Health pathway.

All pathways run as blended learning - each module equates to 200 hours of study with approximately 36-40 hours attendance on campus during the module blocks. The remainder is made up of work you do at home with support from our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard).

Module blocks are normally six days and normally run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 day block followed approximately two weeks later with a 3 day block, plus a study day.


MSc Nutritional Therapy

This course can be completed full time in 18 months to 24 months, and part time between 3 and 4 years.

Accredited by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (reaccreditation due November 2016), this innovative course has been developed in response to the growing demand for high quality theoretical and practical skills provision in nutritional therapy.

The course will enable practitioners to provide nutritional advice through the use of food as a therapeutic tool, along with nutraceutical recommendations, functional testing and lifestyle advice.

The underlying philosophy is centred on the uniqueness of the individual and the importance of involving people in their own health management, within a background of evidence-based practice and research. Research provides strong evidence that nutrition is of fundamental importance to health.

The course follows the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission's core Curriculum http://www.nteducationcommission.org.uk/trainers-1_17_3240151082.pdf and the skills for health National Occupational Standards CNH1, 2 8 and 9 www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

The course enables you to become a member of BANT (http://www.bant.org.uk/) and apply for registration with CNHC http://www.cnhc.org.uk/

For more information about the role of Nutritional Therapy/dietician/Nutritionist visit: http://www.bant.org.uk        

Graduate careers advice is available at: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/nutritional_therapist_job_description.htm

Other criteria for the Nutritional Therapy course include:

1. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (Enhanced Disclosure) Police Check (appropriate form sent from Registry Admissions to students prior to entry onto the course).
2. Satisfactory Medical Questionnaire (appropriate form sent from Registry Admissions to students prior to entry onto the course).
3. Student membership of BANT (application form provided at start of course).
4. University of Worcester  Fitness to Practice criteria met (assessed at certain times within the course and during clinical practice).
5. One day First Aid in the workplace Certificate (1 day)
6. Student insurance.       
Where a cost is involved in any of the above it will be funded by the student.

I am an CNHC registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Do I need to repeat clinical practice?

If you are already CNHC registered you do not need to repeat supervised clinical practice , however you will need to complete the academic module assessment which may be based on your own independant clinical practice. This will need to include evidence of acheivement of the Nutritional Therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS). The fee for this is £580 (2016/17 price).

For more infomration follow the links

NTEC (http://www.nteducationcommission.org.uk/ )
CNHC (http://www.cnhc.org.uk/)
Skills for Health (http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ )
BANT (http://www.bant.org.uk )


Postgraduate Diploma in Nutritional Therapy

This course can be completed full-time in 18 months and part-time in 2-3 years.

This course is accredited by the Nutritional Education Commission and will enable you to practice as a Nutritional Therapist - see the Nutritional Therapy MSc section above for more details.


Modules

Modules

Postgraduate Diploma Modules

NUTH4011 (20 credits) Studying Nutrition at postgraduate level
This module seeks to provide a springboard to postgraduate nutrition programmes. Students will join the module from a wide variety of backgrounds and each will be able to identify their own areas of strength and also areas of knowledge and skills for development. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their physiological, biochemical and nutritional knowledge. They will be able to practice the skills of using technical language, critical thinking and analysis and to apply them to nutrition. The module introduces the concepts of reflection and personal development planning in order to develop the student as a life-long learner. With its emphasis on searching the literature and learning to read critically, it enables the student to raise their level of critical thinking and academic writing to that required for level 7 study.

NUTH 4012 (20 credits) Nutritional Assessment
This module aims to review the theory and practice of methods of assessment of dietary intake and nutritional status. It also explores the complexity of interactions between food intake, absorption, nutrient status, physiological functions and health through a consideration of case studies. It provides a detailed theoretical understanding of digestive physiology and carbohydrate metabolism.

NUTH 4013(20 credits) Nutritional improvement
This module aims to explore ways of improving nutritional status of individuals and populations including those with a range of health problems though a consideration of evidence-based nutritional interventions and guidance. It will include consideration of compliance and behaviour change theories, effective communication and critical evaluation of the therapeutic applications of commonly used nutritional supplements

NUTH 4014(20 credits) Integrated approaches to Nutritional Therapy
This module will introduce the concept of person centred nutritional approaches. This will include integrated approaches and a critical evaluation of their role in case analysis and design of interventions to meet therapeutic goals. Safe and effective nutraceutical protocols will be developed to complement dietary and lifestyle interventions.

NUTH 4015(20 credits) Nutrition though the lifespan
This module enables the student to develop an understanding of the physical and psychological changes associated with life stages and their impact on health. It also considers the aetiology, development and progression of a range of health conditions across the lifespan. Students will explore the impact of nutritional and lifestyle interventions for a range of conditions.

NUTH 4016 (20 credits) Nutritional Therapy clinical practice
This module will prepare students to become competent, ethical, legal and safe practitioners who meet the Skills for Health National Occupational Standards for Nutritional Therapy. Students will explore and practise the skills required to build a beneficial therapeutic and professional relationship and develop an understanding of the administrative and business environment relevant to clinical practice. They will continue to use methods of critical reflection to enhance practice and instigate strategies for self-development

MSc modules – in addition to the above

NUTH 4017 (20 credits) Research Approaches and Methods
This module develops students’ knowledge of research methodology and research design. Students will explore the philosophy, theory and practice of research and how selected qualitative and quantitative research methods might be applied to Nutritional Therapy. The impact of ethics as well as practical considerations on research design will be explored.

NUTH 4019 ( 40 credits) Dissertation
The dissertation defines the Masters Award. It provides the means by which you can explore in a systematic, evaluative and in-depth manner a topic of your choice, related to nutrition. The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate autonomy and independence in learning through the planning, implementation and completion of a substantive, original piece of work. The assignment is a 12,000 word dissertation.


Careers

Careers

For more information on a career as a Nutritional Therapist see the Prospects job profile.

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.
• Technical advisors.
• 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


FAQs

Frequently asked questions

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 hours and lecture times?

Each module equates to 200 hours of blended learning study with approx 36-40 hours attendance on campus during a module block - the rest being work you do at home with support of our Virtual Learning environment (Blackboard). Module blocks normally run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but one or two modules run during the week.

Nutritional Therapy Clinical slots within the clinical module NUTH4016 are currently every Wednesday and Friday in term time. Students will need to attend on campus for appointments and observations within these specified times.

How are the modules taught and assessed

The modules are taught using a blended learning approach which incorporates a variety of teaching methods and supported by the use of the visual learning environment Blackboard. These include:

• Interactive lectures
• Group work
• Directed study
• Role play
• Group presentation
• Reading and responding to materials provided on Blackboard
• Reflective activities
• Seminars
• Debates
• Tutorials
• Dietary analysis workshops
• Peer and tutor evaluation
• Clinical practice

 

Assessment methods include :
• Written report
• Case analysis
• Reflection
• Dissertation
• Write an academic article
• Critique of journal article
• Analysis of video consultation
• Clinical observation
• Assessment of clinical competencies
• Production of handouts and information sheets
• Formative peer evaluation
• Assessment of clinical competencies

What is the start date for 2016?

The first module for both pathways in the 2016-17 academic year is NUTH 4011 and starts on 13th October 2016 with a compulsory induction day. The timetables are available above. Lectures will be held 10.15-17.15 each day. International Students can apply for summer courses prior to the start of the MSc and there is an induction programme for international students as part of induction week (dates – TBC). This should be discussed with the international office via international@worc.ac.uk or +44 (0)1905 857512.

Can I start in January?

Modules are normally taken in sequence with students starting in semester 1 in October, so January start is not possible.

How long does the course take to complete?

The MSc in Nutritional Therapy takes 18 months - 2 years to complete if studied on a full-time basis (depending on the length of time taken to complete clinical practice and the dissertation). Part-time the Nutritional Therapy course takes approximately 3-4 years to complete up to a maximum of 6 years.

[Note: If a student takes a break during the course, this counts within completion time. For example this means a part time student needs to complete the course within 6 years including any breaks from study].

What are the admissions requirements?

Admissions Policy
The course team is committed to the University Strategic Plan’s aim of widening participation in higher education. The course actively encourages applications from a wide range of individuals who wish to study at postgraduate level. This includes professionals from the healthcare services and therapists in complementary and alternative medicine, the voluntary sector and others interested in studying nutrition and nutritional therapy at an advanced level, in addition to those with first degrees in a nutrition related subject.

Entry Requirements
The entry requirements are

• Evidence of successful academic study at level 6 or equivalent.
• Evidence of fluency in English language through previous study or a language assessment.
• Evidence of knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry level 5 or 6.
• Satisfactory academic reference (or satisfactory reference from a current employer).
• Demonstrate awareness of the demands of studying at PG level in personal statement.
• Demonstrate interest and motivation for successful study at this level in personal statement.
• Evidence of basic competence in IT skills such as use of Microsoft Office applications in application or personal statement

Students without sufficient prior knowledge of these topics may be required to pass our access module prior to starting the MSc programme. Applicants with an NTC/NTEC accredited NT diploma will be considered for a place conditional on successful completion of the university’s access module or equivalent. If you are not sure if you qualify please contact the admission tutor.

IELTS at 7 is required for students for whom English is not their first language. Professional experience within the alternative and complementary sector is not a requirement for entry to this course. If you are unsure about your suitability for entrance, contact the university for further information.

Additional Requirements

Other criteria for the Nutritional Therapy Course include:

1. Satisfactory DBS check (Enhanced Disclosure) Police Check (appropriate form sent from Registry Admissions to students prior to entry onto the course).

2. Satisfactory Medical Questionnaire (appropriate form sent from Registry Admissions to students prior to entry onto the course).

3. Student membership of BANT (application form provided at interview forum).

4. Student insurance

5. University of Worcester Fitness to Practice criteria met (assessed at certain times within the course and during clinical practice).

6. First Aid Certificate (1 day) (usually a course will be available at University of Worcester at some point prior to the commencement of clinical practice).

Where a cost is involved in any of the above 6 criteria, this is to be self-funded by the student.

RPL
Applications for recognition of prior learning, or prior experiential learning, will be considered and will be assessed using the UW RPL guidance for postgraduate courses. Normally this would only apply to NUTH4011 Masters Skills.

When are the Open Days or Open Evenings?

Visit the Open Day page for full details of open days. We attend some of the open days. Please contact Alison for details - email a.benbow@worc.ac.uk

If you wish to meet one of the course team prior to an Open Day, email a.benbow@worc.ac.uk We are always happy to talk to you either in person, by phone or email.

Induction

The Induction days will be held prior to the start of the first module. For 2015 this is October 8th.

Who is the admissions tutor who deals with further enquiries about the course?

The current admissions tutor is Alison Benbow a.benbow@worc.ac.uk 01905 542205

Would the MSc in Nutritional Therapy enable me to practice as a nutritionist or dietician?

You would be able to practice as a nutritional therapy practitioner not a dietician or nutritionist – (see the BANT website if you want further details on the difference - www.bant.org.uk)

Has the University of Worcester been give stage 2 status yet of the NTEC accreditation process?

Yes, we are currently accredited by NTEC until November 2016. The course team hope that accreditation should be renewed at this date.

Is there an Access course for students without the necessary undergraduate degree?

We are will be running an access module in September for those who have a higher education qualification that does not meet our entry requirements or have sufficient prior knowledge of biological sciences, nutrition and biochemistry. Students would need to successfully complete this module before progressing onto the MSc programme.

I am an NTEC / CNHC registered nutritional therapy practitioner. Do I need to repeat clinical practice?

If you are already CNHC registered you do not need to repeat supervised clinical practice , however you will need to complete the academic module assessment which may be based on your own independant clinical practice. This will need to include evidence of acheivement of the Nutritional Therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS). The fee for this is £580 (2016/17 price).

 For more information follow the links

 NTEC (http://www.nteducationcommission.org.uk/ )
CNHC (http://www.cnhc.org.uk/)
Skills for Health (http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/ )

Are grants available?

New loans for Masters degrees are being introduced for students commencing their studies in the 2016/17 academic year. Find out more about postgraduate loans.      

How are the modules assessed?

Each module has an assignment or assignments, which normally have to be completed before the commencement of the next modular block. Hand in dates will be specified during the module block.

What are the possible career opportunities after completion of the course?

Possible careers for successful students 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.
• Technical advisors.
• 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.

The Teaching clinic

The teaching clinic can be found at http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/nutrition-for-health.html        
If you are considering the nutritional therapy pathway it is a good idea to come for a nutritional therapy session. The details of how to book are on the web site. The clinic was recently commended as exemplary by the NTC/NTEC

Relevant Reading

If you wish to do some relevant reading, the British Nutrition Foundation web site has excellent resources, especially under 'nutrition science' and 'publications': http://www.nutrition.org.uk/

Their journal, Nutrition Bulletin has excellent articles that are a good starting point for general reading about nutrition http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291467-3010

Or any of these:

Barasi M (2007) Nutrition at a Glance, Oxford, Blackwell.

Geissler C and Powers H (2009) Fundamentals of Human Nutrition; for students and practitioners in health sciences, Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone

Marieb E (2008) Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 9th Ed, San Francisco, Benjamin Cummings

Mann J and Truswell AS (2007) Essentials of Human Nutrition, Oxford, OUP.