Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$8,400 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

CRICOS course code065147K
Deakin course code H418

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Advance your knowledge of food and nutrition science by undertaking an honours degree at Deakin.

Designed for students with a strong undergraduate academic record, the honours year combines coursework and an original piece of research under the guidance of a supervisor. You will gain an understanding of research methods and design as well as experience in project planning and implementation.

Examples of previous honours research pieces include:

  • Dietary sources and sodium content of food provided to pre-school aged children in childcare centres.
  • Does diet quality matter in women who have had gestational diabetes?
  • Does a healthy lifestyle score predict cardiometabolic risk?
  • International household food providers trust in the food supply.

Studying this course lets you dive deeper into a food and nutrition topic of interest. You will also be able to apply to study postgraduate studies by research.

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.

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. Part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.

Attendance and presentation at the School Honours Conference is a hurdle requirement.

Course structure

Core units

Trimester 1

HBS400Research Methods

HSE401Developing Research Skills

Trimester 2

HSN414Honours Research Project

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.

The minimum entry requirement is completion of a Nutrition related undergraduate degree or the completion of an undergraduate degree majoring in Food Science or Nutrition study areas. Students must also achieve a credit average mark or Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65% or greater.

Please note:

2017 Honours projects can be found here.

2017 Project Preference Form needs to be submitted via the applicant portal

Applicants are required to contact the Supervisors of the projects they are interested in applying for before submitting the Project Preference form.

Allocation to research projects is a competitive process and an applicant cannot be assured of being assigned to their choice of research projects.

Closing dates

Honours applications close 25 November 2016

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

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree