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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.

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.

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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

Degree sample: Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Year 

 Sem 

 Unit of study 

 Unit of study

 Unit of study

 Unit of study

 1

 1

NTDT5601
Nutritional and Food Science
NTDT5503
Dietary Intake & Nutritional Assessment
NTDT5604
Dietetics Professional Studies
NTDT5602
Methods in Nutrition Research

 

 2

NTDT5305
Food Service Management
NTDT5608
Public Health and Community Nutrition
NTDT5307
Medical Nutrition  

 2 

 1

NTDT5612
Dietetics Training Placement (can be undertaken in Semester 2)

 

 2

NTDT5310
Nutrition Research Project (can also be undertaken in Semester 1)


First year
The first year consists of coursework, lectures, tutorials and practicals, all of which are offered during the day only, and are held at the Camperdown Campus.

The timetable is comprised mostly of normal 9-5 business hours, though there may be some presentations outside these times (in the evening or on weekends.) The presentations are mostly held on the Camperdown Campus in the Charles Perkins Centre, but there may be special workshops at other venues, i.e. The Children’s Hospital Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Second year
The second year of study will commence in late January for students on placement. One semester of second year is devoted to clinical training and the other semester is spent on a small research project. The dates for this program do not follow the undergraduate academic year.

During your placement semester, you will participate in 20 weeks of clinical, community and food service placement training. For the clinical dietetics placement, you are attached to two or more teaching hospitals and their associated centres, where you will be supervised by accredited practising dieticians. The majority of time is spent in the wards or outpatient departments of public hospitals. Six weeks are spent in the community gaining experience in community and public health dietetics and 10 days in food service administration. You may also elect to spend some placement time in the food industry.

During your research semester, you undertake a research project, which may be a small survey, laboratory work, supervised hospital project or a literature review. University and/or external supervisors guide you. The project may be based at the university, a hospital or in the community. You present your findings as both an oral presentation and a written report.

Assessments
Assessments include formal examinations, written assignments and grading of participation in group sessions, practicals and teaching clinics.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Current entry 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 applicant must also have successfully completed the following prerequisite units of study within the last 10 years:

  • 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 applicant must also have successfully completed the following prerequisite units of study within the last 10 years:

  • 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 Grade Point Average (GPA) 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 late November prior to the year of commencement. The second offer round occurs in 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, subject to confirmation from the Australian Government.  

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.

Frequently asked questions

Is my degree equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Sydney?

Your degree must be equivalent to AQF Level 7 and should be completed at a recognised tertiary institution such as a university. Qualifications from colleges, including those of Alternative / Natural Therapies, are generally not considered equivalent.

Your degree must have sufficient Science content (including at the appropriate senior level) to be equivalent to a Bachelor of Science. Generally, this will include at least 96 credit points of Science units of study (including 12 credit points of mathematics and a Science major). 

If you do not have a Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent, you will need to undertake this degree before you can be considered for admission into MND, including all prerequisite units of study. A credit average must be achieved. 

  • Do my units of study satisfy the prerequisites?
    Biology:
     12 credit points of junior biology must be completed. This is typically equivalent to ¼ of a full year load or two units of study undertaken in the first year of an undergraduate science degree. The biology units should have a human focus (e.g. [BIOL1003 or BIOL1008] and BIOL1007). From 2021-intake onwards, the human focus will become a mandatory requirement, i.e. the biology units MUST be human biology. 
  • Chemistry: 12 credit points of junior chemistry must be completed. This is typically equivalent to ¼ of a full year load or two units of study in organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry undertaken in the first year of an undergraduate science degree (e.g. CHEM1101 and CHEM1102). Please note that food chemistry is not accepted.
  • Biochemistry / Molecular Biology: 12 credit points of intermediate or senior biochemistry or molecular biology must be completed. This is typically equivalent to ¼ of a full year load or two units of study undertaken in the second or third year of an undergraduate science degree (e.g. appropriate units include BCHM2071, BCHM2072, MBLG2071, BCMB2001, BCMB2002). Junior units undertaken in first year are not accepted. 
  • Human Physiology: 12 credit points of intermediate or senior human physiology must be completed. This is typically equivalent to ¼ of a full year load or two units of study undertaken in the second or third year of an undergraduate science degree (e.g. PHSI2005 and PHSI2006). Junior units undertaken in first year are not accepted. The physiology units completed must be human focused, not plant or animal. Where applicants have completed multiple units of intermediate or senior exercise physiology, only one exercise physiology unit will be counted towards meeting this requirement.
  • Nutrition Science: 6 credit points of intermediate or senior nutrition science must be completed. This is typically equivalent to 1/8 of a full year load or one unit of study undertaken in the second or third year of an undergraduate science degree (e.g. NUTM3001). Junior units undertaken in first year are not accepted. The nutrition science unit completed must cover energy requirements, macronutrients, micronutrients and life stages.
  • Food Science: 6 credit points of intermediate or senior food science must be completed. This is typically equivalent to 1/8 of a full year load or one unit of study undertaken in the second or third year of an undergraduate science degree (e.g. AGEN2002 and AGEN3004). Junior units undertaken in first year are not accepted. The food science unit completed must cover food processing, food production and food safety.

I have completed a Bachelor of Science degree within the last 10 years with a WAM of 65, but I am missing a few prerequisite units of study. What do I do?
Many applicants have completed a Science degree with a credit average, but unfortunately do not meet the prerequisite units of study (e.g. missing one unit of human physiology and one unit of food science). In such cases, the applicant may be eligible to undertake the outstanding prerequisite units of study as a non-award student at the University of Sydney or at your home university. The outstanding unit would be taken as “Science Undergraduate Non-Degree Study”. All prerequisite units must be completed prior to admission to MND. Under no circumstances will applicants be able to undertake outstanding prerequisite units concurrently with MND. 

I have completed a Bachelor of Science degree and all the necessary prerequisites within the last 10 years with a WAM of 65, but wasn’t made an offer. Why?
These are the minimum admission requirements for entry this course. As entry is very competitive and places are limited, all applicants meeting the minimum admission requirements must also be ranked according to academic merit (WAM). Offers are made to applicants in order of rank, subject to available places in the course. 

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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% 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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