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Supporting Information

Entry onto this programme is competitive. To maximise your chances of success you must read carefully through all of this information and complete the application checklist before completing your application for 2021 entry online via AIMS. The deadline to submit your application is 4pm on Friday, 27th November 2020. We wish you well with your application and look forward to hearing from you.

What are the entry requirements?

Normally, an upper second (2.1) class honours degree in a relevant science subject is required with modules in:

  • Biochemistry (minimum 20 credits at Level 4 or above); and
  • Physiology (minimum 20 credits at level 4 or above)
  • Plus, an additional 20 credits in a relevant science subject (such as Immunology, Microbiology or Genetics).

All students need to have completed an undergraduate dissertation/ research project.

Academic study should have taken place within the last five years.  If your degree was completed more than five years ago we require evidence of academic study or career and professional development activity within the last five years. 

Students with a 2:2 including a substantial amount of Biochemistry and Physiology with good grades in these subjects plus a relevant postgraduate qualification will also be considered.

How do I demonstrate that I meet the entry criteria?

You MUST submit the following with your application:

Module Outlines/Details of specified subjects

These are descriptions of your modules (module outlines/syllabus/module descriptors/module specifications), which are available in your course handbook, from your University website or University department and must be provided with your application. This includes all required modules, at all levels, in all years, including those in which your results are pending. Your physiology background should include major organ systems - the most relevant include the gastrointestinal, kidney, endocrine and cardiovascular systems. Biochemistry modules should include the major metabolic pathways. Please ensure you record any key modules currently being undertaken or planned when you apply for Nutrition and Dietetics. Please note that this information is required in addition to your degree transcript. 

Applicants who have studied outside the UK must provide certified English Language translations of any documents that are not written in English.

Please name and save your module outline evidence appropriately and advise the file name on your application form, so we can easily locate this evidence.

Degree/relevant qualification transcript

All applicants, including University of Chester students, must submit an official degree/relevant qualification transcript/profile/mark sheet/Diploma Supplement outlining all previously studied modules, their credit value and marks awarded. Applicants who have studied outside the UK must provide certified English Language translations of any documents that are not written in English. If you have completed your degree/relevant qualification, please upload a copy of your certificate and any other relevant qualifications.  Please do not upload any certificates that are not relevant to our entry criteria, e.g. A level or GCSE certificates, or send original certificates in the post; we will request them if necessary. If you have changed your name since you received your results, please state your previous name when you apply and upload evidence of your change of name to your application.

Further study

If you do not meet the admission criteria for this programme as outlined above you could improve your application by undertaking study in the subjects required - look into accessing similar modules* which may be offered at a college or university nearer your home or at the Open University via distance learning; or, you can access University of Chester modules by contacting undergraduate admissions via: admissions@chester.ac.uk, 01244 512658/01244 512175 and requesting a free-standing module form.  An appropriate physiology module must include the function of the major organ systems, while biochemistry modules must include the major metabolic pathways.  Alternatively, you may find it useful to complete a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) in Human Nutrition, consisting of three 20 credit modules delivered in 3 day blocks which may satisfy the biochemistry/physiology requirements, dependent on prior learning. Please apply online via https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-apply

*Any offer would be conditional on these modules being successfully completed - you must notify us of this as soon as possible.

If you are undertaking modules at the University of Chester you are still required to provide these details on application.

References

Please note that we require the details of two referees, one of which should be academic if you have studied in the last three years.  They should comment on your academic background, your ability to cope with the academic demands of the course and the qualities you have, which would make you suitable to become a Registered Dietitian.  Please note that the programme leader for the programme you are applying for may not be added as a referee. 

If it is more than three years since you have studied, an employer reference will suffice.  Please ensure that you enter accurate details for your referee so that a reference is received by us by the deadline (see timetable).  We will not accept applications supported by references from family and friends (as is standard when applying for NHS posts). Referees’ email addresses must be official university/professional email addresses. Private email addresses i.e. @yahoo, @hotmail, will not be accepted.

References must be dated within the 12 months prior to the application deadline.  We advise you to contact your referee before you apply as, when you apply the online system will automatically send them a reference request. If at least one suitable reference is not received by the referee’s deadline of 11th December 2020, we cannot process your application and therefore your application would be rejected. References must be provided in English. If you have previously provided a reference which is less than 12 months old by the application deadline, we may be able to use this reference.  Please enter Postgraduate Admissions and postgrad@chester.ac.uk in the referees’ details and we will check that this reference is acceptable. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding references.                                         

Experience

It may strengthen your application if you are able to provide evidence that you have experienced the work of a dietitian. This could be through visiting a dietetic department, or might be through employment as a dietetic assistant. For evidence that you have visited a dietetic department, please complete a hospital visit form, or obtain a certificate of attendance from a dietetic department open day. In either case, please ensure these are signed and dated by the supervising dietitian. You will also be asked to provide their contact details (email and telephone number) in AIMS. However please note that this is not an essential part of the application process and you can still submit your application without this evidence. If you have worked in a Dietetic Department as a Dietetic Assistant, this form will not be required, but you should nominate your supervisor as a referee.

English language

A good command of written and spoken English is essential. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of English Proficiency to the standard equivalent to level 7 of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no element below 6.5.

Personal statement (to be completed within the online application)

When completing this section of the application, we ask that you submit only 150-200 words for each of the following questions:

Q1           Why do you want to become a dietitian?

Q2           Discuss your communication skills with specific reference to becoming an effective dietitian

Q3           What do you understand by the phrase ’Patient-Centered Care’?

Q4           Discuss the skills and experience you have that will assist you in becoming a dietitian.

Maximum 800 words in total

 

How else can I enhance my application?

Please make sure the information you provide is clearly detailed and accurate. The majority of applicants are academically very highly qualified so the personal statement is critical in differentiating between candidates.  You should consider the following in your statement:  motivation, interpersonal skills, insight into dietetics, and non-academic achievements.  You will be required to upload all supporting documents online via AIMS.

Fees, funding and eligibility

The programme is self-funded. Further information regarding fees can be found at https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-finance/current-postgraduate-fees 

Please note, that despite this being a postgraduate course, most students are advised to apply for an undergraduate, rather than a postgraduate, student loan. You can choose to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc.

Most students can then also apply for additional financial support from the Learning Support Fund. There is also a £5,000 per year Healthcare Grant, which has been extended to Nutrition and Dietetics students.

For further information, please visit https://www.slc.co.uk/, https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/learning-support-fund and https://www1.chester.ac.uk/news/new-healthcare-grant-extended-nutrition-and-dietetics-students

However, students intending to fund their studies via a student loan from Student Finance Northern Ireland should apply for a postgraduate student loan.

Generally, the funding you can apply for depends on the UK country where you ordinarily live.

Please visit https://thefundingclinic.org.uk/ for further information.

Application assessment

All applications are scored against a standardised person specification. In addition to the academic requirements, non-academic criteria and personal qualities of applicants are assessed. We must stress that you should ensure all the information requested is submitted.

How are applications assessed?

All applications are scored against a standardised person specification. In addition to the academic requirements, non-academic criteria and personal qualities of applicants are assessed. We must stress that you should ensure all the information requested is submitted.

We have provided a checklist for your application, which we advise you to go through before commencing your application to ensure you have all the documents you require. Once you have commenced your application and uploaded your documents, please check that you have uploaded the correct documents before you submit it. Failure to provide any documents when you apply online will mean that we cannot process your application.

If you are unsure of anything, please contact us before the deadline. We cannot accept any documentation after the deadline.

We look forward to receiving your application.