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What makes Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice at Worcester special?

This is an innovative, evidence based, flexible taught online programme with full and part time options and one mandatory, face to face 1-4-day teaching block per semester. Studying this course full-time enables you to qualify in one academic year. You will develop your knowledge and skills to work with clients as a registered Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (Nutritional Therapist) in the UK and to employ your skills in other related activities such as group work as a Registered Nutritionist (mBANT).

  • Number of in-person days will vary depending on part and full time pathways

*This course is subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • This exciting and innovative course gives you the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career where you can support people in making changes to their lives through healthy eating habits and lifestyle modifications.
  • The new full-time route is suited to those who wish to complete in an academic year (September – September) in three semesters. The part time is a more flexible option for those who want to fit study around other commitments and can take from a minimum of three years to a maximum of six years.
  • Clinical skills are embedded throughout the course culminating in supervised clinical practice in our online clinic, where you will acquire valuable hands-on experience working with clients.
  • The teaching for this course will be online, with the exception of 1-4 mandatory attendance days at the start of each semester at the University of Worcester campus. 
  • The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc will be submitted for reaccreditation in the Spring of 2023.
 

Nutritional Therapy Clinic

Our Nutritional Therapy students run a clinic in which they are able to provide friendly and confidential services to the public. Students work to BANT professional practice standards and CNHC code of conduct ethics and performance and are fully supervised by qualified and registered nutritional therapists. You can find out more about the Nutritional Therapy Clinic here.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an Honours Degree (2:2 level and above) in a related science subject. This should include knowledge of fundamental human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. Typically, human nutrition or related bioscience course such as health science or sport and exercise science.

If you have an NTEC accredited Diploma you may be eligible for direct entry.

If you have a HE qualification (equivalent of an honours degree with a 2:2) that does not meet our requirements then on application, we have a ‘bridging’ access assessment based on resources from “Preparation for Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice” that we will provide; this is equivalent to 30 hours study and must be passed with the equivalent of a 2:2

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency, which must be comparable to IELTS of 7.0 or above, with no component below 6.5.

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. Normally this would only apply to NUTH4031 Studying Nutrition.

 

Additional selection criteria

In your personal statement you should address the following:

  • Evidence of successful academic study at level 6
  • Ability to define nutritional therapy and have an awareness of British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council
  • Satisfactory academic reference (or satisfactory reference from a current employer)
  • Demonstrate interest and motivation for successful study at this level in personal statement or interview
  • Evidence of basic competence in IT skills such as Microsoft Office in the application or personal statement or interview
  • Occupational Health clearance

All applications will be considered on their merit and a short informal online interview with the course leader will be held after application.

Prior to starting clinical practice students are required to have membership of the professional body (BANT) and student professional indemnity insurance. It is the student’s responsibility to pay for these.

 

 

International Students

International students may apply for this course, but practising internationally will depend on having Professional Indemnity Insurance that covers for practice in the UK irrespective of location. Practice may also be subject to country specific legal restrictions. Registration with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC) and membership of a professional body (e.g. British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) (BANT) is also recommended.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

The full-time version of this course is suited to those who wish to complete in an academic year (September – September). The part time route is a more flexible option for those who want to fit study around other commitments and can take from a minimum of three years to a maximum of six years.

A copy of the course framework for Full and Part-time students is available.

Modules

  • NUTH4041 Approaches to Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice
  • NUTH4042 Applications of Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice 
  • NUTH4043 Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice: Early Years and Reproduction 
  • NUTH4044 Nutrition and Lifestyle Practice: Adults 
  • NUTH4045 Clinical Practice and Business Development 
  • NUTH4046 Research Methods 
  • NUTH4047 Dissertation

An additional Access to Nutritional Therapy is available in September each year if you don't have a background in physiology, cell biology and biochemistry. 

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful. 

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning, plus 1-4 mandatory attendance days per semester (these sessions will not be recorded). These will be a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, and role plays. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Role plays are fundamental to professional development as a NT, are underpinned by the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Nutritional Therapy. Role plays and embedded throughout the course and informally facilitate the development of clinical skills. Clinical skills are formally assessed in the online clinics (NUTH4045 Clinical Practice and Business Development), where students see a minimum of three clients at least twice.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least two occasions in the first year and more if required and on demand in second and subsequent years.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

The MSc Nutritional Therapy will include 48 weeks of learning, which is required to include the clinic and dissertation modules in one academic year for students who wish to study full time.

You are taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online lectures, workshops, seminars, role plays and other online activities. Face to face teaching, workshops, seminars and group activities (e.g., role plays) will comprise the attendance days.

The precise contact hours (online or face to face) will depend on your mode of study (full or part time) and the modules selected. For example, you will have less contact time in the Dissertation module because the focus is independent study, and there may be more contact time in the Clinical practice module due to the time allocated to live clinic consultations.

Typically contact time for a 15-credit module will be structured around:

30 hours Synchronous and asynchronous lectures/seminars/practical activity (approximately 6-12 hours synchronous).

Typically contact time for a 30-credit module will be structured around:

60 hours Synchronous and asynchronous lectures/seminars/practical activity (approximately 12-24 hours synchronous).

 

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake for a 15-credit module around the remainder of the time of independent study and assessment preparation The total time for the module is 150 hours. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books to follow up on taught sessions, completing online activities, undertaking research online, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment and extensive electronic learning resources. Resources can be accessed in other universities and colleges via SCONUL when working remotely.

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 3-6 years part-time

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and clinical practitioners with industry experience. The academics teaching on the course are all qualified practitioners in their respective fields, which provides authenticity to the experiences they draw upon

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and approximately 70% of team have a publication history. All members of the team have a Higher Education qualification and are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy and one is a Senior Fellow.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles Staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written assignments and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the modules taken, and follows the University’s Assessment Policy but a typical formal summative assessment pattern will include:

  • 3x written assignments (based on case study analysis)
  • 2x PDP with reflections
  • 2 x Digital quiz
  • 1x reflective and skills portfolio relating to clinical experience
  • 1x research proposal
  • 3 x individual oral presentations/posters
  • 1 x Dissertation (independent study project of 12000 words)

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet The Team

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Alison Benbow

Alison was a practitioner for 15 years and has a range of experience that includes working with clients with breast cancer. She has been course leader since 2016 and has steered the course through a re approval and reaccreditation. She also leads a theory module and the clinical practice.

She is also involved in NTEC as an accreditor, is on the NTEC board, and represents Nutritional Therapy as a professional standards board member for the CNHC. She was involved in the NTEC initiated project that informed the core curriculum for nutritional therapy and is currently working on a research project to evaluate the teaching clinic. In 2020 she was awarded Fellowship of BANT.

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Justine Bold

Justine loves teaching, has worked at University of Worcester since 2008 and she now works one day a week on the MSc in Nutritional Therapy. She is CNHC registered and has also worked part time in nutrition practice since 2003.

Justine currently leads a postgraduate module and also supervises dissertation students. Her research interests include the management of food sensitivities, particularly gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease. She is interested in the nutritional management of  auto immune conditions, mental health problems and infertility and has published text books and research articles in these areas.

Miranda Harris

Miranda Harris

Miranda Harris is a Senior Lecturer/Academic for Nutritional Therapy MSc, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a practising Registered Nutritionist (mBANT, CNHC) with over ten years of clinical experience specialising in sports and exercise nutrition, and long-term health conditions. In 2019 she was awarded the UoW Teaching Award and in 2020 and 2021, she was awarded Outstanding Lecturer. Miranda is a keen triathlete currently on her long journey to Iron(wo)man.

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Dr Lindsey Fellows

Lindsey has been a Higher Education Lecturer since 1996, teaching a variety of subjects from Sport and Exercise Psychology, Physical Education, and Public Health, during this time she has cultivated a keen interest in Behaviour Change and qualified as a Motivational Interviewing Trainer in 2012. After retraining and qualifying in Nutritional Therapy, she has transferred this interest to the clinical practice of nutrition, working on the MSc Nutritional Therapy. She now balances her time between lecturing, supervising research, and assessing in the student clinic and working as a practitioner.

 

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Manal Chouchane

Manal is a registered Nutritional Therapist with previous experience of working for a leading professional nutraceutical company as a clinical nutritionist. She also worked as a lecturer at another university teaching biochemistry, physiology and pathophysiology. Manal is passionate about nutrition and teaching, and finds her lecturing role very rewarding as she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with students to provide them with a strong platform for their careers ahead.

Manal strongly believes that nutrition should be at the forefront of health and medical interventions and research. Manal also loves developing healthy and nutritious recipes which she shares on social media platforms to help and inspire others.

Qualifications 

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition Science (with 1st class Honours)   
  • MSc. Nutritional Therapy (pass with Distinction)
  • PgCert. Academic Practice in Higher Education 

 

Sandeep Kaur

Sundeep Kaur

Sundeep is a qualified Nutritional Therapist who has been teaching on the Nutritional Therapy course since February 2020. She currently leads the Clinical Practice Module and particularly enjoys supporting students through clinic by preparing them for industry and private practice. She has over 12 years’ experience working within the corporate sector previously where she had an interest and passion in employee wellbeing. She is particularly interested in gut health and how this can impact other areas of the body and health generally.

Careers

Where could it take you?

On successful completion of the course, students are eligible to apply to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) and apply to become a full member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).

Graduates often go into private Nutritional Therapy practice often developing specialist areas of expertise. They may choose to work in the industry, either for supplement or testing companies, they may lecture, go into health journalism, and some may add Nutritional Therapy to an existing profession.

International students may apply for this course, but practising internationally will depend on having Professional Indemnity Insurance that covers for practice in the UK irrespective of location. Practice may also be subject to country specific legal restrictions. Registration with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC) and membership of a professional body (e.g. British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine) (BANT) is also recommended.

Costs

How much will it cost?

Fees

The current fees can be found within the tuition fees document on our figure out finances page.

Postgraduate loans

The Government will provide a loan of up to £11,836 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2022 per eligible student for postgraduate Masters study. It will be at your own discretion whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs.

For more details visit our postgraduate loans page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact Alison Benbow (Admissions Tutor).

 

Apply for enrolment

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

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