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Postgraduate Study in Human Nutrition

Students wanting to study at the postgraduate level in Human Nutrition have a wealth of options to choose from. The Department offers postgraduate pathways in Human Nutrition, Sports and Exercise Nutrition as well as options by Distance.

For all pathways you will be studying with leading researchers in the nutritional fields of International, Sports and Activity, Lifecycle Nutrition, Behaviour Change, Chronic Disease and Public Health are available and a list of potential postgraduate research projects can be found here:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of the submission of a thesis. The thesis should give evidence of the candidate’s ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality and independence, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication.

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Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

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.

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Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science (MSc) is a two-year degree which encompasses both coursework and research. The first year involves mainly coursework and preliminary research preparation. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to explore research fields of interest, advancing the field of nutritional science.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) 

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is a one-year programme which builds on an undergraduate science degree. The diploma encompasses both papers and a research topic, and can be taken full-time or part-time. It provides entry to the Master of Science (MSc) degree by thesis only.

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Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This is a coursework Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, providing you with practical hands on experience of nutrition in the sports and exercise sector. This programme allows you to complete a semester at a time or all together in three semesters.

  • the PGCert in Sport and Exercise Nutrition will take one semester;
  • add another semester for the Postgraduate Diploma
  • and another for the Masters degree.

Read more about a Master of Applied Science (MAppSc) in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad)

The DipGrad is intended for students who have earned a degree. In some cases a student who has not earned a degree may also be eligible. The Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) can be used for many purposes, and in some cases, effectively provides an additional major. It requires you to do at least seven papers, of which at least four are at 300-level or above. The programme is designed for graduates and may be completed by full-time candidates in one year or by part-time candidates over more than one year.

Read more about a Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad).

Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition

This degree programme enables healthcare and education professionals to develop advanced skills in the field of human nutrition, including research design skills, and to undertake supervised research in a human nutrition-related area.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences endorsed in Human Nutrition (PGDipHealSc) is intended for New Zealand resident health and education professionals who are seeking to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills in order to complement their work as general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental nurses, health education or home economics teachers. It enables the development of postgraduate-level skills in the field of human nutrition, including an advanced capacity for appraisal of research evidence in this field.

Read more about a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc)

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Human Nutrition is intended for New Zealand health and education professionals who are seeking to develop or update their nutrition knowledge and skills in order to complement their work as general practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, dental nurses, health education or home economics teachers. It is a tertiary, not professional, qualification and does not prepare participants to practice as dietitians.

Read more about a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)

Other useful reading includes:

Postgraduate Handbook