Master of Dietetics

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Dietetics
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length1.5 years full time
Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code056059G
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code H718
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

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.

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, including any transportation or accommodation costs 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

OR
HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice


Level 2

Trimester 1

HBS745Collaborative Practice in Healthcare

HSN752Professional Dietetic Practice


and one of

HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice

OR 
HSN745Community Nutrition

 

Where a preclusion is granted, students must select another HSN7xx unit from the list below. For example if you were given a preclusion for HSN705 Public Health Nutrition, it means that you are not required to enrol into HSN705, and instead you have  to choose another HSN7xx unit from the following options:

Trimester 1

HSN709Sports Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HSN727Advanced Public Health Nutrition

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

HSN760International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition


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

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Note: course selection criteria is under review and may be subject to change

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). 50% of each of the first and second years of the applicants’ undergraduate degree must be composed of bioscience, chemistry, physiology and biochemistry, including a minimum 15% of a full-year load each of biochemistry and physiology. This is usually at least two biochemistry subjects at second year level where first year chemistry is a pre-requisite of these subjects and two physiology subjects also at second year level.

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 and food science. Applicants can find additional information on the Postgraduate course applications website at the extra requirements link. Potential applicants should seek further information in regards to the exact content of the pre-requisite nutrition units needed.

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.

Closing dates

International applicants must submit their applications by the end of the first week in September

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

  • Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
  • Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
  • Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
  • International applicants must submit their applications by the end of the first week in September

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the school’s website under ‘Postgraduate Human Nutrition and Master of Dietetics’ for more information on the course entry requirements and 2016 entry checklist - which is an additional document required for your application.


Tracking your application

If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au