Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Undergraduate degree

Gain expert knowledge in nutrition and wellbeing to make a real impact. You'll study a broad range of subjects to unlock career opportunities across health.

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Put theory into practice in state-of-the-art food labs

Key facts


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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

More than 7% of total burden of disease in Australia is due to poor diet.* Study Deakin's Bachelor of Nutrition Science and help tackle the 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. Modelled on commercial laboratories, our food preparation, food analysis and two sensory laboratories give students hands-on real-world laboratory experience preparing you for the workplace.

Gain at least 75 hours of workplace training through industry placement. These experiences ensure you have the practical skills to improve health through food and nutrition – skills that are increasingly in demand as society grapples with nutrition-related diseases and their impact on wellbeing. This course provides a pathway to the Master of Dietetics, which allocates ~60% of places to Deakin graduates.

Do you want to have a real impact on population health, and improve the wellbeing of communities?

In this course, you will study a broad range of subjects that unlock a variety of career opportunities across health and nutrition industries. 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.

Undertaking 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. Other major sequences available include: disability and inclusion; exercise science; family, society and health; health promotion; physical activity and health or psychology.

Students can also choose to study the prerequisite subjects for further study in dietetics and apply for the Master of Dietetics upon completion of their bachelor degree.

Gain extensive practical experience through the Food and Nutrition Practicum unit in your final year. This allows you to build industry experience and connections while applying your skills alongside established nutritionists or food industry professionals.

You can also learn about nutrition perceptions and issues in different cultures by taking your studies abroad to gain an international perspective. International study provides invaluable experience that prepares you to transition from course to career within Australia and around the globe.

You will graduate with industry knowledge, hands-on experience, and an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population, allowing you to work in a range of health-related roles ranging from quality assurance and consulting to marketing and education. Visit our nutrition careers page for more on the different pathways available to you

*Australian Government, Department of Health:

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Nutrition Science

2024 course information

VTAC code

1400514961 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
095521M Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Course structure

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 13 core units (these are compulsory), 5 nutrition selective units and 6 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

You are required to complete HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety and SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program prior to your first laboratory based units in this course.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


Compulsory units


HSN selective units


elective units


Total units

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2022 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2022 should refer to previous online Handbooks or contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

Please refer to the Course Map page for course map information.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Chemistry in Our World
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)
  • The Science of Food
  • Food Fundamentals
  • plus two elective units (recommended at Level 1)

    Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • plus 2 HSN-coded units

    plus 1 elective unit (recommended at Level 1 or Level 2)

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition
  • plus 1 HSN-coded unit

    plus two elective units (recommended at Level 2)

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease
  • Food Policy and Regulation
  • plus 2 HSN-coded units

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Population Nutrition
  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity
  • Food and Nutrition Practicum
  • plus 1 HSN-coded unit (selective or Food Innovation major sequence)

    Students who want to complete H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites must enrol in ALL the following elective units. You can find detailed information on the course entry requirements and frequently asked questions relating to the Master of Dietetics here.

  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development
  • Integrated Human Physiology
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemical Metabolism
  • 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:

  • Principles of Physiology
  • Systems Physiology
  • Major sequences

    Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

    It is recommended that students take the following major sequence: 

    Food Innovation

    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:

    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

    Bachelor of Health Sciences

    Bachelor of Commerce majors

    Bachelor of Arts majors

    Bachelor of Science majors

    Minor sequences

    Disability and Inclusion

    Exercise Science

    Family, Society and Health

    Health, Nature and Sustainability

    Health Promotion

    Medical Biotechnology

    Physical Activity and Health

    Psychology for Allied Health

    Elective units

    Electives are offered subject to availability of resources and quotas where applicable.

    Trimester 1

  • Food Analysis and Quality Assurance
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food
  • Sports Nutrition: Theory and Practice
  • Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation
  • Consumer and Sensory Innovation of Food
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition and Food Promotion
  • Food, Nutrition and Society
  • Trends in Product Development
  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC) for the relevant state prior to undertaking placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students when they enrol into their placement unit.

    Police Record Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for placements as part of this course. Further information and guidance will be provided to students when they enrol into their placement unit.


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, 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 experience

    Work Integrated Learning

    You will enhance 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 in HSN311 Food Science and Nutrition Practicum in your final year.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and haven’t undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 25 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in Biology, any English, Food Studies or Health and Human Development equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Chemistry, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Biology, any English, Food Studies, Health and Human Development or Maths: Further Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in Chemistry, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you are from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Elite Athlete Program

    Student athletes may be eligible to receive 5 bonus aggregate points. Applicants wishing to be considered for an elite athlete bonus must complete a personal statement indicating how their studies have been impacted by participation in sport at an elite level. Applicants must also provide documented evidence of their participation in sport at an elite level to be considered for this. Learn more about the Elite Athlete Program eligibility and how to apply.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,085 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 on our Current students fees website.

    Scholarship 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

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    Indigenous Access Scheme

    You can apply for this course through the Indigenous Access Scheme, which recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and considers the skills, experience and community work that prepares you for study. We look beyond your ATAR and academic results so we can reward your hard work with a place at university.

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    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.

    Pathway to a Master of Dietetics

    #1 sport science school worldwide*

    Graduate eligible to apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia

    Top 10 university in Australia^

    Career outcomes

    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:

    • nutrition
    • individual and population health
    • food analysis
    • food sustainability
    • food policy
    • nutrition for disease prevention
    • assessing and evaluating food intake.

    You will gain the skills required to perform a range of roles across:

    • advocacy
    • nutrition promotion
    • nutrition media and marketing
    • quality assurance
    • self-employment and consulting

    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.

    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.

    Professional recognition

    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 Associate Nutritionist. Registration will ensure you are recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field.

    Graduates are also eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the:

    • Hong Kong Nutrition Association
    • UK Association for Nutrition.

    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).

    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.

    Digital literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to source, understand, evaluate, and communicate information to professional networks and communities.

    Critical thinking

    Source and critically analyse the food and nutrition literature to apply an evidence-based approach to the field.

    Problem solving

    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.

    Global citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in nutrition sciences.

    *ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021, 2022, 2023
    ^ARWU Rankings 2020