Human nutrition


Studying human nutrition is a great way to diversify your knowledge and skillset in preparation for a career in health. Our courses draw on a cross-section of disciplines, including food science, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

International study tours: from Hershey's in the US to organic farms in the Netherlands
Postgraduate nutrition courses: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere

Career opportunities

Got the travel bug? Take your career overseas. Job growth in this sector is strong as public-health issues continue to rise, both here and around the world.

Career fields include:

  • corporate nutrition
  • food and retail industries
  • health/journalism, media and communication
  • health programs with local councils
  • health services management
  • private consulting
  • research institutes or universities
  • schools and community health centres
  • sports nutrition
  • state and federal health departments
  • state, local government and community settings.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

In my undergrad, I completed nutrition and psychology major streams as I wanted to know the thinking behind people's food choices.



Study and learn from home

Fit your studies around your work and lifestyle commitments. The postgraduate nutrition course is taught via Deakin’s Cloud Campus, requiring no physical attendance for ultimate flexibility.

Research with us

Do your research with one of the best faculties in Australia. We have six relevant strategic research centres to assist you, including the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

Learn more about researching with us

Our research partners

While researching at Deakin, you'll have access to our industry and public-health research partners. These include:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dairy Australia
  • Diabetes Australia – Vic
  • Disability Sports Victoria
  • Food Australia
  • Geelong Football Club
  • Heart Foundation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.


As a graduate of human nutrition from Deakin, you may be eligible for registration as an associate nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Following three years of relevant work experience, associate nutritionists are able to apply for registered nutritionist status.

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