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Master of Dietetics (MDiet)


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The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) degree is an academic and professional dietetic training course which prepares graduates to work as dietitians in New Zealand. This full time, two-year course encompasses specialist papers in clinical nutrition, public health, food service, professional skills, research thesis preparation, a block placement and a research project.

The first year of the programme is taught in Dunedin. Early Learning in Dietetics (practical experience placements) will be completed under the supervision of dietetic tutors in hospital, community, public health and foodservice environments. The second year consists of one semester of placements and one semester of research in one of a number of centres.

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

Year Papers Points
Year One

HUND 471 Clinical Nutrition

HUND 472 Public Health Dietetics

HUND 473 Food Service Management

HUND 475 Applied Dietetics

HUND 5A   Thesis Part A






Year Two

HUND 477   Professional Placement

HUND 5B    Thesis Part B



Note: A candidate must pass all the papers in Year One and also demonstrate the required level of professional behaviour before proceeding to Year Two.

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Regulations for the Degree of Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be determined by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) on the advice of the Dietetics Admission Committee.
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. be a graduate, or
      2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences)

      Note: It is expected that the following or equivalent papers should normally have been passed by applicants: HUNT 231, HUNT 311, HUNT 312, HUNT 313, HUNT 314, HUNT 331, BIOC 230, PHSL 251, FOSC 111, and STAT 110 or STAT 115.

    3. In cases where evidence of competence in English is required, acceptable evidence shall consist of certified copies of results in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test with an overall score of at least 7.5, with a score of at least 7.0 in each individual band, or equivalent results in other recognised tests.
    4. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the availability of placements, and the number of international students admitted may be limited in any year.

    Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is the Monday following the end of final examinations. Late applications will be considered.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of papers and a thesis to a total value of 240 points as set down in the MDiet Schedule.
    2. A candidate must pass all the papers in Year One and also demonstrate the required level of professional behaviour before proceeding to Year Two.

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  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate for the programme shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than two years of full-time study.
    2. A part-time candidate shall usually complete the requirements for the degree within four years of admission to the programme.

  4. Examination of the Thesis

    1. The thesis shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
    2. The candidate’s supervisor shall not be an examiner but may make a report on the work of the candidate to the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition.
    3. Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis and recommend a result of ‘Fail’, ‘Pass’, ‘Pass with Credit’ or ‘Pass with Distinction’ on the basis of the thesis as submitted, and an overall result selected from the options as specified in clause (d) below.
    4. The examiners may recommend that a thesis:
      1. be accepted without amendments;
      2. be accepted subject to amendments being made at the discretion, and to the satisfaction, of the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition.
      3. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, but may be revised and resubmitted for examination;
      4. does not meet the criteria for the award of the degree, and should be rejected without right of resubmission.
    5. Amendments (regulation 4(d)(ii) and revisions (regulation 4(d)(iii)) shall be completed by a specified date to be determined by the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition.
    6. A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
    7. If a revised and resubmitted thesis is finally accepted, the result shall be either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
    8. Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the University.

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  5. Exemptions

    A candidate may, on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Human Nutrition to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), be exempted from some or all of the papers prescribed in the MDiet Schedule on the basis of previous study.

  6. Exclusion from the Programme

    A candidate who has failed to pass any paper twice may be excluded from further enrolment in the programme.

  7. Withdrawal from the Programme

    Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing the papers prescribed in Year One of the MDiet Schedule, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Science or determine which papers shall be credited towards the diploma.

  8. Readmission to the Programme

    A candidate who withdraws from the programme must first obtain the approval of the Dietetics Admissions Committee before being readmitted.

  9. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  10. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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