Master of Dietetic Practice
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.
Academic entry requirement
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.
English language requirement
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.
The course aims to prepare you for entry-level roles in all areas of dietetics, including patient/client care in hospitals, private practice, community nutrition and public health and food service companies. Dietitians also work in a range of other fields including 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).
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.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
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.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
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:
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