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Master of  Dietetics Studies

Program code: 5473

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Gain a deeper understanding of nutrition to become an accredited practicing dietitian with the Master of Dietetics Studies.

  • This 18-month program is designed for applicants who have an approved degree and who have completed undergraduate-level study in biochemistry, physiology, biology, research, and nutrition. See 'Program details' for entry requirements.
  • Learn how to manage medical conditions and enhance general wellbeing through diet. Courses combine knowledge with practical and professional skills, with topics including applied food science, medical nutrition therapy, management, and more.
  • Be confident and job-ready with 850 hours of supervised placement. Placements begin from your first semester and are designed to help you meet national standards for accreditation with the Dietitians Association of Australia.
  • Choose to complete a research project in your final semester. You will work alongside international researchers to complete all aspects of an innovative project and potentially contribute to published scientific literature.

Through the art and science of human nutrition, you can help people improve their health and wellbeing by changing their diet.

  • Research

    Expertise in innovation

    Our researchers focus on the major practice areas of dietetics. This includes medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, food and nutrition service management, and the emerging field of functional nutrition therapy. 

  • Employability

    In high demand

    The Australian Department of Employment projects a 37.1 per cent increase in job growth for nutrition professionals from 2016 – 2020. You will be in high demand with employers due to your in-depth knowledge and hands-on, practical skills.

  • Beyond the classroom
    “My most memorable placement was at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. I had a lot of chances to learn from my supervisor and peers, and every day I was able to talk to at least two or more patients about their health and diet.” Yat Kan (Tom), Master of Dietetics Studies student, Hong Kong
  • Alumni

    Caitlin shares her experience in the Master of Dietetics Studies

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Dietetics Studies typically work across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors as:

  • clinical dietitians
  • community nutritionists
  • public health nutritionists
  • sports dietitians
  • food industry dietitians
  • researchers
  • private practitioners
  • nutrition communicators
  • food service dietitians.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in UQ's vibrant sporting culture

    UQ is home to Olympic-standard recreational and sporting facilities, including an aquatic centre, an athletics centre, a fitness centre, and tennis courts. UQ Sport also organises a range of different sports and activities, from AFL and canoeing to triathlon and yoga.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


The Master of Dietetics Studies is focused on dietetics only.

Applicants must have an approved degree and have completed tertiary studies in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition to meet the national standards accreditation requirements for dietetics (see additional application information).

Entry is competitive based on GPA with a limited intake capacity.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2018 was 5.25.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Dietetics Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Dietetics Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake approximately 850 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals, community nutrition units, aged care facilities and other public and private organisations. During placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

On campus you will gain practical, hands-on experience in UQ's modern dietetics demonstration space. Here you will learn about novel and functional foods, meals and recipes, how to cook nutritionally modified meals and deliver community cooking demonstrations.

Clinical placements commence in semester two of the program. During the third and final semester you will undertake your final two major clinical placements.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

Accreditation body

The Master of Dietetics Studies is accredited by:

  • Dietitians Association Of Australia

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Dietetics Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,220
Indicative fee 2019

An "indicative annual fee" is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Dietetics Studies at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Dietetics Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Dietetics Studies is 5473. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Prior approved studies must include:
PrerequisiteUnitsUQ equivalent course(s)
Public health nutrition at 2000 level or higher4NUTR3011 & NUTR3012
Nutrition at 2000 level or higher4NUTR2101 & NUTR3201
Human Physiology/Biology (incl. 4 units in human physiology) at 2000 level or higher

(4 semester sequence in anatomy/physiology must be demonstrated)

8[(BIOM1000 + ANAT1000) or (BIOL1020 + BIOL1040) or (BIOM1050 + (PHYL1007 or ANAT1005))] + [BIOM2011 or PHYL2730] + [BIOM2012 or BIOM2015]
Research methods (including statistical component)2HMST3846
Behavioural science2PSYC1030
Food sciences in commodities2FOOD2000
Chemistry/Biochemistry (incl. 4 units in biochemistry) at 2000 level or higher

(4 semester sequence in biochemistry must be demonstrated)

8[CHEM1010 or CHEM1090 or CHEM1100] + [CHEM1020 or CHEM1021 or CHEM1022 or CHEM1200 or CHEM1221 or CHEM1222] + BIOC2000 + [BIOL3230 or BIOC3006]

Domestic students in the MDietSt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Dietetics Studies is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - October 31 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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