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Learn how to promote healthy food choices and apply current research and innovative approaches to treat a range of health conditions by completing a Master of Dietetics at Victoria University.

Dietitians are experts in how food and nutrition affect the body in health and illness. They play a crucial role in preventing and managing disease by providing tailored, evidence-based nutrition advice in acute healthcare, community and corporate settings.

During your Master of Dietetics, you will learn to assess clients, diagnose nutritional problems, and apply and monitor interventions. With these skills, you will be equipped to support the management of a variety of diseases, and improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages.

With 100 days of professional practice placement in hospital and community settings, you will graduate well-prepared to begin your career. You'll have the clinical, research and business skills to successfully navigate the rapidly changing nutrition and health needs of the population.

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During the masters program, you will complete at least 100 days of professional practice placement with our partner organisations, in medical nutritional therapy, community and public health nutrition, and food service – meeting the competencies required to practise as a dietitian.

You'll also complete a research project investigating cutting-edge nutritional concepts and their application to practice.

The University has received Program Qualification from the Dietitians Australia (DA) and has sought advice regarding the processes for the accreditation of the dietetics program. The University is planning to submit an accreditation application within the required timelines and is aiming to achieve accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of students.

A graduate of an accredited program is eligible to become a member of DA with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Full details of the stages in the DA accreditation process are available on the DA website. All inquiries regarding the progress of the program’s accreditation review should be directed to the University’s Dietetics Program Coordinator.

Dietitians practise in a range of areas, including:

  • private clinics
  • acute and community public healthcare
  • health promotion
  • nutrition education
  • corporate and food industry
  • research positions.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice – online and in-person – and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

Careers in dietetics

A graduate of an accredited program is eligible to become a member of DA with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Dietitians practise in a range of areas, including:

  • private clinics
  • public health care
  • health promotion
  • nutrition education
  • research positions.

Course structure

To attain the Master of Dietetics, students are required to complete:

  • 192 credit points of Core studies.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate safe, effective and professional practice in line with the Dietetic National Competency Standards, and within ethical and legal frameworks including the Dietetic Code of Professional Conduct, and Statement of Ethical Practice;  
  2. Apply an evidence-based and highly developed knowledge of human biosciences, food and nutrition science, health and disease, food and food preparation methods to develop and deliver, client-centred strategies and recommendations to improve health and food choices of individuals, groups and/or populations across a range of practice settings;  
  3. Apply the principles of scientific inquiry and critical evaluation to review the literature, obtain and apply information for effective evidence-based dietetic practice;  
  4. Apply appropriate methodologies in research, evaluation and quality improvement to undertake a project relevant to nutrition and dietetics, and disseminate the results;  
  5. Collaborate with and empower clients and stakeholders, using a range of communication and other interpersonal skills necessary for effective dietetic practice and the translation of scientific research on nutrition, health and disease into practical advice. for clients and colleagues;  
  6. Demonstrate the ability to build relationships and work collaborative with colleagues within and across disciplines in a range of settings, acting as a resource and promoting the profession of nutrition and dietetics; and  
  7. Demonstrate reflection on, and learning from practice, and recognise the need for continued professional development.  

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Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

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Entry requirements

1. Successful completion of a relevant 3 year bachelor degree* (min) in a health related discipline, this will include
1.1 Chemistry/Biochemistry - including Chemistry (equivalent to 25% of a year study load) followed by Biochemistry (equivalent to a 25% year load). This content must include fundamentals of molecular biology, macronutrient structure, function and metabolism, cellular metabolism and regulation.
1.2 Human Biology & Human Physiology - Human Physiology content with Human Biology (equivalent to a 25% year study load) followed by Human Physiology (25% of a year study load) This content must include systemic human physiology including the eight body systems (immune, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems)
1.3 Human Nutrition and Food Science (equivalent to 25% of a year study load) - This must include general principles of nutrition, essential nutrients (food sources, storage and function of macronutrients and micronutrients), principles of energy balance and nutrient analysis of foods.
2. In addition, applicants are required to have:
2.1 completed their degree in the last 10 years or have undertaken subsequent Postgraduate studies*
2.2 obtained a minimum 65% GPA across their whole course.
*If students completed their degree more than 10 years ago, they may be considered on the basis of recent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience.

Applicants are required to provide academic transcripts and meet the prerequisite subject requirements with their application. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

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If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course chair or academic adviser.

Additional information

Students will be required to complete a National Police Records check prior to practice placements, and on an annual basis thereafter. All students must also have a Working with Children check prior to placements.

Students must be prepared to declare their fitness to practice which will include physical and psychological health and have relevant immunisations prior to commencing placements.

Students must notify the university immediately of any changes to their status in relation to these.

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