Master of Dietetics

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Dietetics
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full time
CRICOS course code056059G
Deakin course codeH718

Note: Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin was the first university to offer a course in dietetics in Australia and has been proudly offering Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) accredited courses for more than 35 years.

Deakin’s Master of Dietetics is a postgraduate-level, three-trimester professional training program that builds on your undergraduate knowledge in nutrition, physiology and biochemistry, to develop skills and competencies in dietary management in both health and disease.

Professional recognition

The Master of Dietetics is provisionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Students graduating from accredited courses will be eligible for full membership of the DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program and to work in all areas of dietetics.

Note: This course is provisionally accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of DAA (as the accrediting body) is subject to meeting the requirements of the DAA. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

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.

Department of Human Services policy

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:

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course consists of 12 credit points. Two of the units, HSN705 and HBS745, are studied in cloud (online) mode.

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

Course structure

Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods

Level 1

Trimester 1

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN740Nutrition Research Skills

HSN744Principles of Dietetics

Trimester 2

HSN742Food Service Management

and one of:
HSN745Community Nutrition

HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice

Level 2

Trimester 1

HBS745Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care

HSN752Professional Dietetic Practice

and one of
HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice

HSN745Community Nutrition

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.