Master of Human Nutrition

Postgraduate coursework

Develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet with a postgraduate Master of Human Nutrition at Deakin.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 years full time or part time equivalent, depending on your entry point

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Course information

Learn the skills to work effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. You will also learn about the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition along with skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, 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.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Human Nutrition students must attain 12 credit points comprising:

  • 6 core units (these are compulsory) worth 1 credit point each

Plus choose one of the following options:

Research Based Project Option A

  • HSN753 Research Practice in Human Nutrition and *5 elective units

OR

Research Based Project Option B (Research focus)

  • HSN750 Nutrition Research Project Part A (2 credit points) and HSN751 Nutrition Research Project Part B (2 credit points) and *2 elective units

* Up to 2 elective credit points may be chosen from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Students who completed an undergraduate degree from a non-cognate undergraduate study area (e.g. Arts, Commerce, Business, any non-health/science study areas, etc) and have completed H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition, will be granted preclusions for the 4 units they have completed in H511.

Preclusions mean that you are not required to undertake the units within the Masters course but will need to choose 4 HSN7xx electives instead.

For example, if a student wishing to obtain the Master of Human Nutrition completed a Bachelor of Arts course, they will need to complete the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (4 credit points) first and then apply into the Master of Human Nutrition course to complete a further 12 credit points. They will receive preclusions for the units studied in the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition course.
 
Students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the cognate area (for example: science, health sciences, nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, medicine, allied health or nursing, from an approved university or other educational institution) and have completed H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition, will be granted credit for prior learning for HSN701, HSN702, HSN735 and HSN749. These students will complete 8 credit points within the Master of Human Nutrition course.

Students must enrol in the Cloud offerings of all units

Trimester 1

  • Principles of Nutrition HSN701 (also available in Trimester 3)
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology HSN749
  • Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN702
  • Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies HSN715
  • Essentials of Food Science HSN735
  • Trimester 3

  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research HSN719
  • AND

    Research Based Project Option A

    Trimester 3

  • Research Practice in Human Nutrition HSN753
  • Students would need to complete an additional 5 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition.

    OR

    Research Based Project Option B

    Trimester 1

  • Nutrition Research Project Part A HSN750 (2 credit points core unit)
  • Trimester 2

  • Nutrition Research Project Part B HSN751 (2 credit points core unit)
  • Students would need to complete an additional 2 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition

    Elective units

    Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease HSN703
  • Public Health Nutrition HSN705
  • Nutrition Promotion HSN708
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour HSN713
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Policy and Public Health HSN706
  • Sports Nutrition HSN709
  • Advanced Public Health Nutrition HSN714
  • Obesity Prevention HSN734
  • Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum HSN741
  • Nutritional Issues from Early Childhood to Adolescence HSN746
  • Trimester 3

  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing HSN743
  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition HSN760 (next offered  Trimester 3 2019)
  • Students intending to use H714 Master of Human Nutrition as a PhD entry pathway must complete these units:

  • Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies HSN715
  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research HSN719
  • Nutrition Research Project Part A HSN750
  • Nutrition Research Project Part B HSN751
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Human Nutrition
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H714
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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

    Alternative exits

    Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511)

    Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (H616)

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Applicable only to students undertaking practicum units, who will therefore require a working with children check. Not mandatory for all students.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to complete core units in Trimester 3 of the course

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

     

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning principles are embedded within all units. A Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum unit is also available for students to elect to undertake. Specifically designed Careers modules are available on the Course specific cloud Deakin site.

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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.

    Selection is based primarily on academic merit. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

    The minimum entry requirement to this course is:

    • completion of a three year Bachelor degree or Postgraduate degree in a related discipline from an approved university or other educational institution

    OR

    • completion of Bachelor Degree in any discipline PLUS two years of relevant work experience.

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

    Fees and scholarships

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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.

     

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    Entry pathways

    Students who wish to undertake a PhD in the future are recommended to complete units HSN715, HSN719, HSN750 and HSN751.

    If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, following a Bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline, following a bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 0.5 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

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    Duration of H714 will be 8-12 credit points based on past experience and qualifications, recognition for prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis.

    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 and how to apply for credit.

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