Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

309833 v.1 Master of Dietetics


This course is pending registration for International Onshore Students on Student Visas. Please contact the Curtin International Office to determine availability for International students.


The course is designed for practising dietitians who would like to upgrade their dietetic qualification to Masters level. It provides for higher level learning in various areas where dietitians are employed (health promotion, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and cardiovascular units) or involving skills that dietitians require (eg counselling), and encourages dietetic research in the workplace.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are encouraged from applicants and are assessed on an individual basis. Dietitians who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics or equivalent will receive recognition of prior learning up to 200 credits.

Duration and Availability

The course is one and a half years full-time, or one year full-time with the final half-year available as part-time equivalent. International onshore students on student visas are not permitted to study part-time.

Course Organisation

The course is designed to provide specialist training in an area of dietetic practice, for example health promotion, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and cardiovascular units. In addition, a research project in an area associated with the applicant's workplace is undertaken after completing an appropriate unit in epidemiology and biostatistics. In exceptional circumstances, the project may be undertaken outside a clinical setting.

Professional Recognition

Dietitians who undertake this course are participating in continuing education, as required by the Accredited Practising Dietitian program of the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Career Opportunities

Dietitians find work in a variety of areas. This qualification will facilitate training in several specialist areas of dietetics and foster research within these areas.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

303533 v.4   Medicine and Dietetics 581 5.0 25.0
309099 v.1   Dietetic Counselling 581 3.0 25.0
309100 v.1   Food Service 581 4.0 12.5
310088 v.1   Dietetic Practice Techniques 581 3.0 12.5
310091 v.1   Advanced Nutrition Topics 581 5.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

309102 v.2 * Clinical Placement 582 4.0 50.0
310092 v.1   Dietetic Clinical Support 582 3.0 25.0
310093 v.1 # Community and Food Service Placement 582 16.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

13162 v.2   Public Health Nutrition 681 3.0 25.0
309841 v.1   Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition 681 5.0 25.0
13183 v.3   Nutrition Promotion 682 4.0 25.0
13179 v.3   Research Project 650 16.0 50.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 2 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
4858 v.7   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 684 4.0 25.0
6103 v.8   Epidemiology and Biostatistics 582 4.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
306308 v.2   Health Research Methods 781 4.0 25.0
# This unit is full time for 5 weeks
* This unit is full time for 10 weeks


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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