Master of Dietetics

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Master of Dietetics
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length1.5 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$24,320* - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

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

CRICOS course code056059G
Deakin course code H718

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to deakin.edu.au/fees. Domestic students may also be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
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.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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 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

HBS745Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care

HSN752Professional Dietetic Practice

and one of
HSN747Clinical Dietetic Practice

OR 
HSN745Community 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/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check

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 Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.


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.

 

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