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Master of Dietetics Studies

Overview

Gain a deeper understanding of nutrition to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

This 1.5 year full-time program will prepare you for eligibility as an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

You'll gain extensive knowledge of the art and science of human nutrition and its role in the prevention and treatment of medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases. You'll also develop the practical skills required to help people understand food and health relationships, enabling them to make better food choices to get the most out of their lifestyles.

If research is your passion, you can pursue this in your final semester and complete an innovative project alongside leading international researchers. You will also have the potential to contribute to published scientific literature.

You'll undertake approximately 850 hours of supervised clinical practice in hospitals, community centres, aged care facilities, the food industry and other organisations. You'll 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'll gain practical, hands-on experience in UQ’s modern dietetics demonstration space. Here you'll learn about novel and functional foods, meals and recipes, discover how to cook nutritionally modified meals and deliver community cooking demonstrations.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5473
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$47136 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5473
CRICOS Code
065374K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Be confident and job-ready with 850 hours of supervised industry placement.
  • Apply your skills and knowledge to real life practice from your first semester.
  • Choose to complete a research project and build the foundations of your professional reputation.
  • Be in high demand with employers in the rapidly growing nutrition sector through your in-depth knowledge and practical skills.

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Medical nutrition therapy 1
  • Interviewing and counselling for dietetics practice
  • Applied food sciences for dietetics
  • Evidence based practice in dietetics

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Dietitian
  • Clinical dietitian
  • Community nutritionist
  • Food industry dietitian
  • Food service dietitian
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports dietitian
  • Researcher

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Dietetics Studies is accredited by:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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 language requirements

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Prior approved studies must include: table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse:collapse}
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.

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

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 habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

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.

Additional application information

Prior approved studies must include: table,th,td{border:1px solid black;border-collapse:collapse}
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 habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Dietetics Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $47,136

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $28,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Dietetics Studies at 2020 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit