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Master of  Dietetics Studies

Program code: 5473
CRICOS code: 065374K


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

Why study the Master of Dietetics Studies

This program will prepare you for eligibility as an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia. There is a growing demand for qualified dietitians in both Australia and overseas due to an increasing awareness of the importance of food and nutrition in health and disease prevention. You also develop the skills and knowledge to help people understand food and health relationships, enabling them to make better food choices to get the most out of their lifestyles.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Dietetics Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application 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.

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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,544
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Dietetics Studies for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit 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.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Dietetics Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

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 or CHEM2003
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]

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.

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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