Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Nutrition and Dietetics is a new programme designed to provide the specialised postgraduate training required to enable graduates to seek registration with the New Zealand Dietitians Board in order to practise as a Dietitian in New Zealand, and to provide safe, competent and responsible dietetic care in a variety of health settings. Dietetic care includes the provision of safe, enjoyable, nutritionally adequate and appropriate food and fluids to meet people’s nutritional needs.

This two year, full time programme of study will provide learning in applied nutrition, public health nutrition, food service management, and professional skills supported by practical skills developed through small group learning and 20 weeks of placement in a range of dietetic settings. Students will also complete a research thesis in order to provide a foundation for evidence-based practice and to enable further higher degree research to be undertaken.

Graduates of the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics will:

  • have core skills in patient-centred care, clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.
  • be culturally aware, good communicators, empathic listeners and skilled educators.
  • be equipped with the skills to use lifelong learning and reflective practice to ensure their continued competency in dietetics.
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MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics duration and points value


Points required: 240
Time to complete: Two years of full-time study (it is not possible to complete the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics part-time).
Start semester: One
Prerequisite BSc in Food Science and Nutrition including BIOSCI 358, MEDSCI 301,312,315, POPLHLTH 305, or an equivalent nutrition qualification.
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MHSc Nutrition and Dietetics structure


Year Course Points
1 DIETETIC 703 Clinical nutrition: disease pathophysiology and management 15
1 DIETETIC 704 Professional Skills 1 45
1 DIETETIC 705 Professional Skills 2 30
1 POPLHLTH 701 Research Methods in Health 15
1 MAORIHTH 701 Foundations of Māori Health 15
2 DIETETIC  706 A&B Professional Skills 3 15
2 POPLHLTH 765 Nutrition Interventions in Public Health 15
2 DIETETIC 793 A&B Thesis 90
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International students


International students are welcome to apply. To be eligible for admission, international students must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition, equivalent to the University of Auckland BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) (see Equivalent Qualification section below). In addition, candidates must have a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to a University of Auckland GPA of at least 6 (B+ average), with at least a B average in the final year of their nutrition degree.

English Language proficiency

International students must have minimum Academic IELTS score of 7.5 with no band lower than 7 on application or have achieved equivalence in another approved English language test including the University of Auckland English Language Academy Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP). Evidence of English language is not required if applicants have completed a degree from a New Zealand university or another English-speaking university.

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Eligibility


GPA requirement

Applicants will normally require a minimum GPA of 6 (B+ average) to be eligible to apply for entry to the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Undergraduate degree requirement

In order to be admitted to the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, applicants need to have completed the University of Auckland Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) or an equivalent BSc degree in Human Nutrition.

Equivalent qualification

Whether another nutrition qualification is deemed to be the equivalent of the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) will be determined on a case-by-case basis by considering whether students have successfully completed the required prerequisite knowledge for entry to the postgraduate programme.

To be deemed equivalent, a qualification must include all of the following prerequisite subject areas:

  • At least four Human Nutrition courses, with at least two of these at third year (major) level
  • First and second year Biochemistry
  • First and second year Physiology
  • Food Science
  • Statistics
  • Metabolism/Regulation of Body Function

Further information on courses that form part of the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) can be found on the programme pages for the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition.

The BSc in Human Nutrition from the University of Otago or Massey University are usually regarded as equivalent qualifications. Applicants with one of these qualifications are advised to contact the programme administrator before applying, to check that they have covered off all the necessary prerequisite courses.

Secondary school students/School leavers

Secondary school students interested in studying to become a Dietitian are strongly encouraged to take NCEA level 3 Biology and Level 3 Chemistry (or their IB or Cambridge equivalents) in preparation for entry to the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition(Nutrition Pathway).

School leavers can apply for the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) through the University's application page.

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Selection


Entry into the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics is competitive due to the limited number of places available (up to 20 places). Applications are ranked according to their Grade Point Average (GPA). Applicants are normally required to achieve a minimum GPA of 6.0 out of 9.0 (B+ average) to be eligible to apply for entry to the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Applicants who meet the GPA requirement will be ranked for interview invitation consideration.

Each intake, up to 15 places are conditionally reserved for current University of Auckland Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) students. This is the preferred pathway for entry to the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Graduates with equivalent qualifications may compete for the remaining places.

It is not possible to defer the commencement of an offer of a place in the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Applicants must apply again if they do not wish to take up their offer for the year entry is offered.

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Māori and Pacific students


One of the aims of the University of Auckland Nutrition and Dietetics programme is to help increase the number of Māori and Pacific dietitians in the New Zealand workforce. Māori and Pacific students are strongly encouraged to enrol for the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) and to apply for the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics. Preference may be given to Māori and Pacific students.

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Application closing date


2018 entry

Applicants must have completed or are currently in their final year of the BSc in Food Science and Nutrition (Nutrition Pathway) from the University of Auckland or an equivalent qualification specified above.

The application closing date: 1 October 2017

All applicants deemed eligible are ranked based on GPA, and short-listed applicants will be invited to the Faculty for admission interviews. For more information on dates,  please see the important dates.

All interviews are held in Auckland, and applicants should ensure that they are available to attend if invited. Applicants not able to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.

Students who are earlier in their studies and need advice about satisfying prerequisites should contact the programme administrator.

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How to apply


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English language proficiency


International students must have minimum Academic IELTS 7.5 score of with no band lower than 7, on application.

However, IELTS is not required if applicants have completed a degree from a New Zealand university or another English-speaking university. Students who have enrolled at the University of Auckland English Language Academy must achieve a Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) with an A grade.

All MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics students (domestic and international) will be required to sit a DELNA test in the early weeks of their first semester, and if identified as needing further support, are expected to follow this up with online resources and workshops provided by English Language Enrichment (ELE) and Student Learning Services.

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Extended programme and demands of the programme


In order to cover all the theory and practical requirements of the degree, some teaching and practical placements will be outside of the normal University semester teaching weeks.

The MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics programme makes heavy demands on time, energy and personal resources. In addition to high academic demands of learning theory, research and professional practice, students will be required to go onto placements.

Students may be required to travel to the Waikato, Northland or other areas outside of Auckland for their practical placements, though every attempt will be made to find placements in Auckland for those with families. Travel and accommodation costs must be paid for by the students.

Students should feel comfortable working in a clinical environment, and should feel comfortable communicating with and have a level of sensitivity towards the needs of people from different cultural groups.

Students will find that the heavy workload means that it will be unlikely that they will be able to have a part-time job and successfully study full-time.

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Important information


  • Following successful completion of the Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics, graduates must apply to the New Zealand Dietitians Board for registration as a Dietitian in New Zealand, including approval to describe themselves as Dietitians. Click here for more information on registration.
  • It is not possible to defer the commencement of an offer of a place in the Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must apply again if they do not wish to take up their offer for the year entry is offered.
  • Graduates wishing to practice in countries other than New Zealand should contact the relevant authority in that country for advice on acceptability of this degree for registration.
  • This programme has a total enrolment clause of 280 points. This is the maximum number of points you can enrol in (including failed or withdrawn courses) towards this programme.
  • An orientation session will be held at the beginning of Semester One  2018 for all commencing students, at which attendance is required. Details will be provided in your welcome letter, after your place is confirmed.
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Regulations


Detailed information about admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University Calendar regulations for the Master of Health Sciences. These should also be read in conjunction with the General Regulations - Masters Degrees.

Scholarships


Any student wishing to apply for a scholarship should see the Scholarships Office webpage.

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Further enquiries


For more information on the MHSc in Nutrition and Dietetics structure and prerequisite requirements please contact:

For more information on how to apply, the enrolment process and degree regulations please contact the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Student Centre.

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