Graduates will be eligible to apply for the Accredited Practising Dietitian credential following course accreditation with Dietitians Australia.
CDU has received Program Qualification from Dietitians Australia (DA) and has sought advice regarding the processes for the accreditation of the dietetics program. The University is planning to submit an accreditation application within the required timelines, and aiming to achieve accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of students. A graduate of an accredited program is eligible to become a member of DA with dietetics qualifications, and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. Full details of the stages in the DA accreditation process are available at https://dietitiansaustralia.org.au/becoming-a-dietitian-in-australia/accreditation-of-dietetics-education-programs/accreditation-standards-and-processes/ .
All inquiries regarding the progress of the program's accreditation review should be directed to the University's Dietetics Program Coordinator.
Credit transfers and advanced standing
Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
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Non-Commonwealth supported places
Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
Why study allied health services at CDU?
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- Complete a specialist Bachelor/Master double degree in 4 years instead of 5
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- Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
What will I study?
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
|Unit type||Credit Points||Specific requirements|
Compulsory Core units totalling 140 credit points as detailed below:
DET501 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
Research unit totalling 20 credit points as listed below:
NUT602 Nutrition Research Project
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|NUT502 Nutrition Across the Lifecycle||CO|
|NUT505 Public Health Nutrition||CO|
|DET501 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1||CO|
|DET503 Food Systems Management||CO|
|NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment||CO||NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20cp)||CO|
|PHM526 Research Design||CO||DET601 Dietetics Professional Skills (20cp)||CO|
|DET502 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2||CO|
|DET504 Nutrition and Dietetic Counselling||CO|
|DET602 Dietetics Professional Placement 2 (20cp)||CO|
|DET603 Dietetics Professional Placement 3 (20cp)||CO|
The Master of Dietetics is a highly competitive course with a limited number of places. This means that although you may meet the minimum entry requirements for the course, you may not be ranked high enough to receive an offer. Subquotas are in place for First Nation and NT Resident applicants.
> Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in a health-related field (inclusive of biomedical science, science, health sciences, nutrition, food science and exercise science);
> Applicants must have attained a GPA of at least 5.00 in their bachelor degree;
> A brief written statement detailing the following:
- Why you are interested in the field of dietetics;
- Your reasons for undertaking this course;
- Any relevant work experience and skills.
> The completion of specified units undertaken in prior qualifications. This must be evidenced in your transcripts along with unit outlines from the year study was undertaken. Pay close attention to the study order sequence of the units listed below.
- 2 Chemistry units (0.25 EFTSL)
- 2 Biochemistry units (0.25 EFTSL) studied after the completion of your chemistry units
- 2 Human Biology units (0.25 EFTSL)
- 2 Human Physiology units (0.25 ETFSL) studied after the completion of your human biology units
- 2 Food and Nutrition Science units (0.25 EFTSL)
At CDU 0.25 EFTSL is equivalent to 20 credit points.
Prior to commencing work integrated learning, all students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, and Australian Federal Police Record Check. Depending on the requirement of health and education departments, some organisations may also request students to meet immunisation requirements.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing work-integrated learning projects.
English language requirements
To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.
The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.
|IELTS Academic Module||A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.|
|Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)||Test not accepted for this course.|
|Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency||Test not accepted for this course.|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module||A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 across all modules reading, writing, speaking and listening.|
|TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)||A minimum overall score of 94 with a minimum score of 22 in reading, listening, writing and speaking.|
* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.
Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: email@example.com.
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This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
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