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Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Not available for international students

Turn your passion into your profession

If you are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health, and disease, then the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is for you.

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What is it like?

Dietetics is the application of nutritional science to individuals and groups in health and various states of disease.

The Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) will provide you with sound knowledge of nutrition and dietetics science, theories underpinning current practices, and excellent understanding of professional and ethical practice.

You will develop the attributes, qualities, and skills considered essential for gaining employment and making an important contribution in the communities you serve. This programme will improve your analytical thinking, you’ll gain effective communication and information management skills, and develop self-directed and independent learning abilities.

Become a Registered Dietitian

Dietitians Board NZ

Master of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) graduates will meet the registration competency requirements of the New Zealand Dietitians Board.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Have a passion for food
  • Want to become a Registered Dietitian
Katrina Shepherd
Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Community Programme Manager at Nestlé

“I think the strong workforce connections Massey provides its students, in all areas of nutrition and dietetics, is an appealing point of difference compared to other universities…”

I started at Massey University when I was 17 years old. When I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science and Human Nutrition I had an end goal in mind of wanting to do the Master of Science (MSc) in Nutrition and Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian and to be an expert in the field of nutrition.

Initially I was enticed by Massey University because I had heard that the MSc programme was well established and I liked the idea of going to a university in the same area I grew up in (North Shore, Auckland).

One thing I enjoyed about the MSc (Nutrition and Dietetics) at Massey was that the Dietetic Coordinators had a lot of nutrition connections to corporate organisations, District Health Boards, and non-government funded organisations. Through lectures and workshops, as well as the food service, clinical and public health placements, we (the students) were able to network with working professionals in the nutrition and dietetic field before entering the workforce. It was these encounters that I believe helped me land my role at Nestlé as the Community Programme Manager.

During my studies I was very humbled to receive the Nestlé Postgraduate Scholarship for Dietetics at Massey and I completed a two week public health placement at Nestlé working on their Cook for Life programme. When the job was advertised with Nestlé I had a strong portfolio to put forward - simply from the work and experience I had with them as a Massey dietetics student.

In my five years at Massey I took away many learnings, the most notable being transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, empathy, professionalism and time management.

Overall Massey was an excellent gateway for me landing my role at Nestlé and I think the strong workforce connections Massey provides its students, in all areas of nutrition and dietetics, is an appealing point of difference compared to other universities.


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 (eg hospitals, clinics, private practice)
  • Community dietetics (eg Marae, public health, rest homes, schools)
  • Consultancy and private practice
  • Food companies and food industry
  • Food service management
  • Industry (eg corporate health and wellness)
  • Health promotion or public health agencies (eg NZ Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Media (eg publications, television, marketing)
  • Medical nutritional companies (eg nutrition and dietetics advisor, nutritional representative)
  • Research and education
  • Sports and exercise nutrition (eg elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)

Graduates say:

Andrew Xia - Clinical Dietitian, Counties Manukau Health

The components of placements and research thesis allowed me to put theory into practice every step of the way, which helped me gain my first job as a Clinical Dietitian at Counties Manukau Health. Throughout the programme, I have not only gained evidence based nutrition knowledge, I have also learnt one of the most important skills in life - reflective practice, which enables me to keep on growing both professionally and personally.

Dayna Stockley - Customer Love Representative, My Food Bag

This programme offers both theoretical and practical components which helped me to develop a broad range skills applicable to nutrition and dietetics practice, as well as transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication. I found the practical placements most valuable as they provided me with opportunities to experience all different areas of practice first hand, improve my confidence and make great industry contacts.

Dushanka Hettige - Clinical Dietitian, Capital and Coast DHB

The detailed practical and theory learning opportunities helped me to form the foundations to feel confident in beginning my career as a dietitian. I am currently employed as a clinical dietitian based at Capital and Coast DHB where I am based in ICU, medical oncology, haematology and renal specialties.

Alex Lawn

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

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