Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Commerce challenges you to improve how business operates in the food and nutrition industry. Learn more today.

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Key facts


Lowest selection rank


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2020 close 10 July 2020

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Build your foundation knowledge in nutrition science while understanding the commercial forces that guide Australia's $20 billion food industry. With Deakin’s Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce, you will graduate with highly transferable skills that allow you to work in either field, or where nutrition and business intersect.

Build an understanding of how nutrition affects all aspects of our lives, from our overall health, to population health and disease and ageing. You will graduate with practical skills that prepare you for employment in the thriving health and food industries, with the advanced knowledge to provide evidence-based nutrition advice throughout community settings. Your commerce degree arms you with versatile skills that ensure you’re ready for the business roles of the future. You’ll work with real clients on industry projects, and have the opportunity to connect with global leaders in business on an overseas study tour.

Why not combine your passion for food and nutrition with business skills that prepare you for a career in the food industry?

While studying nutrition sciences, you’ll gain expertise and insight into the overall impact of food on health and wellbeing, and graduate ready for a successful career in the health and human services sector – the largest and fastest growing employment sector in Australia.

Your commerce degree will equip you with highly transferable skills that ensure you graduate ready to confidently advise in roles across business and government. By choosing to complete a business major, you will gain insight into how a specialised area of commerce affects the nutrition industry. The majors available in the commerce stream of this degree include:

  • accounting
  • economics
  • finance
  • human resource management
  • management
  • management information systems

The core units within this combined degree prepare you for a range of careers, including:

  • business analytics
  • disease prevention
  • economics
  • finance
  • food habits
  • food sustainability
  • food science
  • lifespan nutrition
  • management
  • marketing
  • nutritional physiology
  • sustainable food systems.

Both the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Deakin Business School house state-of-the-art facilities to expose you to industry-standard environments while you study. Put theories to the test in our food sensory labs and develop your skills in business analytics at the IBM Centre of Excellence.

Broaden your cultural understanding of nutrition and commerce by taking your studies overseas. Learn about strategic management in South Korea or head to the US to visit some of the world’s biggest food organisations. International study provides invaluable experience that prepares you to transition from course to career within Australia and around the globe.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 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 32 credit points. 16 credit points are Nutrition Science units, and 16 credit points are Commerce units, which includes the completion of a prescribed Commerce major sequence from one of the following options: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing, which must include the following:

  • 16 credit points studied within the Faculty of Business and Law must include the 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132, MIS171 and  MWL101.
  • Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core 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.

Students may be able to complete their course in three years by undertaking units in Trimester 3, subject to availability of units in Trimester 3. Course maps to aid students with course planning and progression are available at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences page.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health HSN101
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Accounting for Decision Making MAA103
  • Fundamentals of Finance MAF101
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety HSN010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Food Fundamentals HSN106
  • Economic Principles MAE101
  • Law for Commerce MLC101
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems HSN105
  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211
  • Management MMM132
  • Marketing Fundamentals MMK101
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • The Science of Food HSN104
  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • Business Analytics MIS171
  • Professional Insight MWL101
  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Sensory Evaluation of Food HSN223
  • Diet and Disease HSN301
  • Plus two units from one Business major sequence

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN202
  • Nutrition and Food Promotion HSN210
  • Plus two units from one Commerce major sequence

    Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Food Policy and Regulation HSN309
  • Consumer and Sensory Innovation of Food HSN319
  • Plus two units from one Commerce major sequence

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Population Nutrition HSN302
  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity HSN305
  • Plus two units from one Commerce major sequence

    Please contact a course adviser for specific course planning advice via email

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce


    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    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

    Trimester 2 - July

    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

    Bachelor of Nutrition Science (H315)
    Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

    Course duration - additional information

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


    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 on-line 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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Not applicble

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    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

    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.

    Admissions information

    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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - 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. 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 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 - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $10,282 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.

    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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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal.

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    Register your interest to study at Deakin

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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce with our pathways finder.

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    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888

    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.

    Become accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia

    #3 sport science school in the world^

    Top 10 university in Australia**

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

    Career outcomes

    This combined course will give you a competitive edge when it comes to employment. You will not only have the understanding of how nutrition affects our population, but the business skills to critically analyse its relationship to commerce. Find yourself in roles including:

    • brand/product management
    • consumer education
    • consumer research
    • food composition
    • food policy
    • food regulation
    • management
    • marketing and media
    • quality assurance
    • wholesale and retail.

    Professional recognition

    This qualification allows you to receive recognition from both nutrition and business professional bodies.

    Enrolled students and graduates may apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Graduates may apply for registration which will ensure you’re recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field.

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). We are also the only Australian university with this accreditation, meaning you are graduating with a degree that is of a global standard.

    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.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Nutrition Science (H315) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

    *2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Subject Rankings
    **ARWU Rankings 2018
    ^ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018
    * Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.

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