Speak the global language of health with Nutrition and Dietetics
Programs offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine include significant placements and/or practical/skills components. Programs are structured so that students gradually develop skills and/or professional competencies across the entire duration of each program. Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, modifications have been made to enable remote study for as much of each program as possible. However, there is a point in every program beyond which students will need to be face-to-face on campus in order to continue.
Details for this program are:
It is not possible to commence this program remotely – students are required to attend campus face-to-face from Semester 1. Continuing students in this program are also required to attend campus face-to-face to complete clinical competencies, placements, and research subjects in Semesters 2-6. Students who are unable to attend face-to-face for these semesters will be required to take a leave of absence until they can do so.
Are you attracted to a career in nutrition? Whether you are interested in working in a hospital, with athletes, in private practice, research, or changing the world through food system or public health initiatives, the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice at Bond University is for you. The program includes an exceptional research internship program and a focus on global nutrition citizenship - all the while allowing you to complete practical internships in traditional areas of practice such as clinical dietetics.
Not only will you graduate with career-ready experiences across a range of professional areas, but you will also be stepping into the next chapter of your dietetics career with the highest-level Nutrition and Dietetic Master’s degree available in Australia.
We offer six semesters of study in just two years, providing you with an exceptional opportunity for knowledge and skill development in a compact timeframe. This means you will be very competitive in the job market. In addition, for those looking to work internationally, the demand for postgraduate qualifications is increasing and, in some countries, becoming a requirement for practice. For example, attaining a Master’s level qualification will be a requirement to be eligible for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentialing exam in the USA from January 2024.
Campus and Bond University Experience
For the past 16 years, Bond University has been recognised as Australia’s number one university for student experience according to the Good Universities Guide. The outstanding student experience underpins the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program, with students being able to choose their own pathway and undertake an elective internship in an area of interest.
Bond’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine is recognised for the excellence of its education and research in the medical, health and sports sciences. It has an established reputation for offering innovative degree programs and producing graduates who are work-ready and possess the leadership skills to improve local, national, and global health and well-being.
This program is delivered at the Bond University main campus and also at the Bond Institute of Health & Sport. Located approximately four kilometres away from Bond University campus, the Institute is adjacent to Robina train station. Parking is available to students within the vicinity and surrounding areas of the Institute. Bicycle storage facilities are also available. For more information click here.
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What our students and graduates say
- The program is a 2-year, extended Level 9 Master’s degree which means graduates are more competitive in the job market
- Graduate with 24 weeks of professional placement internships including the opportunity to choose an elective specialty
- Graduate with extensive research skills through completion of a 20-week research internship
- Opportunity to explore global nutrition issues including an overseas internship or domestic placement exploring indigenous nutrition considerations
- Upon graduation you will be eligible to join Dietitians Australia’s Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program
About the program
This postgraduate professional program is designed to develop graduates to be work-ready for careers in nutrition and dietetics across practice areas including clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research. Show more
This postgraduate professional program is designed to develop graduates to be work-ready for careers in nutrition and dietetics across practice areas including clinical dietetics, private practice, food service management, public health nutrition, sports nutrition and nutrition research. This program develops student competencies to exceed the accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia, making graduates eligible to apply for accredited practising dietitian (APD) status within the Dietitians Association of Australia. This program is distinctive because of its emphasis on developing evidence-based practitioners that have had intensive preparation in evidence-based dietetic practice, nutrition research and international engagement. All students will be required to participate in an international placement as part of their program. Show less
|Mode||On Campus and Remote|
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Masters Extended|
|Study area||Health Sciences, Sport|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice is a set program. You must complete all of the following subjects:
Semester 1 (May start)
- Nutrition and Food Science (NUTR71-100)
- Nutrition Assessment and Diagnosis (NUTR71-101)
- Nutrition Communication and Behaviour (NUTR71-102)
- Nutrition Issues and Priorities (NUTR71-103)
- Acute Clinical Dietetics (NUTR71-104)
- Food Service Dietetics (NUTR71-106)
- Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management (NUTR71-105)
- Public Health Nutrition Practice (NUTR71-107)
- Transition to Professional Practice (NUTR71-119)
- Applied Clinical Dietetics (NUTR71-120)
- Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals (NUTR71-110)
- Professional Placement Internship – Community and Public Health Nutrition (NUTR71-703)
- Professional Placement Internship - Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 (NUTR71-700)
- Health Research Design and Planning (NUTR71-114)
- Sports Nutrition (NUTR71-115)
- Professional Placement Internship – Food Service Management (NUTR71-702)
- Professional Placement Internship – Medical Nutrition Therapy 2 (NUTR71-701)
- Management and Leadership for Nutrition Health Professionals (NUTR71-117)
- Nutrition Research Internship 1 (NUTR73-700)
*Subject names and structure may change
Learning and teaching methodology
The Bond University Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program uses an education model comprising a combination of lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, simulations, internships and research. In keeping with the program philosophy of producing dietitians with a difference, the program places an emphasis on real-world experience from the first semester. Students engage in activities such as case-based learning and simulation to develop their competency as nutrition professionals.
Specialist consultant practitioners and dietitians with industry expertise provide students with insight into dietetic practice and career opportunities in the profession. Students also benefit from the extensive professional experience of nutrition and dietetic academic staff in a range of fields, including clinical dietetics, sports nutrition, the food industry, private practice and public health nutrition, as well as their national and international professional networks.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in relevant workshops offered by the Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, providing them access to highly qualified academics with international research track records, some of whom are responsible for developing global evidence-based nutrition guidelines.
Graduation and program completion
In order to complete the program and receive a verification statement, students must attain the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice degree and complete the following:
- All required internships with at least 1200 supervised practice hours
- At least a pass grade (50% or greater) in all required graded subjects (listed above), and an ungraded pass in all ungraded internship subjects
- Satisfactory performance in all Dietitians Australia Competency Standards, ACEND core knowledge and competencies, and program-specific competencies
- Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive portfolio of evidence of achievement of all required competency standards, and defence of the portfolio in a panel interview sufficient to achieve safe and competent practice as an entry level dietitian
- Attendance at all required classroom sessions, field trips and orientation days
Recommended study structure
Please visit Program Structure and Sequencing for guidance on study plans.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2023: $18,280* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2023: $109,680
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.
This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.
Find out more about US financial aid.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.
Academic entry requirements
- Minimum academic requirement is an undergraduate degree in health science or other related degree with at least two biochemistry subjects at second year level where first year chemistry is a pre-requisite of these subjects and two physiology subjects also at second year level.
- Successful performance at a selection interview
Eligible undergraduate programs at Bond University:
Eligible Undergraduate Program
Required subjects within program
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science
Completion of the program
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Performance
Completion of the program with the following suggested electives:
NUTR12-101 Sport and Exercise Nutrition
NUTR13-101 Human Nutrition
NUTR11-101 Food, Nutrition and Health
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Completion of the program with either the Pre-Health or Laboratory / Research major
Bachelor of Health Sciences
Completion of program including the required elective subjects:
BMED11-205 Medical Biochemistry 1
BMED12-209 Medical Biochemistry 2
- Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript.
- Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
- Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant). Interviews are offered in person or utilising video calling software.
English language proficiency requirements
Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language.
Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including an academic transcript and documented proof of English language proficiency.
For more detailed information: English Language Proficiency Requirements.
Credit for prior study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information
Graduates of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program will be able to apply their skills and experience across a range of areas, including:
- Clinical dietetics in hospitals and outpatient facilities
- Private practice
- Food service management
- Corporate health and wellness
- Sports nutrition
- Nutrition communications and media
- Food industry
- Culinary nutrition
- Nutrition in childcare, schools and aged care facilities
- Community and public health nutrition in Australia and globally
- Nutrition and dietetic research
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.
The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics also offers a pathway into Bond’s medical program for domestic and international students. Students eligible to graduate from the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting the minimum required GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00 (Bond grading) will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, psychometric testing and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt are limited and dependent on availability. For more information, click here.
Bond’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (MNDP) program has Full Accreditation with Dietitians Australia (DA) up until 30 March 2023. Graduates from MNDP program are eligible to become DA members with dietetic qualifications and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program.
The University is required to maintain a current accreditation status as outlined in the DA accreditation process which is detailed at www.dietitiansaustralia.org.au > Accreditation of Dietetics Education Programs > Accreditation Standards and Processes.
The Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program is also accredited as a Foreign Dietitian Education Program (FDE) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1(312) 899-0040 ext. 5400; Website: http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/. To become a US Registered Dietitian, graduates will need to complete a program of supervised practice hours in the United States of America prior to being eligible to sit the Registered Dietitian Examination.
More information about the ACEND accreditation standards is available here. Contact Associate Professor Dianne Reidlinger for more information, email: [email protected]. If you have a complaint regarding the operation of the Bond University Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program in relation to the program’s compliance with the FDE accreditation standards, you should contact the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
As a graduate of Bond’s fast-tracked Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, you will have a competitive edge in your career. Employer satisfaction with graduates from Bond University has been rated highest in Australia for two years in a row, according to the 2019 Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Department of Education and Training.
The program offers 24 weeks of professional placement work integrated learning, which means you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and employability to stand out.
The mission of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program at Bond University is to prepare competent, entry-level dietitians for practice in Australia and the rest of the world who improve health and performance through collaborative, innovative and evidence-based practice and research.
The program goals and corresponding objectives (Key Performance Indicators [KPIs]) are:
Goal 1: Prepare competent, collaborative graduate dietitians for existing and emerging areas of dietetics practice and research in Australia and the rest of the world.
- At least 80% of research internship preceptors* one year after the graduation of their research interns “agree” or “strongly agree” regarding graduates' preparation to work at an entry level in the nutrition and dietetics research field
- At least 80% of elective internship preceptors* at the conclusion of students’ final research internship report “agree” or “strongly agree” regarding students’ preparation to work at an entry level in nutrition and dietetics practice
- At least 90% of employers* of Program graduates in their first year of employment report “agree” or “strongly agree” regarding the graduate’s knowledge and skill preparation for entry-level practice
- At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within 3 years (150% of program length)
Goal 2: Prepare graduates to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the innovative and evidence-based practice of nutrition and dietetics.
- At least 90% of graduates* after their first year of employment report “agree” or “strongly agree” regarding their knowledge and skill preparation for entry level nutrition and dietetics practice.
- Of graduates who seek employment, at least 70% are employed in nutrition and dietetics, or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- Of graduates who seek Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) status, at least 80% will become APDs within 12 months of program completion.
Outcome data measuring achievement of program objectives is available on request. To request more information, email [email protected].
* proportions relate to those who respond to a survey
You will have the opportunity to develop specialist skills related to nutrition and dietetics through extensive professional practice-related learning experiences. The professional placement internship program provides 24 weeks of work-integrated learning and 20 weeks of nutrition research internship.
Through your internships, you will develop competence in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, food service dietetics, and community and public health nutrition, plus an additional setting based on your area of dietetic interest. This may include sports nutrition, private practice, food industry, corporate health, food and health charities, aged care, nutrition communications and media, or paediatric nutrition.
In addition, you will complete an international nutrition project abroad to obtain a global perspective on nutrition and dietetics.
* There will be additional personal costs for undertaking placements in Australia and overseas. Refer to Additional compulsory costs
**There are health and security compliance requirements associated with completing placements. Refer to the compliance handbook for more information.
Graduates may be eligible to progress to further post-graduate research, leading to potential career options in research organisations and academia.
Successful graduates of this degree may also be eligible to apply for the Bond University Bachelor of Medical Studies (Medical Program)*
* Domestic and international~ students eligible to graduate from the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice meeting the minimum required GPA will be eligible to be considered for selection to enter Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt). The selection process will be based on GPA, completion of GAMSAT and an interview. Places in Year 2 of the BMedSt for the graduates of the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice are limited and dependent on availability. Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the BMedStudies.
Currently, this is the only pathway into the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine available to international students. Successful students will commence in Year 2 of the Bachelor of Medical Studies and will be allowed to progress to the Doctor of Medicine (MD).
Important note for international/overseas students:
Students, including New Zealand citizens, who will not be Australian citizens or permanent residents at the time of enrolment, may not be automatically entitled to registration, internship, and access to a provider number in Australia. Graduates who wish to stay in Australia after graduation must make their own enquiries regarding their situation related to these matters as they lie beyond the control of the University. In Australia, the number of internships is controlled by the Department of Health or Human Services in each state/territory and Australian citizens and permanent residents currently receive priority for internship access. Graduates wishing to register in their home country or graduates wishing to practise medicine in countries other than Australia must contact the professional medical associations in that country to determine requirements to practice. Bond University is not responsible for organising any internship or medical registration of students upon their graduation.