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No new enrolments will be accepted for this programme. If you have any queries please contact the Human Nutrition Department.

If you’re interested in people, food, and nutrition, then dietetics is the career for you! There are excellent career opportunities for dietitians both in New Zealand and around the world.

The postgraduate programme in dietetics (MDiet) is at the leading edge of the profession. There is growing interest in food, nutrition and health in New Zealand and worldwide. To ensure members of the public benefit from current scientific evidence, dietitians work in partnership with both health professionals and members of the public.

The programme guides scientific-based nutrition graduates through to become competent health practitioners.

Dietitians use current scientific evidence to plan and implement practical and effective ways of managing food and nutrition – both for individuals and for groups of people. People with chronic or acute diseases benefit from the involvement of a dietitian in their care.

The Dietetic Programme at the University of Otago is the established programme in New Zealand that trains Dietitians. The Masters of Dietetics is an internationally recognised qualification. Students complete a BSc in Human Nutrition or BAppSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, then a Master of Dietetics. Read more here on Studying Dietetics with us.

What’s the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist?

Dietitians can also be nutritionists. Nutritionists need further postgraduate training to become dietitians.

Dietitians are uniquely qualified to manage the nutritional care of people with special dietary needs and to promote health. They must be registered to practise dietetics in New Zealand. Dietitians work in clinical situations such as hospitals, private practice, Public Health Organisations, and community settings.

Dietitians influence nutrition in their roles as:

  • Food Service Managers
  • Government and non-Governmental Organisation advisors
  • Food Industry Managers
  • Educators
  • Researchers

For further information on careers in dietetics visit the Careers page.