Studying nutrition in New Zealand

The study of Nutrition is based on a number of core sciences, including biology, chemistry, human anatomy, physiology and food science.

You are able to study for an undergraduate degree in nutrition at Massey University in Auckland & Palmerston North, and the University of Otago in Dunedin. Both universities offer post-graduate qualifications in human nutrition.

To study to become a dietitian, the University of Otago offers a Masters degree in Dietetics. At Massey University, Albany (Auckland) the course runs for two years and is called Masters of Science (Nutrition and Dietetics), while the Auckland University course offered is a Masters of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics. For more information about dietetic qualifications go to

Click here for a list of courses offered across New Zealand

Click here to learn what the differences are between a dietitian and a nutritionist

Are you a student who would like to become a member of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation? To read more about membership requirements and to apply for student membership click here

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