Master of Dietetic Practice

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Multi-mode
Duration

2 years full-time

Fees (first year)*

$9018 CSP
$33417 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available

Overview

The Master of Dietetic Practice is a 2-year full-time program. Dietetic Practice is the application of the science of food and nutrition across a range of domains to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations. The course combines theory and practice placement across dietetic practice areas including food and nutrition counselling with individuals, food and nutrition education and capacity building with groups, public health nutrition, food production and provision to individuals, communities and populations, entrepreneurial dietetic practice and management, and research. Students will undertake more than 130 days of placement.

Professional experience

Students will complete a minimum of 132 days of practice placement, which includes 15 days ‘engaging with communities’ placement.

All professional experience placements require pre-verification (e.g. police checks, immunisation).

Community engagement

Students undertake a unit ‘Engaging with communities’ where principles of community engagement is integrated within the context of solving food and nutrition problems.

Supervision arrangements

Suitability of supervisors across placements will be assessed by the ACU Master of Dietetic Practice Placement Coordinator. Supervision of competence to practice on placement will be arranged between university academics and placement organisations. Where assessment of competence is conducted during placement, the supervisor needs to be a Full Accredited Practising Dietitian (not provisional).

Accreditation

The Master of Dietetic Practice is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation by Dietitians Australia and has achieved Program Qualification with Dietitians Australia. ACU is planning to submit a Provisional Accreditation and then Full Accreditation application within the required timelines, and aims 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 Dietitians Australia with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Full details of the stages in the Dietitians Australia accreditation process are available at https://dietitiansaustralia.org.au/becoming-a-dietitian-in-australia/accreditation-of-dietetics-education-programs/accreditation-standards-and-processes/   All inquiries regarding the progress of the ACU’s accreditation review should be directed to Associate Professor Sharon Croxford: sharon.croxford@acu.edu.au

Careers

Employment for graduates will be across a range of sectors and depend in part on the interests of the graduate.

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for includes:

  • Acute health services e.g. hospitals
  • Community health services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Private practice/consulting
  • Food and nutrition communication/media
  • Food production and provision
  • National and international health agencies
  • State and federal government health departments
  • Public health nutrition
  • Food industry
  • Food science and technology
  • Food safety and regulation
  • Food research and product development
  • Education sector

Course details

Course structure

To qualify for the Master of Dietetic Practice, a student must complete 140-160 credit points, dependent on pathway, from the Schedule of Unit Offerings:

For students admitted under Admission Requirement A:

Pathway 1 (140 cp)

To qualify for the Master of Dietetic Practice, a student must complete 140 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

a. 80 cp from Specified Units

b. 50 cp from Professional Practice Units

c. 10 cp from International/Community engagement Placement Units

For students admitted under Admission Requirement B:

Pathway 2 (160 cp)

To qualify for the Master of Dietetic Practice, a student must complete 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

a. 80 cp from Specified Units

b. 20 cp from Culinary Nutrition Units

c. 50 cp from Professional Practice Units

d. 10 cp from International/Community engagement Placement Units

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1

Professional Term 2

NUTR500 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science in Practice

Year 1

Semester 1

NUTR501 Contemporary Dietetic Practice Theory and Application

NUTR502 Dietetic Practice with Individuals

NUTR503 Dietetic Practice with Groups

NUTR505 Research in Food Nutrition and Dietetics 1

Year 1

Winter Term

NUTR504 Foods for Special Diets in Practice

Year 1

Semester 2

NUTR600 Individual Case Management Theory and Placement

NUTR601 Entrepreneurial Dietetic Practice

NUTR602 Research in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics 2

Year 2

Summer / Professional Term 2

NUTR603 Engaging with Communities

Year 2

Semester 1

NUTR604 Practice Placement 2

NUTR605 Dietetic Practice and Management

NUTR606 Dietetic Practice through Advocacy and Policy

Year 2

Winter Tem

NUTR603 Engaging with Communities

Year 2

Semester 2

NUTR607 Practice Placement 3

NUTR608 Practice Placement 4

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed 20 cp of Culinary Nutrition Units and 20 cp of Specified Units from the Schedule of Unit Offerings may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Culinary Nutrition Science

Additional course information

The ACU Master of Dietetic Practice is unique for the following reasons:

  • Volume and variety of placement experiences
  • Inclusion of traditional and emerging areas of practice, including culinary nutrition science
  • Engaging with communities and international placement opportunities
  • Focus on solving food and nutrition problems
  • Student-driven evidence of competence to practice 

Overseas study available

International placement will also be offered however these will be voluntary.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

A.  ACU’s Bachelor of Nutrition Science which includes completion of the ACU units NUTR404 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science and NUTR405 Foods for Special Diets, AND one of the following:

i.   a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or

ii.   evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation.

OR

B.   A Bachelor degree in Nutrition (or equivalent) which includes the equivalent of one full-time half year of study (4 study units or equivalent) in:

i. Chemistry followed by Biochemistry; and

ii. Human Biology and Human Physiology; and

iii.  Food and Human Nutrition Science, which must include foundation nutrition, nutrition through the lifespan, food science, and the role of diet in the development and management of chronic disease;

AND one of the following:

a.   a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or

b.   evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

International applicants must also meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

A.  ACU’s Bachelor of Nutrition Science which includes completion of the ACU units NUTR404 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science and NUTR405 Foods for Special Diets, AND one of the following:

  1. a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or
  2. evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation.

 OR

 B.   A Bachelor degree in Nutrition (or equivalent) which includes the equivalent of one full-time half year of study (4 study units or equivalent) in:

  1. Chemistry followed by Biochemistry; and
  2. Human Biology and Human Physiology; and
  3. Food and Human Nutrition Science, which must include foundation nutrition, nutrition through the lifespan, food science, and the role of diet in the development and management of chronic disease;

AND one of the following:

  1. a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or
  2. evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation.

English language requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Overall score 7.0

Individual score of 7.0 in all tests

Pearson Test of English

65 with a minimum of 65 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL)

Internet based total of 94: with a minimum of 27 in writing, 23 in speaking, 24 in reading and 24 in listening

ACU English Language Test

A (75-100%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

Overall CAE score of 185

Individual score of 185 in all tests

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Further study

Graduates of the Master of Dietetic Practice are likely to commence practice however may progress to additional postgraduate study. A Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration are typical, as is further studies in Education.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$9018 CSP
$33417 Fee-paying

  • Indicative only. Subject to passage of legislation.

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester. In the Master of Dietetic Practice, a student studying full-time will normally undertake 90 credit points in their first year, and 70 credit points in their second year.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.
  • The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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