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Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Overview

With a solid foundation in science plus a two-year master's degree, the five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the training you need to launch straight into a career in nutrition and dietetics.

For the first time in history, there are more overfed people in the world than underfed people. Statistics such as these are driving our need to train professionals who can help create healthier communities.

Your degree will give you access to eminent dietitians and scientists at the cutting edge of dietetic, nutrition and medical research and practice. Join the most highly regarded and longest running program in nutrition and dietetics in Australia (50 years in 2017). Our teaching is research-driven to ensure you gain exposure to the latest developments and advances in evidence-based dietetics, the science of nutrition, and community and public health nutrition.

Our nutrition science course is distinct among Australian universities: we offer a strong life sciences approach, allowing you to pursue postgraduate research in nutrition or diversify to include specialisations in both human and animal nutrition.

During the Bachelor of Science, you will study biochemistry, molecular biology and human physiology, which are necessary prerequisites for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics program. You will also complete a major in nutrition science.

In the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, your first year will consist of a series of lectures, tutorials and practical classes introducing you to nutritional science, clinical nutrition and dietetics, public health nutrition and more. In your second year, you will participate in hands-on clinical training, and complete a nutrition research project.

You will graduate with a solid knowledge of nutritional science and the expertise to pursue a career as a dietitian in a range of professional settings, in nutrition and nutritional research, and other health-related disciplines.

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

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Subject areas

You are required to complete an embedded Nutrition and Dietetics program including a major in Nutrition Science and a second major or minor either from your faculty options below or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

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What you'll study

This double degree provides a direct pathway from the Bachelor of Science to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

To complete both degrees, you need to complete a total of 240 cp. You will complete your first 144 cp while undertaking a Nutrition Program within the Bachelor of Science. While undertaking the Bachelor of Science, you will also complete mathematics degree core units (12 cp), Open Learning Environment Units (12 cp), electives (12 cp – 24 cp), and either a second major or a minor. You then complete your final 96 cp while enrolled in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You can complete the Bachelor of Science either on a full time basis over three years, or part time over six years. However, you must be enrolled on full time basis while undertaking the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Degree sample: Bachelor of Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Chemistry 1A Chemistry 1B Mathematics Major 2 / Minor
  2 Human Biology From Molecules to Ecosystems Mathematics Major 2 / Minor
2 1 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Integrated Physiology OLE Major 2 / Minor
  2 Proteins in Cells Key Concepts in Physiology OLE Major 2 / Minor
3 1 Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism Core selective, eg: Molecular Biochemistry Major 2 / Elective Major 2 / Minor
  2 Metabolic Cybernetics Food Science Major 2 / Elective Major 2 / Minor
4 (MND) 1 Dietary Intake and Nutrition Assessment Food and Nutrition Science Methods in Nutrition Research Dietetics Professional Studies
  2 Food Service Management Community and Public Health Nutrition Medical Nutrition
5 1 Dietetics Training Placement
  2 Nutrition Research Project

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Candidates need to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in order to be eligible to proceed to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

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.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

Students with a high ATAR may be invited to be a Dalyell Scholar in this 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.

Career Pathways

Examples of careers you can choose after graduating include: 

  • dietitian
  • nutritional researcher
  • hospital nutritionist
  • biochemist
  • food scientist.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate 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 in the course, and the specific units of study in which you 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.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. 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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) - price differentiation


Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

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 Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication 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. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) - price differentiation


The two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed is for students commencing the undergraduate degree as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed is for students commencing the postgraduate degree for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

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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