Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

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What is it like?

If you enjoy working with people, have a passion for food, and are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics is for you. Study at Massey and turn your passion into your profession.

Dietetics is the application of nutritional science to individuals and groups in health and various states of disease. As a Registered Dietitian (RD), you will be uniquely qualified to translate the latest nutritional science into practical dietary advice. Dietitians promote good health, advise about prevention of nutrition-related problems, and are able to treat disease and ill health. Working as part of a community or healthcare team, you will have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as diabetes or paediatrics, or you can employ your skills in the food or sports industries, education, research, or journalism.

MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics) graduates will meet the registration competency requirements of the New Zealand Dietitians Board. They will develop the attributes, qualities, and skills considered essential for gaining employment and making an important contribution in the community they will serve.

The programme provides students with sound knowledge of nutrition and dietetics science, theories underpinning current practices, and excellent understanding of professional and ethical practice. Students will improve their analytical thinking, gain effective communication and information management skills, and develop self-directed and independent learning abilities.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives
Alex Lawn
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Recipe Editor at My Food Bag

“With its caring lecturers who want you to succeed, varied practical placements and industry contacts, I would certainly recommend choosing Massey…”

Being selected through an interview process, rather than being judged by my grades alone, was a huge drawcard in my decision to pursue my Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at Massey University, Auckland.

The interview made me feel valued as an individual, rather than just a student number with grades. This was also demonstrated throughout the course, in the way the lecturers identified with us personally and brought out our unique strengths and areas for improvement.

The course had a great mix of practical placements, assignments (both individual and group ones) and exams. The variety of placements made me realise how many career opportunities there are for dietitians, giving me a taste of what it’s like to work in different fields. The lecturers also trusted us with large-scale projects, such as organising and preparing the food for a sports symposium of 150 attendees. These were invaluable learning experiences because we had to be responsible, work as a team and commit to finishing the projects to a high standard.

Massey University also taught me to be disciplined, hard-working and perseverant. I learnt that you can never be prepared for all the curve-balls that are thrown at you, which is why it is so important to be flexible and adapt to any situation. It is also crucial to appreciate your milestones along the way, otherwise you will never feel satisfied with where you are and how far you’ve come. These learnings have certainly helped me to find a career and to always put my best foot forward.

Another bonus is that there are Massey campuses in three different cities: Wellington, Palmerston North and Auckland. For my undergraduate degree, I had the pleasure of enjoying student life on the beautiful Palmerston North campus. Relocating to Auckland for the two years of my Masters course then challenged me in many new ways, allowing me to grow as a person, both within and outside the realm of university. 


Graduates are eligible to apply to be registered with the New Zealand Dietitians Board to practise as a dietitian in New Zealand (NZRD), and will become eligible to apply for registration in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

DietitiansNZ is a professional association that represents dietitians practising in diverse areas of dietetics.

Career opportunities include:

  • Clinical Dietetics (e.g. hospitals, clinics, private practice)
  • Community Dietetics (e.g. Marae, public health, rest homes, schools)
  • Consultancy and Private Practice
  • Food Companies and Food Industry
  • Foodservice Management
  • Industry (e.g. corporate health and wellness, private consulting)
  • Health Promotion / Public Health Agencies (e.g NZ Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Media (e.g. writing publications, television, marketing)
  • Medical Nutritional Companies (e.g. nutrition and dietetics advisor, nutritional representative)
  • Research and Education
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition (e.g. elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)

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