Our fast-track trimester timetable makes it easy to tackle a double degree at Bond. In fact, you can complete two degrees here in less time than you could graduate with just one at most other universities.
Bond’s Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice enables graduates to become eligible to join Dietitians Australia’s Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program.
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a broad-based degree designed to develop your understanding of the molecular, cellular, anatomical, and physiological processes that occur in the human body, providing the perfect pathway into the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.
Bond’s Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice is the highest-level nutrition and dietetic master’s degree available in Australia. Benefit from the program’s exceptional 20-week research internship with a focus on global nutrition citizenship and gain 24 weeks of practical internship experience in traditional areas of practice such as clinical dietetics. Gain that competitive edge in the job market by completing this AQF extended Level 9 master’s degree in a compact timeframe of two years. Before entering the workforce, students can prepare for the program and accreditation requirements through our program charter.
Studying both programs at Bond will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills across a range of disciplines including anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbiology and nutrition and health.
About this program
The Bachelor of Biomedical Science is a 2-year accelerated degree that provides you with the ideal undergraduate foundation for a career in the health sciences. The program develops your knowledge of the molecular, cellular, anatomical, and physiological processes of the human body and prepares you for graduate-entry programs such as medicine and the allied health professions. The program will develop your knowledge and laboratory skills across a range of disciplines, including anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and microbiology. Extensive laboratory training from the first semester, as well as case studies and problem-solving techniques, are applied within a variety of clinical, research, and allied healthcare settings. The program focuses on real-world learning, where you will gain exceptional, high-quality, practical experience in our health science laboratories. You will be able to develop and master technical-scientific and research skills using some of the latest research equipment from the very first semester. Due to Bond University’s small class sizes, you will be able to enjoy extensive use of this equipment to develop and refine your practical skills. The laboratories have dedicated laboratory staff to provide support and optimise your learning experience. An innovative feature of the program is the application of problem-based learning in the curriculum, a popular feature in medical programs that creates an engaging student learning experience to increase analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills.
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.
What you’ll be studying in your bachelor’s
Be immersed in the science of the body. In Year 1, you’ll begin to complete the degree’s seven foundation subjects including cell biology, anatomy and physiology.
You will also complete three core University subjects providing you with essential skills in critical thinking, communication, and leadership.
You will begin study in your Pre-Health Professional major to be eligible to progress onto the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.
Leading into Year 2 of your bachelor’s program, you will complete six advanced discipline subjects and eight subjects from your Pre-Health Professional major, which includes the subject Health Communication, and a choice of two discipline elective subjects, from the fields of nutrition, exercise and sports science, psychology and health innovation.
Please note you must complete any compliance requirements to progress to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.
What you'll be studying in your master's
You will gain foundational concepts in nutrition, food science, communication and counselling, nutrition assessment methods and public health nutrition priorities. Develop core dietetic skills such as nutrition advice for chronic disease and acute clinical conditions, food service system management and planning public health nutrition projects. Our intensive internship preparation subjects equip you in self-management, professionalism, ethical behaviour, and evidence-based practice.
Year 1 professional placement
Following successful completion of these subjects, you will be eligible to commence two, five-week Professional Placement Internships. These internships will be commenced in your third semester of Year 1 and continue into your first semester of Year 2. They will allow you to apply what you have learnt in Semester 1 and 2 in either of the following practical settings:
- Food service
- Community and public health nutrition
- Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
- Medical Nutrition Therapy 2
In Year 2 of your master’s program, you will complete the remaining two, five-week Professional Placement Internships that you commenced last semester. Following this, you will complete a two-week intensive subject with a focus on sports and performance nutrition, to provide you with the skill development in offering nutritional advice to elite athletes and everyday community members who take part in physical activity.
Year 2 research internships
Shift your learning focus into research design, planning and implementation through a two-week coursework subject and nutrition research internships. You will complete two, 10-week research internships (total of 20 weeks) in the final two semesters of this program, based in a workplace where nutrition research is conducted. These internships offer the opportunity to contribute to qualitative and quantitative original research projects and systematic reviews to synthesise existing research.
Year 2 intensives
You will undertake two intensives: Management and Leadership for Nutrition Professionals and International Nutrition Practice (a 2-week elective internship in an area of interest, and an international internship - or a COVID-safe domestic alternative). You’ll apply your learnings to different settings including rural and urban both in Australia and globally (travel permitting). You will build your job application and business management skills and identify your future direction in the workforce.
A strong foundation
Graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will be equipped with a broad understanding of scientific health and human movement, providing a strong foundation for the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice.
Master critical skills
Through extensive, hands-on laboratory training - using some of the latest research equipment including virtual reality and augmented reality technologies - you will develop and master fundamental technical scientific and research skills.
Learn by doing
This practical program is embedded with placements and internship opportunities. You will complete a total of 24 weeks of Professional Placement Internships (including a two-week elective internship in an area of interest), and a 20-week research internship.
Graduate sooner and gain a competitive edge in your field by completing the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and extended Level 9 master’s degree in just four years of study. The Master’s is the highest-level Nutrition and Dietetic master’s degree available in Australia, with graduates being eligible to join Dietitians Australia’s Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program and recognised by the US Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.