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.

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics covers all aspects of human nutrition including food science, nutritional science, dietary assessment and research methodology, medical nutrition, public health, community nutrition and food service management. The course has full accreditation from the professional body, the Dietitians Association of Australia. Members of the dietetic profession participate in teaching the course which is normally undertaken full-time over two years.

The course allows you access to eminent dietitians and scientists at the cutting edge of dietetic, nutrition and medical research and practice. Teaching is research-driven to ensure you have exposure to all the latest developments and advances in evidence-based dietetics, the science of nutrition, and community and public health nutrition.

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.

For answers to frequently asked questions, view the FAQ.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

You will complete 96 credit points (cp) made up of 12 core units of study (72cp) and one research project (24cp).

First Year: This is an integrated academic year of teaching, practicals and study, totalling 48 cp of units of study.

Second year: In the first semester of second year (January to June), you will undertake a clinical and community and food service training placement; in the second semester of second year (July to November) you will undertake a research project.

View a detailed study plan table.

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. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first four units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

There are increasing avenues of opportunity and careers for nutritionists and dietitians.

New graduates are able to apply for positions in:hospitals; community health centres and area health services; private practice; sports nutrition; food industry; advertising; consulting; non-government organisations; public service (allied health professionals); academia (lecturer or research scientist in nutrition).

Course accreditation

After successfully completing the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, you are eligible for provisional Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) status in the Dietitians Association of Australia, the accreditation organisation for dietitians.

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 Science by research or a 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's degree in science (or equivalent) from a recognised tertiary institution, with credit average
• have successfully completed 2 semesters of chemistry (first year)
• have successfully completed at least 2 semesters of biochemistry & molecular biology (second or third year equivalent)
• have successfully completed at least 2 semesters of human physiology (second or third year equivalent)
• meet the University’s English Language Requirements. Further details.

These are the minimum admission requirements for this course. As entry into this course is very competitive, students with the minimum admission requirements are then ranked according to academic performance.

Each application into the course is assessed individually and course numbers are limited.

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.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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