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Nutrition and Dietetics


Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course title


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

With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria:
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 two semesters of units of study of junior level Chemistry and successful completion of two semesters in each of Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology and Human Physiology at intermediate or senior level.

5 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the table for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.
To qualify for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics a candidate 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.

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 Rule. 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

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2014 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 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, 2019, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.

Course overview

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides professional education for dietitians/nutritionists. It builds on major concepts from the study of human biochemistry and physiology to discuss the roles of all nutrients, nutritional contents of food and food and diet in health and disease. The programme includes all the units of study to ensure dietetics competence can be reached including public health, medical nutrition therapy, food services management, communication, management and research and evaluation.

The course requires two years of full-time work and study. The first year consists of coursework, lectures, tutorials and practicals. In the second year, one semester is devoted to clinical training and the other semester is spent on a small research project. The dates for this course do not follow the undergraduate academic year. The second year commences in late January.

Course outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the graduate will have a sound knowledge base in nutrition and dietetics, possess the skills to improve nutritional status of individuals, families, and the community at large and to modulate the course of illness with dietetics. The graduate will be skilled in basic research and have a lifelong commitment to the pursuit of excellence in professional conduct. Graduates of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics are eligible to apply for admission to a research degree (Doctor of Philosophy).

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Science degree from a recognised tertiary institution and have completed two semesters of study in junior Chemistry, two semesters in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and two semesters in Human Physiology at the intermediate or senior level. This prerequisite is required by the Dietitians Association of Australia. It would be expected that at least junior Biology and Mathematics would also be included in the undergraduate degree. Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements are then ranked according to their academic record with offers made on a competitive basis.

Course Structure

First year: This is an integrated academic year of teaching, practicals and study. All students take the units of study listed below.

Second year: In the second year students undertake a clinical training in hospital, community and food service training placement. The other semester is a research project. During the second year all students are required to attend formal seminars at the University approximately one day per month. The units of study are supervised by a Program Committee in Nutrition and Dietetics, chaired by the Head of School.