La Trobe University

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietitian through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimising sports performance.

Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with an elective in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.

In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.

You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. 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.

Special consideration

A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice has provisional accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and 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.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

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Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for a name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however an LTU branded badge must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remains the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more

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.