Master of Dietetics

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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 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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Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0, with 7.0 in all bands. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1.5 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Semester 1

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

NOTE: Applications close on Monday 4 September 2017 for international students commencing in 2018.

Key information

Award granted

Master of Dietetics

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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

International students who have an IELTS score of 7 across all bands may apply for entry into the course providing they have met the prerequisites for entry.

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.

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)

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 (PDF, 89.4 KB) and a video submission (PDF, 143.2 KB)

Professional Recognition

The Master of Dietetics is accredited by 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

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.

 

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.

Core units

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

Level 1 - Semester 1

  • Nutrition Research Skills HSN740
  • Principles of Dietetics HSN744
  • Dietary Modification to Improve Health HSN754
  • Level 1 - Semester 2

  • Food Service Management HSN742 ^
  • and one of:

  • Community Nutrition HSN745 ^
  • OR

  • Clinical Dietetic Practice HSN747 ^
  • Level 2 - Semester 1

  • Professional Practice for Dietetics HSN758
  • and one of

  • Clinical Dietetic Practice HSN747 ^
  • OR 

  • Community Nutrition HSN745 ^
  • 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 Nutrition 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 Infancy to Adolescence HSN746
  • Trimester 3

  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing HSN743
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Course pathways

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    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.

    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. 

    ^Indicates compulsory practicum core units students need to complete in this course - refer course structure.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 you have.

    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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    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.

    ^Indicates compulsory practicum core units students need to complete in this course - refer course structure.

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to professional placements in each calendar year of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of any professional placement will not be able to undertake that placement.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their professional placement.

    * Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

    Offered campuses

    Burwood

    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


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