Study opportunities

Stand out to employers with industry-relevant workplace experience, professional accreditations and world travel.

If you're not sure what you'd like to do after university, these opportunities are even more useful.


Learn on the job

Do a work placement as part of your degree and you'll earn credits while gaining valuable industry experience. As well as developing a range of practical skills, you'll get a good idea of all the career options available to you, including roles you didn't know existed.

Our work integrated learning (WIL) units

Exercise and Sports Science Practicum (HSE312)

A minimum of 140 hours in an exercise and sport organisational setting. Past students have gone to Melbourne Football Club, Geelong Football Club, the Victorian Institute of Sport and overseas sporting organisations.

Sport Coaching and Development Practicum (HSE321)

A maximum of 30 hours of coaching and development in a community setting. Past students have enjoyed experiences at North Balwyn Netball Club, Glen Iris Football Club and more.

Food and Nutrition Practicum (HSN311)

100 (or more) hours of on-site training. You can choose to focus on topics such as food regulation and analysis, marketing, innovative product formulation, nutritional panel analysis and nutrition education.

Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum (HSN741)

Students of the Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition and the Master of Human Nutrition complete 100 hours of workplace learning. 

As well as industry-specific skills you’ll focus on professional growth and self-reflection, developing, planning and managing a project, and communication.

Pathways in exercise and nutrition

Interested in a career in exercise and sport science, food and nutrition sciences, clinical exercise physiology or dietetics? Find out about Deakin's exercise and nutrition sciences courses from people who studied them. Introducing Deakin graduates Jennifer, Maree and Sheena.

Add a professional accreditation to your resume

A national accreditation is a stamp of approval from an industry's governing body. Graduates of accredited courses are highly regarded around the world.

Our accreditations

Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA)

Deakin's Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science is the first and longest-standing, nationally accredited undergraduate exercise and sport science program in Victoria.

Our Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is also the first Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) course in Victoria to be accredited by ESSA

Graduates can become registered providers for Medicare Australia, WorkSafe Victoria, DVA, TAC and others.

Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

Our Master of Dietetics is accredited by DAA. Students graduating from this course are eligible for full membership of the DAA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program, and can work in all areas of dietetics.

Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA)

Current students and graduates of the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences and the Master of Human Nutrition can apply for their Associate Nutritionist registration via the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

Study tours

Travel abroad and immerse yourself in a different culture while earning credits. Study tours run for two to three weeks and are guided by academics.

International food and nutrition study tour

Every second year, a group of students from food, dietetics and nutrition spend up to three weeks in a different country. In 2013, we went to the Netherlands, followed by the USA in 2014 and Singapore and Malaysia in 2015.

  • Gain unique insights into health, nutrition, food production, policies and disease prevention in the host country.
  • Experience the culture through art, history, dance and food.
  • Establish an international network.

Find out more about overseas study

I travelled to the US as part of a study tour. When you think of a course in food and nutrition, I bet you don't think you could wind up making your own chocolate bar in the Hershey's factory. These are the kinds of opportunities Deakin offers that enrich the course.

emma fehring

bachelor of food and nutrition sciences graduate