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Nutrition and Dietetics

Undertake advanced studies in nutrition and dietetics, the pathophysiology of nutrition-related illnesses, health promotion, communication skills, and clinical, food service and community and public health nutrition skills.  This program aims to prepare students for professional practice as nutritionists or dietitians. Graduates will be able to work across a variety of settings to integrate and apply advanced theoretical knowledge, skills and attributes to promoting health, and preventing and treating diet-related illnesses.

Graduates are able to use scientific principles and critical thinking skills to consider the wider environment affecting food supply and eating behaviours and to evaluate new developments in this rapidly evolving area.

Quick Facts

Duration: 2 years
Start Date: March
Tuition Fee: $41,500
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 002655M
Delivery mode: On campus

The course is offered by Flinders University’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and is founded on practices designed to encourage lifelong learning in the practice of nutrition and dietetics. A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed, including lectures, tutorials, field placements, site visits, food practicals and student seminars and presentations.

A variety of assessment methods is used, including peer and self-assessment and competency-based assessment of field placements. Particular emphasis is given to the provision of practice-focused learning strategies (eg. case studies, role-plays, simulated counselling and group sessions).

Consistent with the postgraduate level of the course, cooperative and self-directed learning will be encouraged and you will have the opportunity to negotiate sections of curriculum learning strategies and assessment in some topics.

What you will study

Your study program will include lectures, tutorials, field placements, site visits, food practicals, and student seminars and presentations.

Topics cover areas such as the nutrition care process, food service and professional practice, research methods and critical thinking in human nutrition, communication and nutrition counselling, and clinical nutrition and dietetics.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


There are currently more than 5,000 practising dietitians in Australia. About half provide patient care and education in hospitals while the remainder work in areas as diverse as community health, public health, food service management, sports nutrition, the food industry, health service management, education and research. Dietitians are also employed by aid organisations and government departments.

Potential occupations include:

  • clinical dietitian
  • sports dietitian
  • consultant and private practitioner
  • dietitian working in rehabilitation
  • community health dietitian
  • diabetes educator
  • food industry dietitian
  • research project officer
  • health promotion officer.

Potential employers include:

  • hospitals
  • community health centres
  • private practice and consultancy
  • food industries
  • research institutions.

Professional accreditation/recognition

The course is accredited by Dietitians Australia.  It is also recognised in UK, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. Eligibility for DAA membership is required by most public-sector employers and for obtaining a health insurance provider number.