Research and tertiary education

Lab work Research forms a key element in the decisions made around human health.

Graduates can choose to work in research and may gain employment with government and non-government organisations interested in how best to improve health.

Research careers in nutrition can be found in universities, hospitals, research institutes and in the food industry. For more information on 'Research' careers you can go to our Research Careers Website.

You can use your contact with lecturers and tutors to find out about possible research opportunities.

Graduates wanting to further their qualifications can elect to do an honours degree. This can lead onto a Masters by Research or PhD.

In order to become an academic or work in a university it is usual to complete a research degree such as a Masters by Research or PhD

Academics are usually engaged in either research-focused or teaching-focused roles.

Find a comprehensive list of supervisors and their research interests:

Job titles/roles:

Professor, Associate Professor, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Lecturer, Senior Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Scientist, Research Nutritionist, Research Assistant, University Tutor, Demonstrator.


Professional Associations:

Suggested electives:

  • HSN715 Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies
  • HSN719 Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment
  • HSN741 Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum
  • HSN750 Nutrition Research Project Part A
  • HSN751 Nutrition Research project Part B

If you have an interest in research then HSN750 and HSN751 are recommended electives.

Graduate profile:

Alba Granados (pdf 13KB) completed the Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition in 2005 at Deakin University.

Jessica Biesieklerski (pdf 13KB) graduated from Bachelor Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) at Deakin in 2007.

Expert in area:

Dr Susan Torres (pdf 18KB) Lecturer from the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University provides an insight into career opportunities for Nutritionists in Research and Tertiary Education.

Dr Lynn Riddell (pdf 21KB) provides insight into careers for nutritionists in research and tertiary education.

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