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MDietSt Dietetics Studies

Catalog id : 5473
 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
1.5 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
40512 AUD
National
24640 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Department
Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)87
TOEFL-PBT (min)570

About this course

This program will prepare students for eligibility as an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia. There is a growing demand for qualified dietitians in both Australia and overseas due to an increasing awareness of the importance of food and nutrition in health and disease prevention.

This program is designed for students with a background in nutrition science, public health nutrition, biochemistry, physiology and statistics. During the course students will develop practical skills and knowledge in how to apply the art and science of human nutrition in the prevention and treatment of medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity and infectious diseases. Students also develop the skills and knowledge to help people understand food and health relationships, enabling them to make better food choices to get the most out of their lifestyles.

Students can choose from a diverse range of courses and explore advanced topics and practices in dietetics and nutrition, such as mental health, rural health, paediatrics and private practice. If research is their passion, students can pursue this in their final semester and complete an innovative project alongside leading international researchers. Students will also have the potential to contribute to the published scientific literature.

Placement courses:

Students 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 their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting.

Students will commence their clinical placements in semester two of the program. During the third and final semester students will undertake their final two major clinical placements.Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily.

Careers:

On graduation from this program you will be well positioned to take up employment in a variety of roles including work as a:

  • hospital dietitian
  • community nutritionist
  • public health nutritionist
  • sports dietitian
  • food industry dietitian
  • researcher
  • private practitioner in dietetics
  • food service administration

Professional memberships:

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Dietitians Association of Australia

Accreditation body:

  • Dietitians Association Of Australia

While this degree may be accredited by an official industry accreditation body in Australia, completion of the degree may not result in graduates receiving automatic accreditation. Students can contact the relevant registration body for details of any conditions for accreditation.

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Eligibility Criteria

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • 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). Entry is competitive based on GPA.

 For International students:

  • 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). Entry is competitive based on GPA.
  • IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 7 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening)

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 7 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).
  • TOEFL (Paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): 570 (5.0 in TWE (written), and 54 in reading & listening).

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Course Modules

      Course Code Course Title       

      Semester 1:

  • DIET7101 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
  • DIET7102 Professional Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
  • DIET7103 Interviewing & Counselling for Dietetics Practice
  • DIET7104 Applied Food Sciences for Dietetics

      Semester 2:

  • DIET7201 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
  • DIET7202 Professional Practice in Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
  • DIET7203 Food and Nutrition Service Management
  • DIET7204 Professional Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics 3

      Semester 3:

  • DIET7301 Evidence Based Practice in Dietetics
  • DIET7303 Professional Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics 4

AND

       Practice Focus :

  • DIET7304 Professional Practice in Nutrition and Dietetics 5
  • PUBH7600 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PUBH7620 Social Perspectives in Population Health
  • PUBH7630 Introduction to Biostatistics

OR 

       Research Focus :

  • DIET7302 Research Project

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.This program has limited intake capacity.

Additional application requirements:

  • For international students:

          Prior approved studies must include:

    • 4 units in EACH of public health nutrition (UQ Courses = NUTR3011 + NUTR3012) and nutrition science (UQ Courses = NUTR2101 + NUTR3201) at 2000 level or higher
    • 4 units of physiology at 2000 level or higher or equivalent (this means that there needs to be a 4 semester sequence in anatomy/physiology). There are several pathways to the second level courses (UQ Courses = [BIOM2012 or BIOM2015] + [BIOM2011 or PHYL2730])
    • 2 units in EACH of research methods including statistical component (UQ course = HMST3846), behavioural science (UQ course = PSYC1030 or equivalent) and food sciences of commodities (UQ course = FOOD2000)
    • 8 units in chemistry/biochemistry including 4 units of biochemistry at 2000 level or higher (UQ courses = [CHEM1090 or CHEM1010 or CHEM1100] + [CHEM1020 or CHEM1200 or CHEM1021 or CHEM1221 or CHEM1022 or CHEM1222] + BIOC2000 + [BIOL3230 or BIOC3006])
    • This program may have inherent requirements that need to be met prior to undertaking placement.
    • Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation against blood-borne transmissible viruses or other diseases, as outlined further in the School's immunisation schedule.
    • Students must obtain at the commencement of the program and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue card.
  •  For national students:

           Prior approved studies must include:

    • 4 units in EACH of public health nutrition (UQ Courses = NUTR3011 & NUTR3012) and nutrition science (UQ Courses = NUTR2101 & NUTR3201) at 2000 level or higher
    • 4 units of physiology at 2000 level or higher or equivalent (this means that there needs to be a 4 semester sequence in anatomy/physiology). There are several pathways to the second level courses (UQ Courses = [BIOM2012 or BIOM2015] + [BIOM2011 or PHYL2730])
    • 2 units in EACH of research methods (including statistical component) (UQ course = HMST3846), behavioural science (UQ course = PSYC1030 or equivalent) and food sciences of commodities (UQ course = FOOD2000)
    • 8 units in chemistry/biochemistry including 4 units of biochemistry at 2000 level or higher (UQ courses = [CHEM1090 or CHEM1010 or CHEM1100] + [CHEM1020 or CHEM1200 or CHEM1021 or CHEM1221 or CHEM1022 or CHEM1222] + BIOC2000 + [BIOL3230 or BIOC3006])
    • Domestic students in the MDietSt may be eligible for income support and should contact Centrelink.
    • This program may have inherent requirements that need to be met prior to undertaking placement.
    • Students are required to provide evidence of immunisation against blood-borne transmissible viruses or other diseases, as outlined further in the School's immunisation schedule.
    • Students must obtain at the commencement of the program and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue card.
    • 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.

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