Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition

Postgraduate coursework

Study content ranging from metabolic studies and food science to social and behavioural nutrition with a Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition at Deakin.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition provides the opportunity to learn about nutrition in a broad context ranging from metabolic studies and food science to social and behavioural nutrition. It will enable you to understand and learn to apply knowledge in the areas of; the physiological basis of nutrition; nutritional requirements; the nature and composition of foods and food groups; nutritional assessment; and social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition.

This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, thus giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

This course also provides a pathway for application to the Master of Human Nutrition (H714) which enables you to further your studies to enhance your employment prospects and/or research skills in nutrition.

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Course structure

The course consists of 8 credit points completed as: 4 core units (1 credit point each) and 4 credit points of elective units listed below. You may choose to undertake 2 electives from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director) and 2 electives from the elective units listed below.

4

Compulsory units

4

Elective units

8

Total

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition
Year
2018 course information
Deakin code
H616
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Work experience

Work Integrated Learning principles are embedded within all units. A Post Graduate Student Practicum unit is also available for students to elect to undertake. Specifically designed Careers modules are available on the Course specific cloud Deakin site and the “Map my Career” module will also be available in 2018.

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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.

The minimum entry requirement to this course is completion of a three year bachelor degree in any discipline from an approved university or other educational institution or equivalent qualifications or at least three years relevant professional experience.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$28,600 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
Not applicable

The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

  • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
  • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

* One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

FEE-HELP

You may be eligible for the Government's FEE-HELP scheme. This scheme covers your tuition fees and can help make studying significantly more affordable.

It's similar to HECS-HELP, but designed for full-fee place courses. It doesn't matter how much you earn, you may still be eligible for FEE-HELP.

Learn more about your FEE-HELP options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

Graduate outcomes

Career outcomes

Graduates will be equipped to find careers as a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer and nutrition consultant.

Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations such as food industry, state or local government community settings, state and federal health departments, NGOs with a nutrition focus, media or the corporate sector.

Professional recognition

Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website for further information or queries about registration.

You can find additional careers information about this course here

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.

Communication

Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.

Digital Literacy

Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and synthesise complex nutrition information and problems, and to interpret and share knowledge, skills and ideas.

Critical thinking

Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information and problems in nutrition, to come to well-reasoned conclusions.

Problem Solving

Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate and evaluate practical solutions to complex nutrition issues.

Self-management

Employ high level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations, effective work practices, and responsibility as a nutritionist.

Teamwork

Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.

Global Citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.

 

Application information

How to apply

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Credit for prior learning

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.

Faculty contact information

Health - Student and Academic Services
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health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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