Dietetics

Why study dietetics?

Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They have a key role in the management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergy and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. You will gain practical experience in clinical and other dietetic environments and study chemistry, human biosciences, public health, research, food science, nutrition and dietetics.

A degree in dietetics is essential for practice as a dietitian. To enrol in the two-year Master of Dietetic Practice you must have completed a relevant bachelor degree and meet the prerequisites in biochemistry, physiology and human nutrition.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for dietitians in Australia and overseas. You may work in a range of fields including patient/client care in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes and private practice; community nutrition and public health; food service management; research; teaching and training; management; writing; media; marketing; public relations; and the food industry (including product development, food regulation, safety, consumer nutrition education and nutrition marketing).

Dietitian versus nutritionist?

The difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist

In Australia, there is a distinction between the occupations of dietitian and nutritionist and only those who have completed a recognised course in dietetics can be employed as a dietitian.

Nutrition science involves the role of nutrients in growth, development, health and well-being in humans and animals. Nutritionists apply their knowledge of nutrition science and other sciences such as physiology and biochemistry to promote health and well-being.

A dietitian is also considered a nutritionist because they have studied human nutrition. In addition, dietitians have done specialised studies and supervised professional placements in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, evidence-based practice and food service management. These studies qualify a dietitian to assess nutritional status, make nutritional diagnoses, and implement and monitor nutrition management plans.

Courses

Local students

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2018

Master of Dietetic Practice
Duration :
2 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Dietitians have a key role in the nutrition management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergies and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. Once you have graduated, you will work in all areas of dietetics, including in hospitals, private practice, community health and the food industry.
Professional recognition
The Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Graduates of the Master of Dietetic Practice may apply for membership with the DAA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in a health or science related area, completed within the last five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience). Subject prerequisites in the Bachelor's degree or postgraduate course, or taken as single subject (non-award) studies are:
- Two full semester subjects of human physiology at second year tertiary level or higher
- Two full semester subjects of biochemistry at second year tertiary level or higher
- Two full semester subjects of human nutrition science at any tertiary level.

Note: Each subject must be equivalent to at least 0.125 Effective Full-time Study Unit (EFTSU). Prerequisite subjects specified to be at second year tertiary level or higher must be at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 or higher or equivalent.

Biochemistry studies must have included fundamentals of molecular biology, protein structure and function, cellular metabolism and regulation, energy and macronutrient metabolism.

Physiology studies must have included systemic physiology and/or pathophysiology, including homeostatic mechanisms and at least six of the following eight systems: body defences (immune system), gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems.

Nutrition science must have included macronutrients and micronutrients (food sources, metabolism, storage and function), principles of energy balance, nutrient analysis of foods and aetiology of nutrition-related diseases.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants must download and complete the Supplementary Information Form and submit it alongside subject outlines for completed studies in prerequisite subjects.

Successful applicants: students must comply with the Clinical and Professional Placements Policy (see institutional page).
Subject bonus

Fee amount
$33,400 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. A kitchen chemistry and safety kit will cost approximately A$120. A National Police Check will cost approximately A$15.50 per year, and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional placements in clinical and community settings in this course.
Additional information
All applicants are required to provide specific information in the Supplementary Form before the closing date. See the How to Apply section for the form and closing date.

No deferral is available for this course. Classes, placement attendance and/or assessments may take place outside of the normal teaching periods for semester 1 and semester 2.

Applicants may be required to undertake a bridging program prior to the commencement of the course, depending on content and scope of prior study.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2018 are now closed.

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Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2018

Master of Dietetic Practice (071313F)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
37 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2018
About this course
Dietitians have a key role in the nutrition management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergies and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. Once you have graduated, you will work in all areas of dietetics, including in hospitals, private practice, community health and the food industry.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 20; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE):
Minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE):
A grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.
Academic entry requirements
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree, completed in the past five years (or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent).

Prerequisites include two, semester-long subjects at the second year level or higher of a tertiary program in both human physiology and biochemistry, plus two semester-long subjects in human nutrition at any level.

Each subject must be equivalent to at least 0.125 Effective Full-time Study Units (EFTSU). Prerequisite subjects specified to be at second-year tertiary level or higher must be at or higher than Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 or equivalent.
Biochemistry studies must have included fundamentals of molecular biology, protein structure and function, cellular metabolism and regulation, energy and macronutrient metabolism.

Previous physiology studies must have included systemic physiology and or pathophysiology including homeostatic mechanisms and at least six of the following systems: body defences (immune system), gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems.

Previous nutrition science studies must include macronutrients and micronutrients (food sources, metabolism, storage and function), principles of energy balance, nutrient analysis of foods and aetiology of nutrition-related diseases.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. A kitchen chemistry and safety kit will cost approximately A$120. A National Police Check will cost approximately A$15.50 per year, and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional placements in clinical and community settings in this course.
Additional information
Applicants must also submit a supplementary form [PDF 698KB].
Professional recognition
The Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Graduates of the Master of Dietetic Practice may apply for membership with the DAA. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Am I eligible to apply?

Complete the Self Assessment Checklist [PDF 194KB]

Your study experience

Dietetics placements

You will undertake supervised professional placements in a variety of dietetic workplaces, including clinical environments such as hospitals; community and public health and food service. The third and particularly the fourth year of the course include a total 24-26 weeks full-time professional placement. During placement students will be exposed to men and women, at different stages through the lifespan from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds in different states of health and disease including mental health and palliative care. You may see patients/clients/carers in distress, pain or experiencing grief. You must have a willingness to learn about and work with students, teachers and clients who may be different from themselves. Many of our clinical placement partners require that you receive preventative vaccinations prior placement to protect both themselves and their clients.

Teaching in the last 18 months takes place in a range of sites including University Clinical Schools. Placements are located throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria and in some cases you may have the opportunity to take a placement interstate. Travel and accommodation costs associated with placement are your responsibility. In the case of regional and rural placements you may apply for competitive scholarships.

Alternative pathways

If you do not meet the prerequisites for the Master of Dietetic Practice, you may take the necessary units as single subjects with us or another university.

For more information on practising as a dietitian, see the Dietitians Association of Australia.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

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