Master of Dietetics

Postgraduate coursework

Study topics including clinical dietetic practice, community nutrition, professional practice and dietetics research skills in a Master of Dietetics.

Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full time. Units in this course are offered in semesters.

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Course information

This three semester course builds on your undergraduate knowledge in physiology, biochemistry and nutrition and gets you professionally accredited in just 18 months.

Deakin was one of the first universities to offer a course in dietetics in Australia and has been proudly offering Dietitians Association of Australia accredited courses for over 40 years.

Deakin’s program is one of the few dietetics Masters degrees in Australia of 18 months duration, allowing you to start your career sooner. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian, you will be eligible to work in all areas of dietetics, including clinical (hospital) dietetics, community nutrition, private practice, food industry, public health, sports nutrition, dietetic education and research, food service, public relations, marketing, communications, media, health promotion and policy development.

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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.

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

Core units

^Indicates compulsory practicum core units required to complete in this course.

  • Dietetic Research Skills HSN740
  • Principles of Dietetics HSN744
  • Dietary Modification to Improve Health HSN754
  • Food Service Management HSN742 ^
  • Community Nutrition HSN745 ^
  • Clinical Dietetic Practice HSN747 ^
  • Professional Practice for Dietetics HSN758
  • Preclusions

    Where a preclusion is granted, students must select another HSN7xx unit from the list below. For example if you were given a preclusion for HSN740 Dietetic Research Skills, it means that you are not required to enrol into HSN740, and instead you have to choose another HSN7xx unit from the following options:

    Trimester 1

  • Sports Nutrition HSN709
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour HSN713
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Policy and Public Health HSN706
  • Nutrition Promotion HSN708
  • Obesity Prevention HSN734
  • Nutritional Issues from Early Childhood to Adolescence HSN746
  • Trimester 3

  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing HSN743
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Dietetics
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H718
    CRICOS code?
    056059G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Semester 1 - February

    • Start date: February
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Key semester dates are available here.

     

    NOTE: Applications close on Monday 29 October 2018 for local students to commence in 2019

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

    Participation requirements

    The course involves compulsory placements of 10 weeks in a clinical setting, 7 weeks in a community setting and 4 weeks in a foodservice setting. These placements may require travel to rural areas.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills related to the professional practice of nutrition and dietetics, and achieve competency in dietetic practice through extensive professional practice placements. Professional practice placements provide you with applied experience in clinical, community and food service settings to develop discipline specific knowledge.

    You will also develop research, critical thinking and communication skills throughout the course. Please note, the course (and a career in dietetics) requires a high level of interpersonal communication skills. Students not possessing such skills may have difficulty in meeting professional course requirements and successfully completing their studies.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

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

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    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 additional information on course entry requirements for the Master of Dietetics here.

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

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Credit for prior learning

    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 Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $34,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

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    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Dietetics is a career rich in opportunity. As an Accredited Practising Dietitian you will be eligible to work in all areas of dietetics, including: clinical (hospital) dietetics, community nutrition, private practice, food industry, public health, sports nutrition, dietetic education and research, food service, public relations, marketing, communications, media, health promotion and policy development.

    Deakin’s Masters program allows you to start your career sooner; being one of few Masters programs in dietetics in Australia of 18 months duration.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin's Master of Dietetics has full accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Students graduating from accredited courses are eligible for full membership of the DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program and to work in all areas of dietetics.

    You can find additional careers information about this course here.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced knowledge of human nutrition and dietetics to support safe food practices and provide nutrition care for individuals, groups, and communities.

    Communication

    Develop high level communication skills for use with a range of audiences including colleagues, other health professionals and the community.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use a range of appropriate digital technologies to locate, assess and translate research findings and evaluate practice in human nutrition and dietetics.

    Critical thinking

    Apply critical thinking in the dietetic assessment and management of individuals, groups and communities.

    Problem Solving

    Use an evidence-based framework to provide practical solutions to a range of changing and complex nutrition and dietetic issues.

    Self-management

    Employ reflective practice, to demonstrate expert judgement, responsibility and ethical practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

    Teamwork

    Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of stakeholders to advance nutrition and dietetic sciences and improve client outcomes.

    Global Citizenship

    Exercise professional and ethical dietetic practice for individuals, groups and communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and in different environments.

     


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