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What will I learn?

A pathway to the profession of dietetics, this coursework Masters integrates theoretical and practical components across clinical dietetics, food service, community and public health and research.

Students are trained to understand and interpret nutrition science, assess nutritional needs, conduct research and give dietary advice for general health and specialised requirements, including medical conditions and improved performance.

Graduates are eligible to become full members of the Dietitians Association of Australia and join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program. APD is the only credential recognised in Australia by the government and many private health insurers.

Students can choose from two undergraduate courses that offer a pathway to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics: the Bachelor of Science (Nutrition Bioscience Major), or the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) with a recommended set of electives. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) are also eligible to register with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), gaining an opportunity for dual accreditation (ESSA and APD).

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply cognitive and creative skills to demonstrate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic situations.
  • Apply communication, collaboration and advocacy skills to design innovative solutions in professional practice contexts.
  • Demonstrate global outlook with respect for cultural and ethical diversity and values.
  • Reflect critically on a complex body of nutrition, dietetic and nutrition science knowledge, research principles and evidence-based practice to demonstrate mastery of professional practice.
  • Use high level judgement and self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute strategic projects and operate in dynamic professional environments.

Employment opportunities

Graduates can work across a variety of areas such as clinical patient care, community nutrition and public health, institutional food service, food industry, research and teaching, nutrition marketing and journalism, sports nutrition and consultancy/private practice.

Non standard timetable requirements

This course will be completed in both a trimester and semester format. Some of the practice components occur outside of the normal university semesters.

Clinical or professional work placement requirement

Students are required to undertake clinical, community and food service placements in the final semester of the course. Students who have a gap of 18 months or longer between completing relevant course work units and enrolling in placement units will be required to meet with the Unit Coordinator to develop a Learning Contract. Students who do not complete the Learning Contract to the required standard will not be permitted to progress to the Professional Practicum Program.

Attendance requirements

These full-time work placements may extend outside the standard university semester calendar. Students may be required to travel to placement sites or to relocate to a rural or regional setting for the period of the placement.

Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

Before undertaking any clinical placement, students are required to have a Communicable Diseases, Criminal Record, and Working with Children clearance.

Which department am I in?

School of Medical and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$34,900.00 (19,19,692) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,900

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 February 2023


Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Joondalup Campus,

270 Joondalup Drive,


Western Australia,

6027, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants are required to have a four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum course average of 65%, with equivalents considered, Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following: Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

For international students

All applicants are required to have a Bachelor degree in human bioscience, science or health with a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65% or higher. The Bachelor degree must include Biochemistry and Human Physiology content, with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL), and Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL).

Academic admission requirements (Band 8) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following: Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline; or Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

English Minimum Requirements

International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 6.5). Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.

TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.

TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5 percent of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE 2021)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections

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