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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 and overseas. 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.

Structure of the Programme

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

Duration of the Programme

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

Visit the Master of Dietetics (MDiet) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

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