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Overview

With a solid foundation in science plus a two-year master's degree, the five-year Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics provides the training you need to launch straight into a career in nutrition and dietetics.

For the first time ever, there are more overfed people in the world than underfed people. Statistics such as these are driving our need to train professionals who can help create healthier communities.

Your degree will give you access to eminent dietitians and scientists at the cutting edge of dietetics, nutrition and medical research and practice. Join the most highly regarded and longest running program in nutrition and dietetics in Australia (50 years in 2017). Our program is research-driven to ensure you gain exposure to the latest developments and advances in evidence-based dietetics, the science of nutrition, and community and public health nutrition.

Our nutrition science course is distinct among Australian universities: we offer a strong life sciences approach, allowing you to pursue postgraduate research in nutrition or diversify to include specialisations in both human and animal nutrition.

During the Bachelor of Science, you will study biochemistry, molecular biology and human physiology, which are necessary prerequisites for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics. You will also complete a major in nutrition science.

In the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics, your first year will consist of a series of lectures, tutorials and practical classes introducing you to nutritional science, clinical nutrition and dietetics, public health nutrition and more. In your second year, you will participate in hands-on clinical training, and complete a nutrition research project.

You will graduate with a solid knowledge of nutritional science and the expertise to pursue a career as a dietitian in a range of professional settings, in nutrition and nutritional research, and other health-related disciplines.

This program is currently accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). A graduate of this program is eligible to become a full member of DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DAA accreditation process available on the DAA website

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.

Subject areas

You are required to complete an embedded Nutrition and Dietetics program including a major in Nutrition Science and a second major or minor either from your faculty options below or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

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How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

This double degree provides a direct pathway from the Bachelor of Science to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

To complete both degrees, you need to complete a total of 240 cp. You will complete your first 144 cp while undertaking a Nutrition Program within the Bachelor of Science. While undertaking the Bachelor of Science, you will also complete mathematics degree core units (12 cp), Open Learning Environment Units (12 cp), electives (12 cp – 24 cp), and either a second major or a minor. You then complete your final 96 cp while enrolled in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

You can complete the Bachelor of Science either on a full time basis over three years, or part time over six years. However, you must be enrolled on full time basis while undertaking the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

Candidates need to complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in order to be eligible to proceed to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Chemistry 1A Chemistry 1B Mathematics Major 2 / Minor
  2 Human Biology From Molecules to Ecosystems OLE Major 2 / Minor
2 1 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Integrated Physiology Mathematics Major 2 / Minor
  2 Proteins in Cells Key Concepts in Physiology OLE Major 2 / Minor
3 1 Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism Core selective, eg: Molecular Biochemistry Major 2 / Elective Major 2 / Minor
  2 Metabolic Cybernetics Food Science Major 2 / Elective Major 2 / Minor
4 (MND) 1 Dietary Intake and Nutrition Assessment Food and Nutrition Science Methods in Nutrition Research Dietetics Professional Studies
  2 Food Service Management Community and Public Health Nutrition Medical Nutrition
5 1 Dietetics Training Placement
  2 Nutrition Research Project

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Students with a high ATAR may be invited to be a Dalyell Scholar in this course.

 

Professional accreditation

This program is currently accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). A graduate of this program is eligible to become a full member of DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DAA accreditation process available on the DAA website.

Career Pathways

Graduates can enter into a range of roles, including:
  • Dietitian-nutritionist
  • Private practice or primary care dietitian
  • Consultant dietitian
  • Community dietitian-nutritionist
  • Food service dietitian
  • Corporate nutrition
  • Nutrition researcher
  • Hospital dietitian
  • Nutrition communication

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