Dietetics - M6002


Professional entry master degree

Are you passionate about health and nutrition and helping others to understand the relationship between them? The Master of Dietetics will enable you to pursue your dream of becoming dietitian, with the opportunity to become accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.

In this postgraduate course you will develop the professional and personal qualities required for dietetic practice in a variety of workplace settings. On campus studies are combined with supervised professional practice placement providing opportunities for you to gain knowledge and skills in clinical practice; an understanding of population health food service, community nutrition and public health nutrition and management experience. Professional practice placements may be in an urban or rural setting.

The Master of Dietetics includes studies in:

  • Personal development and professional practice
  • Determinants and influences of public health and nutrition
  • Nutrition fundamentals of health and disease
  • Food: From science to systems.

You will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop research skills and knowledge relevant to nutrition and dietetic practice underpinning each of the four core areas of the program.

This coursework only Masters degree will provide you with excellent opportunities to develop research skills in preparation for PhD entry.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Duration 1.5 or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements
Start date Second Semester (July)
Qualification Master of Dietetics
Course Handbook

This postgraduate course aims to prepare graduates with the professional and personal qualities required for future dietetic practice in a variety of workplace settings. The course integrates academic teaching and learning with clinical, population health, food service, research and management experience and is undertaken in both academic and professional practice placement settings (e.g., clinical, food service, community nutrition and public health nutrition). Professional practice placements may be in an urban or rural setting.

The objectives of the Master of Dietetics have been classified according to the four themes of the course:

  • Personal development and professional practice
  • Determinants and influences of public health and nutrition
  • Nutrition fundamentals of health and disease
  • Food: From science to systems.

Applied and practical learning experiences will traverse all themes to support the integrated approach to the teaching and learning of this course. The development of skills and knowledge in research relevant and/or applied to nutrition and dietetic practice will underpin each of the four core themes of the program.This coursework only Masters degree provides graduates with excellent opportunities to develop research skills in preparation for PhD entry.

"Upon completion of my Masters of Dietetics I will be qualified to launch my career as a dietitian and there are always new innovative positions and roles emerging for dietitians and nutrition scientists.”

- Melise, Master of Dietetics

"One of the aspects that appealed to me was the opportunity to gain experience being in a hospital and community health setting. Within the first month of starting my master’s degree, I was fortunate enough to get to experience first-hand being in a hospital environment."

- Jessie, current Master of Dietetics student

“By completing this course I will be able to practice as an accredited dietitian. It will provide me with greater opportunities for employment in my field and also greater flexibility."

- Anna, Master of Dietetics

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area for example: biomedical science, science, health sciences, nutrition, food science and exercise science, (equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree). It is expected that your Bachelor degree has been completed in the past 10 years unless you have been assessed as having work experience that faculty considers equivalent to having studied a Bachelor degree in the past 10 years.

To be eligible you need at least a credit (60%) average

The undergraduate degree must include:

Chemistry/Biochemistry 4 units
Biochemistry content with Chemistry (equivalent to 25% of a year study load – 2 units) followed by Biochemistry (equivalent to a 25% year load – 2 units). This content must include fundamentals of molecular biology, macronutrient structure, function and metabolism, cellular metabolism and regulation.

Human Biology & Human Physiology 4 units
Human Physiology content with Human Biology (equivalent to a 25% year study load – 2 units) followed by Human Physiology (25% of a year study load – 2 units)

This content must include systemic human physiology including the eight body systems (immune, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems)

Human Nutrition 1 unit 
(equivalent to 12.5% of a year study load) This must include general principles of nutrition, essential nutrients (food sources, storage and function of macronutrients and micronutrients), principles of energy balance and nutrient analysis of foods.

Research Methods 1 unit
(equivalent to 12.5% of a year study load). This should include fundamentals of study design, data collection methods, data analysis including basic statistics and epidemiology.

A second food /nutrition subject at any level is desirable (e.g. food science, nutrition science, lifespan nutrition).

English entry requirements

Level C
IELTS: 7.0 overall (no band lower than 6.5) TOEFL Paper-based test: 587 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 94 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 24, Listening: 20, Reading: 19 and Speaking: 20 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a Supplementary Information Form, which is available online from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics website and applicants may be required to attend for extra assessment.

Additional information

Immunisation: Students must satisfy the immunisation requirements in order to participate in placements that are compulsory course requirements. It is the student's responsibility to have a satisfactory immunisation status by the end of the First Semester (March) of the Master of Dietetics course.

Monash University is required to inform placement organisations of the immunisation status of all students. If a student does not satisfy the placement organisation's immunisation requirements, it may refuse to accept the student for a placement. A student who is unable to complete all compulsory placements cannot meet the requirements for successful completion of the course.

Students will also be asked to obtain a National Police Certificate (annual requirement) and a Working With Children check on enrolment in the program.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for First Semester (February) entry unless you have completed the Monash University Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree with the required subjects or an equivalent nutrition science degree where credit may be given for units completed that are equivalent to the first semester  units of the Masters program .

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6002

Closing date

applications for this course close on 30 May 2018. Dates are subject to change

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee information specific to this course

Domestic students in this course may apply for Austudy payments from Centrelink / the Department of Human Services. See the Austudy site for details.

*Additional eligibility criteria apply.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.

CRICOS code: 084910M

The course is structured in 2 parts. Part A. Foundational studies for dietetics and Part B. Evidence based dietetics, planning and treatment and C. Dietetic practice. All students complete Parts B and C.  Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.

[Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.]