Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

For science graduates, the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics will launch you straight into a career as an accredited dietitian. With practical training in human nutrition plus access to eminent dietitians, this highly regarded postgraduate course will bring you to the forefront of dietetic and nutrition research and practice.

Fully accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is a pathway into professional practice as a dietitian and nutritionist.

The two-year course builds on major concepts from the study of human biochemistry and physiology to discuss the roles of all nutrients, nutritional contents of food and diet in health and disease. The program covers all the subjects needed for you to become a career-ready professional across public health, medical nutrition therapy, food service management, communication, management, and research and evaluation.

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney draws on the expertise of researchers and clinicians in nutrition science, public health, medicine and dietetics. Being in central Sydney gives us the advantage of calling on external guest lecturers. We have access to members of the science and medical faculties and use leading university teaching hospitals (Sydney and rural if preferred) for placement experiences. Our master’s program offers a full semester of supervised research training that meets the requirement to enter a PhD.

Our academics teach from a research-driven base but understand the importance of the translation of the research into evidence-based dietetic practice. The course will equip you with the skills for life-long professional development as a dietitian/nutritionist whether you want to work in the clinical or public health fields, in a hospital or primary care private practice, in a community health facility or a research organisation.

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

Visit the Sydney Nutrition and Dietetics Program website for more detailed information about this course, including study plans and career information.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified the Inherent Requirements for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information about the requirements, please read the Inherent requirements for dietetics.

For answers to frequently asked questions, view the FAQ.

Course outline

View a sample study plan/course structure table.

Study plan

To qualify for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, you must complete a prescribed program of 96 credit points, including:

- 48 credit points of first year units of study; and

- 24 credit points being the dietetics training placement; and

- 24 credit points being the Nutrition Research Project

Industry placements/projects

The second year of the course involves a 20 week professional placement, so you will start earlier than formal term time (usually late January for Semester 1 or late June for Semester 2). The placements are all coordinated and supervised by university staff and you will spend time in hospitals, community health and food service areas.

View a detailed study plan table.

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Failure of any unit of study may result in a student being unable to progress on to further study due to unit of study prerequisites and co-requisites. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates can be found in almost all areas of dietetic and nutrition practice, for example in large and small hospitals, in private practice, in community health, in NGOs such as Cancer Council, in government positions like Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), working for the professional body DAA, in the food industry and in academia and research.

Course accreditation

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

Further study

Many of our graduates have successfully pursued further study in a range of internationally recognised academic programs. If you would like to be part of Sydney's research community, you may wish to consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Research can be completed through a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research in specialised area of the molecular biosciences and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies.

You can search for potential research projects and supervisors at Research Supervisor Connect.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants for this course must:
• have a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) from a recognised tertiary institution, with credit average completed within the last 10 years.
• have successfully completed 2 semesters of chemistry (first, second or third year equivalent) within the last 10 years
• have successfully completed at least 2 semesters of biochemistry and/or molecular biology (second or third year equivalent) within the last 10 years
• have successfully completed at least 2 semesters of human physiology (second or third year equivalent) within the last 10 years
• meet the University’s English Language Requirements. Further details.

A credit average means a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.

These are the minimum admission requirements for this course. As entry into this course is very competitive, applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements are then ranked according to academic merit. Course numbers are limited and offers will be made on the basis of rank, subject to a strict enrolment quota.

Top-ranked applicants will be made early rolling offers. For all other applicants, the first offer round occurs in mid to late November prior to the year of commencement. The second offer round occurs in mid to late January in the year of commencement. Subsequent rounds may occur in February in the year of commencement, again subject to availability of places in the enrolment quota. Unconditional offers of admissions must be accepted within 3 weeks of the date of offer.

Applicants are unable to defer an offer of admission to a later semester or year. Applicants will need to make a new application for admission to a later year.

Applicants are expected and highly recommended to have also successfully completed 2 semesters of biology (first, second or third year equivalent), 1 semester of nutrition science (second or third year equivalent) and 1 semester of food science (second or third year equivalent) within the last 10 years. From 2018-intake onwards, this will become a strict prerequisite..

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available to domestic applicants for this course from year to year. All domestic applicants who are successful for admission into this course are automatically ranked and assessed for CSP by the Faculty of Science on the basis of academic merit. No additional application to the Faculty is required. Only top-ranked applicants will be granted CSP, subject to yearly availability. Late applicants will not be considered for CSP.

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 Faculty Handbook 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

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University by using the online application form, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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