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Master of  Dietetics Studies

Program code: 5473
CRICOS code: 065374K


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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 graduate 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.

  • Accreditation

    Professional recognition

    Graduates are eligible for accreditation with the Dietitians Association of Australia (including the Accredited Practicing Dietitians program).

  • Teaching spaces

    Excellent facilities

    Benefit from our modern dietetics demonstration space where you will learn how to prepare nutritionally modified meals, deliver community cooking demonstrations, and learn about novel and functional foods, meals and recipes.

  • Alumni
    "The Master of Dietetics Studies program combined the best of two worlds: theory and clinical practice. I was able to learn how to use medical nutrition therapy to treat a disease at the start of the week, and immediately apply this during placement in the same week. Theory classes were made exciting with frequent guest lecturers and practical cooking demonstrations as well. The course deepened my love for dietetics and I am now completing my PhD." Oliver Canfell, Master of Dietetics Studies graduate, PhD student


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • 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 under the 'How to apply' tab.

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 2019 was 4.8.

English Proficiency

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

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.

Learn more about entry requirements

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 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, 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 $47,136
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Dietetics Studies for the 2020 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 (incl. 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]
*Not an exhaustive list of courses.

Before commencing placement courses you will be required to supply a criminal history check and must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card. Evidence may also be required that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. See

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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