Modular Pathway

PaedModuleslogoModular Courses for Paediatric Dietitians

  • The course is designed for qualified dietitians to allow them to build on their existing knowledge of paediatric nutrition and dietetics.
  • The course provides a progressive path through paediatric training with the modular format allowing flexibility for dietitians who have differing levels of experience.
  • The modules are of a very practical nature and learning is achieved through lectures, workshops, case studies, problem solving and informal discussion groups.
  • Each module is endorsed by the BDA for 80 learning hours per module on completion of pre-course work and attendance at a 4-day taught module.
  • Each module has an award of 20 Masters credits on completion of pre-course work, attendance at a 4-day taught module and post-course assignment.
  • These Masters modules are now incorporated into an MSc in Paediatric Dietetics, in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Admission Requirements and Application

  • Students must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • International applicants will be required to be Registered Dietitians in their own country. (Unfortunately we are not able to accept aplication for the non-EU overseas students for this programme as it does not comply with the current Tier 4 VISA requirements. 
  • Modules will be advertised in ‘Dietetics Today‘.

Aims and Learning Outcomes of the five module course


  • To provide a planned programme which complements the skills of Registered Dietitians, equipping the dietitian with additional expertise necessary for advanced, evidence-based practice in the field of paediatric dietetics.
  • To enable students to apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to an increasingly complex caseload in order to provide the most appropriate advice for infants (including preterm infants), children and adolescents
  • To develop students’ ability to analyse, interpret and synthesise new and emerging scientific knowledge in the field of paediatric nutrition and dietetics 
  • To give students confidence in handling a variety of paediatric cases of increasing complexity as they progress through the five modules
  • To encourage effective communication of paediatric dietetics to patients, healthcare professionals and other groups
  • To support students to critically analyse and interpret their own work in order to advance their practice

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an extended knowledge of nutritional principles, feeding, nutrient requirements and nutritional assessment in the field of paediatric dietetics
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of how psychosocial, financial and cultural factors affect families and children, and the importance of the multidisciplinary team in their management 

  • Apply and synthesise theoretical knowledge in order to recommend the most appropriate and current dietary regimens for normal infants, children and adolescents, and those with particular needs, such as over and under nutrition and clinical conditions requiring a dietetic input.
  • Communicate their nutritional knowledge to groups or individuals and evaluate outcomes 

  • Critically evaluate new scientific and other evidence which may impact on dietetic practice Module content 


Course Brochure 2018-19 


The booking process has changed to an online application system. This has streamlined the processs and has provided all delegates with a platform for easy access to module and venue information.

Modules will be advertised in Dietetics Today, on the BDA Website, within Members Monthly and within Paediatric Group mailings.

All online bookings will be opening approximately 6 months prior to the module start date. The booking links can be found on the "Course Dates & Booking" page (when available) which will automatically direct you to the application.


The Paediatric Specialist Group funds 2 bursaries of £500 each year to support students undertaking thier final year module ADV716 Research Dissertation (60 Master Credits). 

In addition, there is the Vanessa Shaw award of £5,000 awarded annually to fund a research project undertaken as a part of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Paediatric Dietetics, or other MSc, MRes or PhD. 

For further information please head to the 'Award and Bursaries' tab.