Master of Dietetics

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Dietetics
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length

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

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$32,000 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code056059G
Deakin course code H718

NOTE: Applications close on 31 October 2016 for local students to commence in 2017

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This three-trimester 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.

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

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, 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.

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 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 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.

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

HSN758Professional Practice for Dietetics

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


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.

^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

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.

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. 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 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).

Potential applicants should seek further information in regards to the exact content of the pre-requisite nutrition units needed.

Closing dates

Applications close on 31 October 2016 for local students to commence in 2017

Pathways

This course can be a pathway to H541 Graduate Certificate of Health Research Practice

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.