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Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Overview

For science graduates, the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics will launch you straight into a career as a 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.

This program is currently accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). A graduate of this program is eligible to become a full member of DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DAA accreditation process available on the DAA website.

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.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

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

Dietetics training placements

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 sample study plan/course structure table.
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Units of Study

Admission requirement

Entry from 2018 requirements:

Admission to the degree requires a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, with at least an average result of Credit. The degree must include successful completion within the last 10 years of:

  • a) 12 credit points of junior chemistry, or equivalent; and
  • b) 12 credit points of junior biology, or equivalent; and
  • c) 12 credit points of intermediate or senior Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology, or equivalent; and
  • d) 12 credit points of intermediate or senior Human Physiology, or equivalent; and
  • e) 6 credit points of intermediate or senior Nutrition Science, or equivalent; and
  • f) 6 credit points of intermediate or senior Food Science, or equivalent.

Entry from 2021 requirements:

Admission to the degree requires a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, with at least an average result of Credit. The degree must include successful completion within the last 10 years of:

  • a) 12 credit points of junior chemistry, or equivalent; and
  • b) 12 credit points of junior human biology, or equivalent; and
  • c) 12 credit points of intermediate or senior Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology, or equivalent; and
  • d) 12 credit points of intermediate or senior Human Physiology, or equivalent; and
  • e) 6 credit points of intermediate or senior Nutrition Science, or equivalent; and
  • f) 6 credit points of intermediate or senior Food Science, or equivalent.

Junior refers to 1000-level units of study.
Intermediate refers to 2000-level units of study.
Senior refers to 3000-level units of study. 

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. 

To enable assessment of meeting prerequisites, any applicant with international qualifications (e.g. bachelor degree completed at an overseas university) must submit unit of study outlines for all prerequisite units of study as listed above. 

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 early to mid December prior to the year of commencement. The third round occurs in early to mid 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 2 weeks of the date of offer, or may be lapsed.

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

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 source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Frequently asked questions »

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.

Professional accreditation

This program is currently accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). A graduate of this program is eligible to become a full member of DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DAA accreditation process available on the DAA website.

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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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 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 increase


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, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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 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 costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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, MasterCard or American Express. 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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