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Study Dietetics at Otago

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The Master of Dietetics (MDiet) is an internationally recognised qualification which follows completion of a BSc, BASc, or BAppSc in Human Nutrition.

There is growing interest in food, nutrition and health in New Zealand and worldwide. Dietitians apply nutritional science to guide food choices, promoting health and treating disease. Using current research they plan and implement practical and effective ways of managing food and nutrition – both for individuals and for groups of people. Many people with chronic or acute diseases benefit from the services a dietitian offers.

Information for new applications

The important dates for new applications are:

  • 1 August — applications open
  • 15 September — applications close

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Programme requirements

Master of Dietetics (MDiet)

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

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.