Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,800 AUD
CRICOS course code083995J
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

VTAC Codes1400510111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D301
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This comprehensive course provides you with knowledge and skills in food and nutrition sciences and complementary business knowledge and skills focusing on marketing or management. This degree is designed for employment in the health and food-related industries. Through completing this degree you will gain an understanding of food, food choice and its relationship to health, consumer perceptions, the role of nutrition in human health and disease prevention and business, economic and financial principles and concepts and analytical knowledge. You can choose to undertake a major in either management or marketing as part of this course. On successful completion of this degree you will be able to work in many areas that require knowledge of food science, food composition, and nutrition, as well as business-related skills. These areas may include jobs in research and development, product development, product management, consumer research and marketing and management roles in the food, nutrition and health industries. This degree can be completed in 4 years full-time or 3 years full-time if studies are undertaken in Trimester 3. Please contact a course adviser for further clarification via email

Professional recognition

Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

The course comprises 32 credit points. 16 credit points are Food and Nutrition Sciences units, and 16 credit points are Commerce units.

The 16 credit points studied within the Faculty of Business and Law must include the 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132, , MIS171 and  MWL101. In addition students must complete a prescribed Commerce major sequence (Management or Marketing).

Students are required to complete HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to their first laboratory based unit in this course.

Students must also complete MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies. This is a compulsory unit for all students commencing studies with the Faculty of Business and Law and will help students to get off to the best possible start in developing academic communication skills at Deakin.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HSN010Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSN104The Science of Food

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit points)

MWL101Personal Insight

Trimester 2

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN106Food Fundamentals

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MIS171Business Analytics

Level 2
Trimester 1

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

MAE101Economic Principles


Trimester 2

HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MLC101Business Law

Level 3
Trimester 1

HSN103Food: the Environment and Consumers

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN301Diet and Disease

#Plus one unit from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Trimester 2

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

HSN302Population Nutrition

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Level 4
Trimester 1

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Trimester 2

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

Plus three units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Please note that students in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce course may be able to complete their course in three years by undertaking units in Trimester 3, subject to availability of units in Trimester 3.

Course grids to aid students with course planning and progression are available for download at website:

Please contact a course adviser for specific course planning advice via email

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (H315)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact