Master of Dietetics

Deakin University

Program 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.



  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 45,800



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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 HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Core units

Year 1 - Semester 1


  • Academic Integrity (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)^

  • Community and Public Health Nutrition (2 credit points)^*
  • Clinical Dietetic Practice (2 credit points)^

Year 2 - Semester 1

  • Professional Practice for Dietetics #
  • Community and Public Health Nutrition (2 credit points)^*

  • Clinical Dietetic Practice (2 credit points)^

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.

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 from an approved university or other educational institution.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant cognate area must demonstrate learning in Human Biosciences and Food and Nutrition Science as described below:

  • Biochemistry content with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL);
  • Human Physiology content with Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL)

(0.25 EFTSL is equivalent to 2 Deakin credit points)

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.

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$45,800 for 1 yr full-time AUD

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.

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. So much so that jobs in nutrition and dietetics are set to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

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.
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