Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Dietitian | Nutritionist | Dietetics Assistant | Nutrition Advisor | Nutrition Counsellor | View All

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Course Rundown

Start a rewarding new career helping people make informed health choices with this Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course from Edith Cowan University.

Designed for students with a background in science, this accredited master’s degree provides the specialised knowledge, skills and experience required to pursue a career in the broad and exciting field of nutrition and dietetics. Accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia, this qualification enabled graduates to join the only nationally recognised program for accredited practising dietitians.

In this course, you’ll learn foundation health science concepts, including food science and systems, nutrition, biochemistry and food service. You’ll graduate able to understand and interpret nutrition science, assess clients’ nutritional needs, conduct research and give dietary advice for general health and specialised requirements, including medical conditions and improved performance.

With a focus on informing practical work with up-to-date and relevant theory, this qualification provides practical learning opportunities in clinical, community and food service work placements. You’ll graduate equipped with the relevant experience, contemporary knowledge and essential skills required to thrive in the exciting and rewarding field of nutrition and dietetics.


You may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate course at ECU if you meet the following:

  • Hold a Bachelor Degree in Science, bioscience or health from a recognised Australian Institution (or equivalent); AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements and any other special admission requirements for the course


In this nutrition course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Nutrients and metabolism
  • Nutritional assessment and anthropometry
  • Public health nutrition
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Applied food science and systems
  • Nutrition research skills
  • Medical nutrition therapy 1
  • Dietetics professional skills
  • Nutrition research project
  • Food service and dietetics management
  • Medical nutrition therapy 2
  • Advanced concepts in nutrition
  • Community placement and evaluation
  • Food service placement and evaluation
  • Individual case management placement and evaluation

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Western Australia: Joondalup

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics from Edith Cowan University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment in the broad field of nutrition and dietetics. You may choose to work in community nutrition, public health, clinical patient care, research and teaching, sports nutrition, nutrition marketing, nutrition journalism, in the food industry, or as a privately practising nutritionist.

This qualification is accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Graduates of this course are eligible to become full members of DAA and to join the Professionally Accredited Practising Dietitian Program.


Curious about where a career in nutrition could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Fees may be paid up-front, or students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the costs of all or part of the fees (eligibility criteria applies).

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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