Course structure

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics requires two years of full-time work and study.
View a study plan.

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 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 commences in late January. Semester one is devoted to clinical training and semester two is spent on a small research project. The dates for this program do not follow the undergraduate academic year.

In semester one, 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 semester two, 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.

Study plan

To qualify for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, you must complete a prescribed program of 96 credit points (cp), 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

Study plan for Master of Nutrition and Dietetics:

FIRST YEAR
Semester 1
CORE:
NTDT5601
(6cp)
Nutritional and Food Science
CORE:
NTDT5503
(6cp)
Dietary Intake & Nutritional Assessment
CORE:
NTDT5604
(6cp)
Dietetics Professional Studies
CORE:
NTDT5602
(6cp)
Methods in Nutrition Research
Semester 2
CORE:
NTDT5305
(6cp)
Food Service Management
CORE:
NTDT5608
(6cp)
Public Health and Community Nutrition
CORE:
NTDT5307
(12cp)
Medical Nutrition
SECOND YEAR
Semester 1
CORE:
NTDT5612
(24cp)
Dietetics Training Placement
Semester 2
CORE:
NTDT5310
(24cp)
Nutrition Research Project

Assessments

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