Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

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With a solid foundation in science plus a two-year master's degree that has full accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia, the five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the training you need to launch straight into a career in nutrition and dietetics.

For the first time in history, there are more overfed people in the world than underfed people. Statistics such as these are driving our need to train professionals who can help create healthier communities.

Your degree will give you access to eminent dietitians and scientists at the cutting edge of dietetic, nutrition and medical research and practice. Join the most highly regarded and longest running program in nutrition and dietetics in Australia (40 years in 2017). Our teaching is research-driven to ensure you gain exposure to the latest developments and advances in evidence-based dietetics, the science of nutrition, and community and public health nutrition.

Our nutrition science course is distinct among Australian universities: we offer a strong life sciences approach, allowing you to pursue postgraduate research in nutrition or diversify to include specialisations in both human and animal nutrition.

During the Bachelor of Science, you will study biochemistry, molecular biology and human physiology, which are necessary prerequisites for accreditation by the Dietitians Association of Australia. You will also complete a major in nutrition science.

In the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, your first year will consist of a series of lectures, tutorials and practical classes introducing you to nutritional science, clinical nutrition and dietetics, public health nutrition and more. In your second year, you will participate in hands-on clinical training, and complete a nutrition research project.

You will graduate with a solid knowledge of nutritional science and the expertise to pursue a career as an accredited dietitian in a range of professional settings, in nutrition and nutritional research, and other health-related disciplines.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Course outline

This double degree provides a direct pathway from the Bachelor of Science to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, a professional Master's degree accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

To complete both degrees, you need to complete a total of 240 cp. You will complete your first 144 cp while undertaking a Nutrition Program within the Bachelor of Science. While undertaking the Bachelor of Science, you will also complete mathematics degree core units (12 cp), Open Learning Environment Units (12 cp), electives (12 cp – 24 cp), and either a second major or a minor. You then complete your final 96 cp while enrolled in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You can complete the Bachelor of Science either on a full time basis over three years, or part time over six years. However, you must be enrolled on full time basis while undertaking the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Year 1

· Science degree core: Maths 6cp

· Science degree core: Maths 6cp

· Degree core: Human Biology 6cp

· Degree core: Chemistry 6cp

· Human Biology 6cp

· Chemistry 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

Year 2

· Physiology core 6cp

· Physiology core 6cp

· Biochemistry & Molecular Biology core 6cp

· Biochemistry & Molecular Biology core 6cp

· Open Learning (OLE) 6cp

· Open Learning (OLE) 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

Year 3

· Nutrition Science core 6cp

· Nutrition Science core 6cp

· Nutrition Science elective 6cp

· Nutrition Science elective 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

· Minor/Major 2 6cp

· Elective/Major 2 6cp

· Elective/Major 2 6cp

For Year 4 and 5 course structure tables, refer to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course structure information.

Majors

What is a major?

Students complete an embedded Nutrition Science major.

You will also need to undertake a minor or a second major within the Bachelor of Science, choosing from Science Table A majors or Table S majors.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates need to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in order to be eligible to proceed to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Course opportunities

Students with a high ATAR may be invited to be a Dalyell Scholar in this course.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Examples of careers you can choose after graduating include: dietician, nutritional researcher, hospital nutritionist, biochemist, food scientist.

Course accreditation

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met (where these are not demonstrated) by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule, the Coursework Policy, and Faculty Resolutions.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page. Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC. For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the `Apply Now¿ button on the right hand side of this course page.