Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$9,578 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

VTAC Codes1400510111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D301

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Discover a unique career path when you combine a passion for food and nutrition with the practical, highly transferable skills of a business degree.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences gives you an understanding of the nature of food and the importance of nutrition for health. Throughout this stream of the course, you will gain an understanding of human nutrition and the complexity of current issues relating to food and human health. This includes cardiovascular disease, nutrition and ageing, children’s food habits, social and physiological aspects of food and nutrition, and bone health.

You will gain an understanding of food, food choice and its relationship to health, consumer perceptions and the role of nutrition in human health and disease prevention. You will also learn about the health and commercial considerations related to the food supply, the nutritional implications of food product compositions and the sustainability of global food supplies.

The Bachelor of Commerce stream of this degree provides a solid foundation in business, economic and financial principles as well as skills in business analytics. You can choose to undertake a major in either management or marketing as part of this course.

Deakin’s commerce courses are some of the most flexible and broadly based business programs on offer at any Australian university. Our Bachelor of Commerce is the only Australian Bachelor of Commerce that is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a quality benchmark for business education programs globally.

There is a business side to every industry, and a commerce degree gives you versatile business and marketing skills that can be applied virtually anywhere. Combining commerce with studies in food and nutrition sciences means that you will find new and innovative ways to enhance the business and marketing efforts of businesses and organisations operating in the world of food and nutrition.

As a graduate of this combined degree you will be armed with the right knowledge to work in anything from food policy, food regulation, nutrition, and quality assurance and control, to advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, consumer education and awareness campaigns.

Professional recognition

Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA).

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

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.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing this course you will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, health, food analysis and business, economic and financial knowledge. You will be suited to work in many areas that require knowledge of the food industry, food composition, and nutrition, as well as business-related skills such as management and marketing. These areas may include jobs in research and development, product development, product management, consumer research and marketing and management roles in the food, nutrition and health industries. You may also gain employment in other diverse areas including: food policy, food regulation, quality assurance and control, food wholesale and retail, advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, consumer education and awareness campaigns.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises 32 credit points. 16 credit points are Food and Nutrition Sciences units, and 16 credit points are Commerce units, which includes the completion of a prescribed Commerce major sequence (Management or Marketing).

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

HSN010Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSN104The Science of Food

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MWL101Personal Insight

Year 1 - Trimester 2

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN106Food Fundamentals

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MIS171Business Analytics

Year 2 - Trimester 1

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

MAE101Economic Principles


Year 2 - Trimester 2

HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MLC101Law for Commerce

Year 3 - Trimester 1

HSN103Food: the Environment and Consumers

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN301Diet and Disease

Plus one unit from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Year 3 - Trimester 2

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

HSN302Population Nutrition

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Year 4 - Trimester 1

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Year 4 - Trimester 2

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

Plus three units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Please note that students in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce course may be able to complete their course in three years by undertaking units in Trimester 3, subject to availability of units in Trimester 3.

Course grids to aid students with course planning and progression are available for download at website:

Please contact a course adviser for specific course planning advice via email

Alternative exits

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (H315)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate 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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.


This course can be a pathway to:

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.


As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.