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Master of Dietetics

Postgraduate coursework

Take the next step towards becoming an accredited dietitian. Build advanced skills that allow you to improve the health and wellbeing of others.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

The Master of Dietetics prepares you to solve widespread health issues through science-based, diet-related treatments. Take a big step towards becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and build advanced skills that allow you to improve the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities you work with.

If your goal is to become an accredited practising dietitian, why not join a program that has over 45 years of experience developing industry-ready dietitians?

Deakin’s Master of Dietetics explores the important relationship between diet and disease. Accredited by Dietitians Australia and shaped by decades of industry input, this course trains you to prescribe science-based treatments for a wide range of health issues, from obesity and diabetes, to allergies and malnutrition. If you’re passionate about improving the wellbeing of the people around you through diet, the Master of Dietetics allows you to cut through misinformation to unlock solutions that are shaped by evidence and tested with scientific rigour.

Combine studies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food service management to graduate with a well-rounded set of skills that prepare you for a variety of roles. Your problem-solving abilities, communication skills and dietetic knowledge will allow you to thrive in community and public health settings. Prefer to work one-on-one with clients? You will feel just as comfortable using your interpersonal skills to develop tailored treatments in a clinical setting that deliver life-changing results.

Importantly, this course has full accreditation from the Dietitians Australia. That makes it a recognised pathway towards becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Better still, this is one of the few dietetics masters courses in Australia that takes just 18 months (full-time study) to complete. This means you can move into your dream role faster and start helping people sooner.

Practical learning forms a significant part of the course and you will have many opportunities to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom, in workplaces and industry settings. 22 weeks of professional practice placement gives you industry experience in multiple settings and prepares you for your career as a dietitian. This is where all your training comes to the fore, as you work alongside established dietitians.

Students can enrich their university experience by leveraging the considerable industry connections formed by Deakin’s long-standing School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. Just a few of our associations include:

  • Nutrition Australia
  • Sports Dietitians Australia
  • Austin Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Northern Health
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Western Health.

These relationships open the door to professional development opportunities, give you direct access to ground-breaking research and allow you to build networks that take your career forward.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Dietetics
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
H718
CRICOS code?
056059G Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

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.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core units

Year 1 - Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)
  • Research for Evidence Based Dietetic Practice
  • Principles of Dietetics
  • Dietary Modification to Improve Health
  • Year 1 - Semester 2

  • Food Service Management (2 credit points)^
  • PLUS

  • Community and Public Health Nutrition (2 credit points)^*
  • OR

  • Clinical Dietetic Practice (2 credit points)^
  • Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Professional Practice for Dietetics #
  • PLUS

  • Community and Public Health Nutrition (2 credit points)^*
  • OR

  • Clinical Dietetic Practice (2 credit points)^
  • *Enrolment into HSN745 will be determined by the Unit Chair.

    # HSN758 – student must pass HSN742, HSN745 and HSN747 placements prior to enrolling into this unit.

    ^Indicates compulsory practicum core units required to complete in this course.

    Note: All students are expected to be available to complete at least one regional placement.

    Intakes by location

    This course commences in Semester 1 only. It is available across all nominated locations. The course may commence in late January or early February.

    Semester 1 - January

    • Start date: January
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Applications to Deakin for Semester 1 2024 close 22 October 2023

    Additional course information

    Orientation for this course is mandatory and normally takes place the week prior to semester starting; i.e.the last week of January.

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing placements.

     

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Workload

    This is a full-time course that requires significant on-site attendance (for coursework and placements). In the first semester of the course, students can expect to attend on campus or at our partner hospital sites most days each week, with 20-30 hours of onsite learning each week. In the remaining two semesters, in addition to weeks with onsite and online learning, there are a minimum of 22 weeks of full-time placement spread over the two semesters. Students attend placement in line with the working hours of host placement sites (i.e. 37-40 hours per week) and may need to travel up to 1.5 hours each way.

    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.

    While this is a full-time on-site course, reasonable adjustments may be made under certain circumstances, for example, part-time enrolment in some semesters for students with a disability (see "participation requirements" below).

    Participation requirements

    Most learning activities are on-site, across a combination of Deakin Burwood seminar spaces, kitchens and clinic simulation rooms, as well as via our partner organisations at hospitals and other health organisations. This facilitates interactive activities and group work which help prepare students for placement and for work as a dietitian.

    The course involves compulsory placements of 10 weeks in a clinical setting, 7 weeks in a community setting, 4 weeks in a food service setting (all full-time) and 1 week in an elective setting. These placements may require travel to regional/rural areas, with all students expected to be available to complete at least one regional placement for 4-10 weeks (student accommodation can be organised by placement officers for short-term relocation).

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability pending sufficient forward planning, engagement with the Disability Resource Centre and placement site feasibility. More information available at Disability support services.

    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. 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.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Please note, there are limited places in this course and entry is competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible. Applications for this course may close prior to the published closing date if all places are filled.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet all the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline (must have been completed within the last 10 years), including successful completion of the following units of study* in Human Biosciences and Food and Nutrition Science:
      • at least 4 units of nutrition and food science study covering content relating to principles of nutrition, lifespan nutrition diet and disease and food science
      • at least 2 units of Chemistry followed by at least 2 units of Biochemistry
      • at least 2 units of Human Biology followed by at least 2 units of Human Physiology

    *1 unit of study is equivalent to 1 Deakin credit point, and 0.25 EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Study Load)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Non-academic requirements

    Applicants are required to complete a Pre-requisite checklist to be uploaded with their application

    Admissions information

    Students who defer or intermit prior to commencing H718 - If there are changes to H718 entry criteria during your period of deferment or intermission, your eligibility to enrol into the H718 will need to be re-assessed.

    From 2023 onwards, applicants are strongly advised to complete their undergraduate courses by the end of November of the year they are applying into this course.

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of prior learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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 Recognition of prior learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Applicant checklist

    Applicants must complete a Pre-requisite checklist as part of their application.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

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

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    The prevalence of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, mental illness and malnutrition has increased the demand for qualified dietitians who can use food as a form of treatment and prevention. Jobs in nutrition and dietetics are projected to grow by 15.1% to May 2028*.

    The skills you learn and practical experiences you’re exposed to will set you up to take advantage of this demand. You’ll be able to confidently enter all areas of dietetics, including:

    • clinical (hospital) dietetics
    • community nutrition
    • private practice
    • public health
    • sports nutrition
    • dietetic education and research
    • food service
    • public relations, marketing, communications and media
    • health promotion and policy development.

    You can find additional careers information about this course here.

    *Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2028.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin's Master of Dietetics currently has full accreditation from Dietitians Australia. Students graduating from accredited courses are eligible to apply for full membership of Dietetitians Australia and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program and to work in all areas of dietetics.

    All dietetics education programs in Australia are required to undergo an accreditation review process by Dietitians Australia every five years. Deakin is proud to offer the longest-running dietetics course in Victoria, having delivered a course in dietetics since 1977. Course accreditation has been maintained since the Dietitians Australia accreditation process commenced.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of the theory of human nutrition and dietetics and related practices in public health, to support safe food practices and provide nutrition care for individuals, groups, and communities.

    Communication

    Communicate verbally and in written forms to a range of audiences including colleagues, other health professionals and the community adopting a suitable range of communication strategies.

    Digital literacy

    Demonstrate competency in the selection and use of digital technologies to locate, evaluate, synthesise and translate research findings and theory to investigate and disseminate solutions to applied problems of human nutrition and dietetics.

    Critical thinking

    Engage in research, and collect and critically analyse data to assist in the dietetic assessment of individuals, groups and communities. Develop and implement client-centered strategies to manage the nutritional needs of clients in the dietetics industry, including hospital, food service, community and public health sectors and also in private practice.

    Problem solving

    Apply best practice and respond effectively using an evidence-based framework to identify, research, analyse, generate and provide practical solutions to a range of changing and complex nutrition and dietetic issues for individuals, communities and populations.

    Self-management

    Employ reflective practice, high level personal and professional responsibility, accountability, ethical practice and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations and responsibility as a practitioner or life-long learner in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

    Teamwork

    Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in collaborative interdisciplinary relationships, with a range of stakeholders to advance nutrition and dietetic sciences and improve client outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Engage with, and advocate, for professional and ethical practice for individuals, groups and communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds in an ethical, organised and professional manner.