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Master of Dietetics

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Dietetics prepares you to solve widespread health issues through science-based, diet-related treatments.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
H718, 056059G

About this course

The Master of Dietetics prepares you to solve widespread health issues through science-based, diet-related treatments. Take a big step towards becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and build advanced skills that allow you to improve the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities you work with.

If your goal is to become an accredited practising dietitian, why not join a program that has over 40 years of experience developing industry-ready dietitians?

Deakin's Master of Dietetics explores the important relationship between diet and disease. Accredited by Dietitians Australia (DA) (formerly the Dietitians Association of Australia) and shaped by decades of industry input, this course trains you to prescribe science-based treatments for a wide range of health issues, from obesity and diabetes, to allergies and malnutrition. If you're passionate about improving the wellbeing of the people around you through diet, the Master of Dietetics allows you to cut through misinformation to unlock solutions that are shaped by evidence and tested with scientific rigour.

Combine studies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food service management to graduate with a well-rounded set of skills that prepare you for a variety of roles. Your problem-solving abilities, communication skills and dietetic knowledge will allow you to thrive in community and public health settings. Prefer to work one-on-one with clients? You will feel just as comfortable using your interpersonal skills to develop tailored treatments in a clinical setting that deliver life-changing results.

Importantly, this course has full accreditation from the Dietitians Australia. That makes it a recognised pathway towards becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Better still, this is one of the few dietetics masters courses in Australia that takes just 18 months (full-time study) to complete. This means you can move into your dream role faster and start helping people sooner.

Practical learning forms a significant part of the course and you will have many opportunities to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom in labs, workplaces and industry settings. 21 weeks of professional practice placement gives you industry experience in multiple settings and prepares you for your career as a dietitian. This is where all your training comes to the fore, as you work alongside established dietitians.

Students can enrich their university experience by leveraging the considerable industry connections formed by Deakin's long-standing School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Just a few of our associations include:

  • Nutrition Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Austin Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Northern Health
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Western Health.

These relationships open the door to professional development opportunities, give you direct access to ground-breaking research and allow you to build networks that take your career forward.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a three year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant cognate area (for example: science, health sciences, nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, allied health or nursing) within the last 10 years from an approved university or other educational institution.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant cognate area must demonstrate learning in Human Biosciences and Food and Nutrition Science as described below:

  • Biochemistry content with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL);
  • Human Physiology content with Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL)

(0.25 EFTSL is equivalent to 2 Deakin credit points)

Applicants are also required to have completed at least 4 units (equivalent to 4 Deakin credit points) of nutrition and food science study covering content relating to principles of nutrition, lifespan nutrition diet and disease and food science.

You can find detailed information on the course entry requirements and frequently asked questions relating to the Master of Dietetics here.

Applicants must complete the Prerequisite Units template and a video submission (PDF, 143.2 KB)

Note to students who defer or intermit prior to commencing H718: If there are changes to H718 entry criteria during your period of deferment or intermission, your eligibility to enrol into the H718 will need to be re-assessed.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is competitive and there are limited places available.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

The prevalence of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, mental illness and malnutrition has increased the demand for qualified dietitians who can use food as a form of treatment and prevention. So much so that jobs in nutrition and dietetics are set to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

The skills you learn and practical experiences you're exposed to will set you up to take advantage of this demand. You'll be able to confidently enter all areas of dietetics, including:

  • clinical (hospital) dietetics
  • community nutrition
  • private practice
  • public health
  • sports nutrition
  • dietetic education and research
  • food service
  • public relations, marketing, communications and media
  • health promotion and policy development.

You can find additional careers information about this course here.

*Australian Government 2018 Occupation Projections

Course structure

To complete the Master of Dietetics students must attain 12 credit points. All units are core (these are compulsory). Units may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below.

Failure of a compulsory practicum component in any unit of study will normally lead to exclusion. All expenses associated with practicum units, including any transportation or accommodation costs are the responsibility of the student.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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