Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences

Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Testamur Title of Degree:

Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Abbreviation:

MSc(Nutr&Diet)

Home Faculty:

Health and Behavioural Sciences

Duration:

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:

96

Delivery Mode:

On-campus

Starting Session(s):

Autumn

Location:

Wollongong

UOW Course Code:

574_2

CRICOS Code:

007054G

Overview

The Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) consists of coursework and practical placements, and develops knowledge and skills required by nutritionists/dietitians working in a variety of community and public health settings, food industry, private practice, hospitals, and other tertiary health care facilities. This course is only available on campus and there are no distance education options.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

A Bachelors degree of at least 3 years duration from a recognised tertiary institution (or equivalent) is required for entry. The degree must incorporate two subjects in metabolic biochemistry at Year 2 level, two subjects in human systems physiology, and four subjects (equivalent to 24 credit points at UOW) in nutritional science subjects across the whole degree.

Entry is highly competitive, and only a limited number of students can be admitted each year. If the number of applicants exceeds the quota, admission will be based primarily on academic qualifications.

Applications are due by the end of September each year and those received earlier in the year are held so that all applications are considered and ranked at the one time. All applicants must submit the Selection Supplement for the Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) together with their course application. Selection is primarily based on academic merit but the applicants' referee reports, educational and work experience are also considered. All applicants can expect to be notified of an outcome by the end of November.

International students are required to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a level of at least 6.0 in all bands in reading and writing, speaking and listening.

Course Requirements

The Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) requires the successful completion of 96 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below.

Note that clinical placement is compulsory in Year 2 of the degree. In order to complete this placement, students must comply with the legal requirements of the NSW Health Department. This requires all staff and students undertaking clinical placements to receive a criminal record clearance and vaccination record status check before employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system. For further information, refer to the Additional Information section.

Subject Code

Subject Name

Session

Credit Points

Year 1

SHS 951

Nutrients and Metabolism*

Autumn

8

SHS 952

Research in Human Nutrition*

Autumn

8

SHS 953

Community and Public Health Nutrition*

Autumn

8

DIET950

Dietetics 1#

Spring

8

DIET955

Research Project in Nutrition & Dietetics

Spring

16

Year 2

DIET951

Dietetics 2

Autumn

8

DIET952

Communication in Health Care Practice

Autumn

8

DIET956

Food Service and Dietetics Management

Autumn

8

DIET954

Practical Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics

Spring

24

* Graduates of the BSc (Nutrition) degree from the University of Wollongong may apply for exemption from these subjects.

# Students who have completed DIET450 Dietetics 1 in the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition) at the University of Wollongong should apply for an Exemption B for this subject (credit for the purpose of meeting course requirements but not for the accrual of credit points) and take DIET957 Major Project 24cp in Spring of Year 1 in place of DIET950 and DIET955.

Credit

Depending on their undergraduate degree, students can apply for credit of up to a maximum of 24 credit points, which would allow completion in 18 months of full-time study.

Professional Recognition

Graduates holding the Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) are eligible for membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), and may be employed as nutritionists/dietitians in Australia and certain overseas countries.

Student Income Support

In 2007, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) announced that it has made provisions to extend student income support (Austudy and Youth Allowance) to students undertaking professionally oriented masters programs.

The Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) has been approved by DEEWR as an eligible Masters programme for Student Income Support.

Students who have queries about their income support eligibility should contact Centrelink on 13 2490 for further information.

Contact Information

A/Prof Philippa Lyons-Wall
Course Coordinator
+61 2 4221 3462
philippa_lyons-wall@uow.edu.au