Master of Dietetics

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Dietetics
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration

1.5 years full time. Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.

CRICOS course code056059G
Deakin course codeH718

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This three-trimester course builds on your undergraduate knowledge in nutrition and gets you professionally accredited in just 18 months.

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

This course develops your knowledge of physiology and biochemistry and enhances your skills in dietary management.

Deakin’s program is one of the few dietetics Masters degrees in Australia of 18 months duration, allowing you 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, sports nutrition and more.

Job growth in this sector is strong and continues to increase as public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations affect health care systems not only in Australia but around the world.

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.


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.

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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$28,000$30,000

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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. One of the units, HBS745 Collaborative Practice in Healthcare , is studied in Cloud (online).

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.

Course structure

Core units

Teaching, placements and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods. ^Indicates compulsory practicum core units required to complete in this course.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HSN740Nutrition Research Skills

HSN744Principles of Dietetics

HSN754Dietary Modification to Improve Health

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSN742Food Service Management ^

and one of:

HSN745Community Nutrition ^

OR

HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice ^

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HBS745Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

HSN752Professional Dietetic Practice

and one of

HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice ^

OR 

HSN745Community Nutrition ^

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

HSN709Sports Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN746Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence

Trimester 3

HSN738International Nutrition

HSN743Nutrition for Healthy Ageing