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Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition)

The Masters of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) aims to qualify you to work as an Accredited Practising Dietitian* and Sports Dietitian in Australia.


In this program you will:

  • Gain qualifications in a specialist accredited dietetic program, rich with hands on experiences working with real clients
  • Gain a unique focus on sports nutrition, private practice, community health, consultancy skills, and entrepreneurship
  • Increase your knowledge and experience in the sports nutrition practice specialisation, working with athletes and active individuals
  • Have the opportunity to earn additional credentials, such as physique assessment qualifications and develop your research skills
  • Get hands-on experience in UniSC’s specialised teaching kitchen
  • Develop your clinical, interpersonal and professional skills

*Subject to accreditation with Dietitians Australia



2 years 2 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$4,470 - 2024 Fees (July to December) / $11,496 - 2024 Fees (July to December) CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • Semester 2

First year only offered at this location.

Program being rolled out 1st year 2024/2025, 2nd year 2025/2026

Career opportunities

  • Consultancy with sporting teams and organisations
  • Food industry
  • High performance sport
  • Private practice as a sports and general dietitian
  • Research and education


The Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) degree is seeking accreditation with Dietitians Australia (DA).

  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
Total courses
Total units
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
Program structure
Advanced courses (4) 48 units

NUT500 Applied Public Health Nutrition
NUT501 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Principles
NUT502 Menu Design
NUT503 Research Design

Specialised courses (8) 144 units

NUT600 Dietary Planning and Counselling
NUT601 Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition
NUT602 Healthy Food Systems
NUT603 Dietetic Leadership and Professionalism(6 units)
NUT700 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Research Project (36 units)
NUT701 Dietetics Placement Sports Nutrition and Dietetics Placement (48 units)
NUT702 Dietetic Entrepreneurship #(6 units)
NUT703 Performance Nutrition Planning and Assessment #


Completion of an undergraduate human science Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution, or equivalent.

The undergraduate degree must include:

  • Nutritional biochemistry underpinned by chemistry 
  • Human physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human nutrition

Special selection criteria

As part of admission to this program you may be required to submit a personal statement and/or undertake an interview.

Application for entry from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals is encouraged and will be prioritised as per Dietitians Australia Accreditation standard 1.4 The university implement strategies to recruit and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Additional entry information

Non standard English language requirements apply.

• Semester 2 Intake – non cognate entry only (2 year program)
• Semester 1 Intake – cognate (reduced volume of learning) entry only (1.5 year program)
• Students accepted into MC001 Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) with a reduced volume of learning (including those from provisional direct entry) receive 48 units credit and must complete all 8 specialised courses (144 units). Students accepted into the program with a reduced volume or learning will have demonstrated completion of the following courses or equivalents:


• Provisional direct entry into the Masters of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) will be available a select number of high achieving students who meet the English language requirements of the Masters program. The program is restricted to high-achieving secondary school students who have completed Year 12 no more than three (3) years before admission. Applicants must not have previously attempted any tertiary study at diploma level or higher. Recommended prior study is as per the Bachelor of Nutrition. There are limited places available for this provisional entry pathway program. Students must complete SC354 in 3 years and achieve a cumulative program GPA of at least 5.0; the university may withdraw an offer if the student does not enrol in the Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) in the year following completion of the Bachelor of Nutrition program. Students cannot defer their offer of a provisional place for direct entry into the Masters of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition).

Program requirements

To graduate from the Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition), a student is required to have completed:

  • 4 Advanced courses (48 units)
  • 8 Specialised courses (144 units)
  • Students accepted into the program with a reduced volume of learning (including those from provisional direct entry) receive 48 units of credit and must complete all 8 specialised courses (144 units). Students accepted into the program with a reduced study volume will have demonstrated completion of the following courses or equivalents:
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition)
  • This program must be completed on a full time basis
  • NUT701 requires a minimum of 100 days of full-time placement
WIL notes

This program includes compulsory placements in settings that require full COVID-19 vaccination.

It is a Queensland Government requirement that students undertaking a placement within a clinical setting are fit tested annually for an approved respirator. Clinical settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, residential disability care facilities, prison health services, youth detention health services, community health care settings, and vaccination clinics). If the Fit Testing requirement applies to placement activity within your Program it will appear in your mandatory checks on Sonia Online. In accordance with Australian Standards, you must be clean shaven for your fit test. Facial hair that lies along the sealing surface of a tight-fitting respirator prevents an effective seal. Therefore, it is a requirement that there is no hair growth between the skin and the facepiece sealing surface in order to achieve a fit. At this stage, there is no exemption in Queensland to this requirement for religious or other reasons and UniSC is unable to waive this requirement.

In order to commence clinical placement, a student must:
  • Hold a valid Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA), throughout the duration of your program. You should allow 12 weeks for PSBA to issue the card. Note students who do not possess a valid Blue Card will be unable to complete the clinical practice component of their program and will be unable to meet graduation requirements
  • Have a National Criminal History check (by Queensland Police Service or other state/territory authority)
  • Show evidence of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD): Hepatitis B; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Varicella (Chickenpox); Pertussis (Whooping Cough) (please note: this is included in the DTPA – Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough – combined vaccination)
  • Complete an orientation package (a Queensland Health [QH] requirement) before undertaking any placement which involves QH. The package can be completed online
  • Complete any other mandatory checks and pre-placement modules 

You may be required to undertake some placements outside the Sunshine Coast region in metropolitan and regional/rural centres. Expenses for these and other placement requirements are to be incurred by you, the student. Placements are undertaken on a full-time basis.

CSP estimate
A$4,470 - 2024 Fees (July to December)
Fee-paying estimate
$11,496 - 2024 Fees (July to December)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

Domestic students seeking admission to the provisional entry pathway, Bachelor of Nutrition/Master Dietetics (Sports Nutrition), apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

The Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) is only available at Moreton Bay campus. Students wanting to study the Bachelor of Nutrition at Sunshine Coast should apply for QTAC code 014542.

013542 Moreton Bay

014542 Sunshine Coast


Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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