Master of Human Nutrition

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016

November (Trimester 3)

2017

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
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 sub-headings

Course overview

Learn the skills to work effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. You will also learn about the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition along with skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations.

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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

To complete the Master of Human Nutrition students must attain 12 credit points comprising:

  • 6 core units (these are compulsory) worth 1 credit point each
  • 6 credit points of electives (units worth 1 or 2 credit points, 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: 1 additional core unit in research and 5 electives (6 credit points in total)

OR

  • Option B: 2 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

Core units

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.

From Trimester 1 2015 onwards, students who completed an undergraduate degree from a non-cognate undergraduate study area (e.g. Arts, Commerce, Business, any non-health/science study areas, etc) and have completed H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition, will be granted preclusions for the 4 units they have completed in H511.

Preclusions mean that you are not required to undertake the units within the Masters course and will need to choose 4 HSN7xx electives instead.

For example, if a student completed a Bachelor of Arts course, if they wish to obtain the Master of Human Nutrition, they will need to complete the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (4 credit points) first and then apply into the Master of Human Nutrition course to complete a further 12 credit points,, they will receive preclusions for the units studied in the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition course.
 
From Trimester 1 2015 onwards, students who have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the cognate 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) and have completed H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition, will be granted credit for prior learning for HSN701, HSN702, HSN735 and HSN749.These students will complete 8 credit points within the Master of Human Nutrition course.

Students must enrol in the Cloud offerings of all 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

HSN719Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research

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

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

HSN708Nutrition Promotion

HSN709Sports Nutrition

HSN713Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

Trimester 2

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

HSN714Advanced Public Health Nutrition

HSN734Obesity Prevention

HSN741Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum

HSN746Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence

Trimester 3

HSN738International Nutrition

HSN743Nutrition for Healthy Ageing

HSN760Unit description is currently unavailable (next offered  Trimester 3 2017)


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. 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.

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

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 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and 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.

Alternate exits

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

Workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.