Master of Human Nutrition

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$28,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H714

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This is an advanced course in human nutrition which draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.
 
Throughout the course you will develop:

  • advanced knowledge of human nutrition and the complexity of current issues relating to food and human health;
  • an understanding of the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition;
  • skills that will enable you to practise effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings including the food industry, public health nutrition, private practice and business environments; and
  • skills in evaluating the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, thus giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

Professional recognition

Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. For details about the registration process, please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Course rules

The course consists of 12 credit points completed as: 6 core units (1 credit point each) and 6 electives credit points (1-2 credit point electives, 6 credit points in total). At least 4 of the 6 elective credit points must be selected from the Nutrition elective list included in the course structure. Up to 2 credit points may be chosen from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the course director).  Option A: one additional core unit in research and 5 electives (6 credit points in total) or Option B: two additional core units in research (totalling 4 credit points) and 2 electives (6 credit points in total).

For students completing both a postgraduate human nutrition course (H511 or H714) and the Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition (H517), a maximum of 2 credit points of credit for prior learning can be shared between both awards.

Course structure

Students who have previously completed the H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition will be granted preclusions for HSN701, HSN702, HSN749 and HSN735.

Core units

Trimester 1

HSN701Principles of Nutrition (also available in Trimester 3)

HSN749Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology

Trimester 2

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN715Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies

HSN735Essentials of Food Science

Trimester 3

HSN719Population Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment

AND

Research Based Project Option A

Trimester 3

HSN753Research Practice in Human Nutrition

Students would need to complete an additional 5 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition.

OR

Research Based Project Option B

Trimester 1

HSN750Nutrition Research Project Part A (2 credit points core unit)

Trimester 2 - Year 2

HSN751Nutrition Research Project Part B (2 credit points core unit)

Students would need to complete an additional 2 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition

Elective units

Trimester 1

HSN703Diet and Disease

HSN705Public Health Nutrition

HSN709Sports Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

HSN727Advanced Public Health Nutrition

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN741Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum

HSN746Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence

Trimester 3

HSN738International Nutrition (not offered 2015)

HSN743Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

HSN760International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition


Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511)
Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (H616)

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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.

Entry requirements - specific

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in the same discipline area (for example: science, health sciences, nutrition, food science, exercise science, biomedical science, medicine, allied health or nursing) from an approved university or other educational institution. Students from a different discipline area must first complete the H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition or equivalent. Selection is based primarily on academic merit. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.