Gain industry membership with NSA
Broaden your experience with overseas study tours
Put theory into practice in state-of-the-art food labs
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2020 close 23 February 2020
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Current Deakin Students
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Study a Bachelor of Nutrition Science and develop an understanding of human nutrition and its impact on our population. Learn how to tackle challenges facing our society including disease prevention, lifespan nutrition, obesity, the spread of misinformation, and the social and physiological effects of food on our wellbeing.
Do you want to have a real impact on population health, and improve the wellbeing of communities?
Graduate with a unique perspective on the world of nutrition and learn about the fascinating role of food in both individual and population health. There is more demand than ever for qualified nutrition professionals as society grapples with nutrition-related disease and the impact on quality of life.
It is also possible to go on to study the Master of Dietetics and become a dietitian, but you will need to ensure you complete the required electives - see the Course information Structure ‘Elective units’ section for more information
In this course, you will find yourself studying a range of subjects that will build your foundational nutrition knowledge and translate into a number of career opportunities. Gain a comprehensive understanding of:
- the role of food in disease prevention
- nutrition education and research
- food choice and intake
- food regulation
- nutritional physiology
- lifespan nutrition
- sustainable food systems
- the science of food.
To add diversity to your degree and expand your career opportunities, you can choose elective units in complementary areas such as food innovation, health promotion, psychology, physical activity and health or exercise science.
You will be able to put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art food sensory labs located within our Centre for Advanced Sensory Science.
Designed just like those found in industry settings, you will get hands-on experience that will prepare you for the workplace.
You will also have the opportunity to gain 100 hours of valuable practical experience, either by studying the volunteering unit in year 2 or 3, and/or the Food and Nutrition Practicum elective unit in your final year, ensuring you get the opportunity to receive on-site training in a food and nutrition organisation.
The major in food innovation will prepare you for a career in the food industry, where your knowledge of nutrition and food composition will facilitate the creation and marketing of food products that help to improve health.
You can also learn about nutrition perceptions and issues in different cultures by taking your studies abroad to gain an international perspective. Find yourself learning about food policy in Thailand, enjoying an Amish dinner, visiting Campbell Soup company or visiting Hershey’s in the US or even travelling to the Netherlands to study organic farming.Read More
To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points, you will need to study 24 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 a total of 24 credit points, which must include 16 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).
You are required to complete HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
HSN selective units
Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2018 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2018 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.
Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
plus two elective units (recommended at Level 1)
Level 2 - Trimester 1
plus 2 HSN-coded units (selective or Food Innovation major sequence)
plus 1 elective unit (recommended at Level 1 or Level 2)
Level 2 - Trimester 2
plus 1 HSN-coded unit (selective or Food Innovation major sequence)
plus two elective units (recommended at Level 2)
Level 3 - Trimester 1
plus 2 HSN-coded units (selective or Food Innovation major sequence)
Level 3 - Trimester 2
plus 1 HSN-coded unit (selective or Food Innovation major sequence)
plus one elective unit (recommended at Level 2 or Level 3)
Students who want to complete H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites must enrol in ALL the following elective units:
If an exercise physiology unit has been completed at level 2 (e.g. HSE201 Exercise Physiology, it must be combined with one of these units to meet H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites:
Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
It is recommended that students take the following major sequence:
Alternative major sequences can be undertaken from undergraduate courses offered by any faculty at Deakin University (subject to unit and course rules).
Other major sequences available include:
- Disability and Inclusion
- Exercise Science
- Family, Society and Health
- Health Promotion
- Physical Activity and Health
Note: Minor sequences are not available to H315 Bachelor of Nutrition Science students.
Students can choose to undertake majors from other courses as long as they can fit the major into their course structure and the majors are available for you to undertake.
Please ensure you discuss your request with your Course Adviser to ensure you are still meeting your course rules
Electives are offered subject to availability of resources and quotas where applicable.
2020 course information
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
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 online 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.
Work Integrated Learning
If you are interested in the possibility of enhancing your employment prospects by consolidating your knowledge and skills through realistic field experience, you are encouraged to consider undertaking an industry placement or volunteering experience. You can do this by choosing to complete HSN227 Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences as an elective unit in your second or final year and/or HSN311 Food Science and Nutrition Practicum as an elective in your final year.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent
- Certificate IV in a related discipline or
- Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or
- Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.
Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Recognition of prior learning
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.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
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 Recognition of 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.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
How to apply
Applications to VTAC are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2020.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
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Frequently asked questions
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Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.
As a nutritionist, you will have the knowledge and skills to confidently provide evidence-based advice to communities regarding food and its impact on our health. Graduates of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge surrounding:
- individual and population health
- food analysis
- food sustainability
- food policy
- nutrition for disease prevention
- assessing and evaluating food intake.
Students completing the food innovation major will be prepared for careers requiring knowledge of:
- consumer behaviour
- education and research
- the food industry
- food policy and regulation
- sensory analysis
- product development
- food quality and safety
- food manufacturing.
You will gain the skills required to perform a range of roles across:
- nutrition promotion
- nutrition media and marketing
- quality assurance
- self-employment and consulting
Visit our nutrition careers page for more on the different pathways available to you.
Students can choose to study the prerequisite subjects for further study in Dietetics and apply for the Master of Dietetics on completion of their Bachelor degree. 60% of places in Deakin’s Master of Dietetics are allocated to Deakin graduates.
While studying, you are eligible to apply for student membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Graduates with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science can apply for ordinary membership of NSA or apply to become a registered nutritionist. Registration will ensure you are recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field.
Additionally, if you have completed this degree with a major in food innovation, you may also seek membership into the Australian Institute of Food, Science and Technology (AIFST).
Graduates are eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the:
- Nutrition Society of Australia
- Hong Kong Nutrition Association
- UK Association for Nutrition.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply food and nutrition and health knowledge from a range of perspectives.
Select and use a variety of engaging communication modes to disseminate knowledge to individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations and health professionals.
Select and use appropriate technologies to source, understand, evaluate, and communicate information to professional networks and communities.
Source and critically analyse the food and nutrition literature to apply an evidence-based approach to the field.
Identify and apply practical solutions to a range of changing and complex food and nutrition and health issues.
Employ self-directed, reflective work and learning practices in a responsible manner to professionally contribute to nutrition sciences.
Work collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary teams with a range of stakeholders to advance the field of nutrition sciences.
Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in nutrition sciences.
Deakin's Bachelor of Nutrition Science ensures you are job-ready by offering industry placements in health, diet and well-being. This is your chance to change the future of Australia's food industry.
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