Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

General

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Program Description

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A pathway to the profession of dietetics, this coursework Masters integrates theoretical and practical components across clinical dietetics, food service, community and public health and research.

Students are trained to understand and interpret nutrition science, assess nutritional needs, conduct research and give dietary advice for general health and specialised requirements, including medical conditions and improved performance.

Graduates are eligible to become full members of the Dietitians Association of Australia and join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Programme. APD is the only credential recognised in Australia by the government and many private health insurers.

Students can choose from two undergraduate courses that offer a pathway to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics: the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition Bioscience Major), or the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) with a recommended set of electives. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) are also eligible to register with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), gaining an opportunity for dual accreditation (ESSA and APD).

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 8)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

All applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in human bioscience, science or health with a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or higher. The Bachelor degree must include Biochemistry and Human Physiology content, with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL), and Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL).

Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

English Language requirements (Band 5)

International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 6.5). Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

  • Bachelor degree from an approved country;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years of relevant professional experience.

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Course Details

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Trimester 1 (January - April)

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUT5112 Nutrients and Metabolism 15
NUT5113 Nutritional Assessment and Anthropometry 15
NUT5114 Public Health Nutrition 15
NUT5115 Nutritional Biochemistry 15

Year 1 - Trimester 2 (May-August)

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUT5116 Applied Food Science and Systems 15
NUT6100 Nutrition Research Skills 15
NUT6101 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 15
NUT6102 Dietetics Professional Skills 15

Note: Students are required to enrol in NUT6101 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 and NUT6102 Dietetics Professional Skills in the same trimester.

Year 1 - Trimester 3 (September - December)

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUT6103 Nutrition Research Project 15
NUT6104 Food Service and Dietetics Management 15
NUT6105 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 15
NUT6106 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition 15

Year 2 - Semester 1 (January - June)

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUT6107 Community Placement and Evaluation 15
NUT6108 Food Service Placement and Evaluation 15
NUT6109 Individual Case Management Placement and Evaluation 30

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive and creative skills to demonstrate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic situations.
  • Apply communication, collaboration and advocacy skills to design innovative solutions in professional practice contexts.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural and ethnical diversity and values.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of nutrition, dietetic and nutrition science knowledge, research principles and evidence-based practice to demonstrate mastery of professional practice.
  • Use high-level judgement and self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute strategic projects and operate in dynamic professional environments.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

Career Opportunities

Graduates can work across a variety of areas such as clinical patient care, community nutrition and public health, institutional food service, food industry, research and teaching, nutrition marketing and journalism, sports nutrition and consultancy/private practice.

Last updated May 2020

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