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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Master of Dietetics

The Master of Dietetics prepares you to solve widespread health issues through science-based, diet-related treatments. Take a big step towards becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian, and build advanced skills that allow you to improve the health and wellbeing of the individuals and communities you work with.

If your goal is to become an accredited practicing dietitian, why not join a program that has over 40 years of experience developing industry-ready dietitians?

Deakin’s Master of Dietetics explores the important relationship between diet and disease. Accredited by Dietitians Australia (DA) (formerly the Dietitians Association of Australia) and shaped by decades of industry input, this course trains you to prescribe science-based treatments for a wide range of health issues, from obesity and diabetes to allergies and malnutrition. If you’re passionate about improving the wellbeing of the people around you through diet, the Master of Dietetics allows you to cut through misinformation to unlock solutions that are shaped by evidence and tested with scientific rigor.

Combine studies in medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition, and food service management to graduate with a well-rounded set of skills that prepare you for a variety of roles. Your problem-solving abilities, communication skills, and dietetic knowledge will allow you to thrive in community and public health settings. Prefer to work one-on-one with clients? You will feel just as comfortable using your interpersonal skills to develop tailored treatments in a clinical setting that deliver life-changing results.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa Application outcome
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

The prevalence of health issues such as obesity, diabetes, mental illness, and malnutrition has increased the demand for qualified dietitians who can use food as a form of treatment and prevention. So much so that jobs in nutrition and dietetics are set to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

The skills you learn and the practical experiences you are exposed to will set you up to take advantage of this demand. You’ll be able to confidently enter all areas of dietetics, including:

  • clinical (hospital) dietetics
  • community nutrition
  • private practice
  • public health
  • sports nutrition
  • dietetic education and research
  • food service
  • public relations, marketing, communications and media
  • health promotion and policy development.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must hold a three year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant cognate area (for example science, health sciences, nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, allied health, or nursing) within the last 10 years from an approved university or other educational institution.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant cognate area must demonstrate learning in Human Biosciences and Food and Nutrition Science as described below:

  • Biochemistry content with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL);
  • Human Physiology content with Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL)
    • (0.25 EFTSL is equivalent to 2 Deakin credit points)

Applicants are also required to have completed at least 4 units (equivalent to 4 Deakin credit points) of nutrition and food science study covering content relating to principles of nutrition, lifespan nutrition diet, and disease and food science.

Prerequisite Units

As per the Deakin University and DAA guidelines, you must demonstrate that your learning from your bachelor’s degree (or a combination of a bachelor’s degree and postgraduate study) covers Human Biosciences and Food and Nutrition Science, as described below. The relevant Deakin units are also listed.

2 Deakin credit points* (or equivalent) of chemistry (typically in the first year)

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133^
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155

2 Deakin credit points* (or equivalent) of biochemistry (typically in the second year)

  • Biochemistry SLE212
  • Biochemical Metabolism SLE222

2 Deakin credit points* (or equivalent) of human biology (typically in the first year) which can include:

  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102
  • Cells and Genes SLE111

2 Deakin credit points* (or equivalent) of human physiology (typically in the second year)

  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211
  • Integrated Human Physiology HSE208

You are also required to have completed at least 4 credit points* (or equivalent) of human nutrition/food science study covering content relating to:

  • nutrition principles
  • food science
  • lifespan nutrition
  • diet and disease

Our undergraduate units at Deakin which cover nutrition/food science content are:

  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health HSN101
  • The Science of Food HSN104
  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN202
  • Diet and Disease HSN301

Mandatory student checks

In accordance with the Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunization status to satisfy the requirements of health organizations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organization may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunization status is not satisfactory to the health organization.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

  • Course Code: 056059G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  06 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 66900 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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