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


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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