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Master On Campus Blended

Dietetic Practice

Australian Catholic University

24 months
35320 AUD/year
29704 AUD/year
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The Master of Dietetic Practice from Australian Catholic University is a 2-year full-time program. Dietetic Practice is the application of the science of food and nutrition across a range of domains to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations. 

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The Dietetic Practice course from Australian Catholic University combines theory and practice placement across dietetic practice areas including food and nutrition counselling with individuals, food and nutrition education and capacity building with groups, public health nutrition, food production and provision to individuals, communities and populations, entrepreneurial dietetic practice and management, and research. 

Students will undertake more than 130 days of placement. Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to become Accredited Practising Dietitians with Dietitians Australia.

Professional experience

Students will complete a minimum of 132 days of practice placement, which includes 15 days ‘engaging with communities’ placement.

All professional experience placements require pre-verification (e.g. police checks, immunisation).

Community engagement

Students undertake a unit ‘Engaging with communities’ where principles of community engagement is integrated within the context of solving food and nutrition problems.

Supervision arrangements

Suitability of supervisors across placements will be assessed by the ACU Master of Dietetic Practice Placement Coordinator. Supervision of competence to practice on placement will be arranged between university academics and placement organisations. Where assessment of competence is conducted during placement, the supervisor needs to be a Full Accredited Practising Dietitian (not provisional).


Graduates of this program will be eligible to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), therefore will be able to apply for positions requiring APDs as well as those requiring nutrition science qualification. Employment for graduates will be across a range of sectors and depend in part on the interests of the graduate.

Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for includes:

  • Acute health services e.g. hospitals
  • Community health services
  • Aged care facilities
  • Private practice/consulting
  • Food and nutrition communication/media
  • Food production and provision
  • National and international health agencies
  • State and federal government health departments
  • Public health nutrition
  • Food industry
  • Food science and technology
  • Food safety and regulation
  • Food research and product development
  • Education sector


The Master of Dietetic Practice is designed to meet the requirements for accreditation by Dietitians Australia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science in Practice
  • Contemporary Dietetic Practice Theory and Application
  • Dietetic Practice with Individuals
  • Dietetic Practice with Groups
  • Foods for Special Diets in Practice
  • Entrepreneurial Dietetic Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


140 alternative credits



On Campus, Blended

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ACU’s Bachelor of Nutrition Science which includes completion of the ACU units NUTR404 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science and NUTR405 Foods for Special Diets, AND one of the following:
  • a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or
  • evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation OR
  • A Bachelor degree in Nutrition (or equivalent) which includes the equivalent of one full-time half year of study (4 study units or equivalent) in:
  • Chemistry followed by Biochemistry; and
  • Human Biology and Human Physiology; and
  • Food and Human Nutrition Science, which must include foundation nutrition, nutrition through the lifespan, food science, and the role of diet in the development and management of chronic disease;
  • AND one of the following:
  • a grade point average (GPA) of at least 4.6 on the ACU 7 point scale; or
  • evidence of relevant industry experience for at least one year post-Bachelor graduation.

Tuition Fee

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    35320 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 35320 AUD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    29704 AUD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29704 AUD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
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