Nutrition and Dietetics

Course overview

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides professional education for dietitians/nutritionists and is a 2-year full time program. It builds on major concepts from the study of human biochemistry and physiology, nutrition science and food science to discuss the roles of nutrients, foods and dietary patterns in health and disease.

The program includes all the units of study to ensure dietetics competence can be reached including public health, medical nutrition therapy, food service management, communication, management and research and evaluation. The units of study are supervised by a Program Committee in Nutrition and Dietetics, chaired by the Head of School.

Graduates of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply for admission to a research degree (Doctor of Philosophy). The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics 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 accreditation process available on the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) website.

Program Director: Associate Professor Anna Rangan

Course outcomes

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the biological and biochemical sciences within the context of nutrition and dietetics and integrate core concepts and principles across disciplines.
  2. Articulate the methods of science and explain why current knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry.
  3. Attain high-level disciplinary skills and knowledge, ensuring work readiness for employment in a diverse range of nutrition and dietetics environments, including entrepreneurial endeavours.
  4. Critically analyse and solve problems by gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources.
  5. Select and apply practical, conceptual and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to formulate and model problems or conduct an investigation.
  6. Critically appraise and apply evidence-based approaches to the discipline of nutrition and dietetics.
  7. Be effective communicators of reasoning, results, information, or arguments in science, nutrition and dietetics, to a range of audiences, for a range of purpose, and using a variety of modes, utilising behaviour change techniques and marketing strategies to positively influence health outcomes.
  8. Translate foundational and leading-edge food and nutrition science into practical recommendations to facilitate change in attitudes and behaviours to improve health for individuals, groups and populations.
  9. Create knowledge and conduct innovative research to solve significant global health issues and societal problems.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism, life-long learning, ethical practice, effective collaboration and teamwork across interdisciplinary settings.
  11. Effectively interact with people across diverse cultires through appreciation of cultural values and beliefs surrounding food and diet.
  12. Advocate on behalf of individuals, groups and the profession to inspire and positively influence the wider political, social and commercial environment in the context of nutrition and dietetics.
 

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

MANUTDIE-01

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course.

4 Admission to candidature

(1)
With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria:
(2)
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 level Biochemistry and/or Molecular Biology, or equivalent; and
(d)
12 credit points of intermediate or senior level Human Physiology, or equivalent; and
(e)
6 credit points of intermediate or senior level Nutrition Science, or equivalent; and
(f)
6 credit points of intermediate or senior level Food Science or equivalent.

5 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the table for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.
(2)
To qualify for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics a candidate must complete a prescribed program of 96 credit points, including:
(a)
48 credit points of first year units of study; and
(b)
24 credit points being the dietetics training placement; and
(c)
24 credit points being the Nutrition Research Project.

6 Satisfactory progress

Successful completion of the training placement is a requirement of this course. Candidates who fail the training placement once will be identified as not meeting academic progression requirements and become subject to the Progression provisions of the Coursework Policy. Candidates who fail the training placement a second time will be permanently excluded from the course if they cannot show cause. Any further failures in the training placement will result in automatic and permanent exclusion from the course.

7 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2021 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2021 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2021 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2026, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.