Master of Human Nutrition
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Master of Human Nutrition|
|Campus||This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode|
1.5 years full time or part time equivalent, depending on your entry point
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)
November (Trimester 3)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||$29,120 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|Level||Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)|
|Deakin course code||H714|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Alternate exits
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.
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
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold.
- If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
- If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.
In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 Learning Outcomes
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply advanced and integrated knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.
Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.
Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and synthesise complex nutrition information and problems, and to interpret and share knowledge, skills and ideas.
Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information and problems in nutrition, to come to well-reasoned conclusions.
Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate and evaluate practical solutions to complex nutrition issues.
Employ high level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations, effective work practices, and responsibility as a nutritionist.
Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.
Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.
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)
- 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 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
|HSN701||Principles of Nutrition (also available in Trimester 3)|
|HSN749||Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology|
|HSN715||Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies|
|HSN735||Essentials of Food Science|
|HSN719||Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research|
Research Based Project Option A
|HSN753||Research 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.
Research Based Project Option B
|HSN750||Nutrition Research Project Part A (2 credit points core unit)|
|HSN751||Nutrition 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
|HSN703||Diet and Disease|
|HSN705||Public Health Nutrition|
|HSN713||Food, Nutrition and Behaviour|
|HSN706||Food Policy and Public Health|
|HSN714||Advanced Public Health Nutrition|
|HSN741||Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum|
|HSN746||Nutritional Issues from Infancy to Adolescence|
|HSN743||Nutrition for Healthy Ageing|
|HSN760||International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (next offered Trimester 3 2017)|
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.
Students who wish to undertake PhD in future are recommended to complete units HSN715, HSN719, HSN750 and HSN751.
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.
|Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511)|
|Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (H616)|
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.