Contributing Schools and Faculties
- School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Medicine and Public Health
Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery
Face to face on campus
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The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics is a four-year full-time degree. This program develops problem-solving and communication skills with studies in food, nutrition and dietetics, basic and applied sciences and social sciences. The final years of study offer a variety of electives according to your area of interest and is mostly off campus. Graduates are eligible to be Accredited Practising Dietitians.
Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.
Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:
- Previous Year 12 studies and/or
- Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
International students currently undertaking:
* an Australian Year 12 in Australia
* an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
* an International Baccalaureat (IB) in Australia
Apply through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.
All other International students:
Apply direct to International Admissions. Entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English Language requirements.'
For admission into this program, International students must:
- comply with the University of Newcastle's English Language Proficiency requirements
- have completed the requirements for admission to a degree approved by the PVC
- Faculty and University policies and procedures will be followed as required
Special selection procedures apply to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Chemistry. Applicants who have not previously studied chemistry are encouraged to take a bridging course in chemistry before the commencement of the university year.
- National Police Certificate
- Prohibited Employment Declaration
NSW Department of Health Vaccination card. Current Senior First Aid Certificate.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.
The degree uses as Embedded Plus Honours model. Students achieving a sufficiently high grade point average by the end of year 3 will be invited to undertake the honours stream in year 4.
Professional practice is an essential component and students will complete supervised professional practice in a variety of hospitals, community health centres, business and food service settings across NSW and interstate, and rural placements will be mandatory. Travel and accommodation for placements are at the students' expense. To comply with credentialing requirements, successful completion of nominated courses that underpin practice must be completed prior to commencing practice placements.
Your qualification will be recognised at a national and international level, graduates are eligible for Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) status as well as full membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Public Health Association, Sports Medicine Australia, the Nutrition Society and other bodies.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for practising as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student¿s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
Except with the permission of the Pro Vice-Chancellor, a candidate shall complete the program within six years of study from the date of commencement.
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Qualification for the award of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics requires the completion of 320 units.
Students achieving a sufficiently high grade point average by the end of year 3 will be invited to undertake the honours stream in year 4. The first 3 years of the program have a prescribed structure. In year 4 students have some choice in tailoring their program.
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