Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Dietetics Pathway)

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Dietetics Pathway) is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a dietitian, with a guaranteed pathway to Deakin's Master of Dietetics.

Key facts


Lowest selection rank


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

Study a Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Dietetics Pathway) and develop an understanding of human nutrition and its impact on our population. Learn how to tackle challenges facing our society including disease prevention, obesity, the spread of misinformation, and the social and physiological effects of food on our wellbeing. This course is designed for students who wish to study nutrition with a pathway to the Master of Dietetics.

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 and dietetics professionals as society grapples with nutrition-related disease and the impact on quality of life.

In this course, if you achieve an average weighted average mark (WAM) of 75 or above, you will be guaranteed entry into the Master of Dietetics. This course offers the same structure and units as for our Bachelor of Nutrition Science but also ensures that the dietetics prerequisites are incorporated as core units, to fulfil the entry requirements for dietetics. Graduates will be made an offer to study in the Master of Dietetics once they have completed all the necessary units and met the hurdle WAM requirement.

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.

A 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 will also have the opportunity to gain 100 hours of valuable practical experience, either by studying the volunteering unit in year 2 or 3, or the Food and Nutrition Practicum unit in your final year, ensuring you get the opportunity to receive on-site training in a food and nutrition organisation.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Dietetic Pathway), 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 the following:

  • 17 core units (these are compulsory)
  • Completion of either the 6 unit Food Innovation major sequence or 5 HSN coded (nutrition and food) elective units.
  • 1 -2 elective unit(s) which can be selected from any faculty (you can choose which ones to study)
  • No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1 and at least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3
  • Students must enrol and pass HAI010 – Academic Integrity.
  • Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to the first laboratory based unit in this course.
  • Completion of SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program prior to the first SLE coded unit.
  • Completion of HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety prior to commencing HSE208.
  • Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


Compulsory units


HSN selective units


elective units


Total units

Core units

Level 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
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems HSN105
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety HSN010 (0 credit points)
  • The Science of Food HSN104
  • Food Fundamentals HSN106
  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211
  • Biochemistry SLE212
  • plus 2 HSN-coded units - recommended at level 2

    Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN202
  • Integrated Human Physiology HSE208
  • Biochemical Metabolism SLE222
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety HSE010 (0 credit points)
  • plus 1 HSN-coded unit- recommended at level 2

    Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease HSN301
  • Food Policy and Regulation HSN309
  • plus 1 HSN level 3 unit

    plus 1 elective unit - recommended at level 2 or level 3

    Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Population Nutrition HSN302
  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity HSN305
  • plus 1 HSN level 3 unit

    plus one elective unit - recommended at Level 2 or Level 3

    Major sequences

    It is recommended that students commencing in first year in 2018 take the Food Innovation major sequence.

    Note: Students who commenced H315 Bachelor of Nutrition Science in 2018 and received credits, please contact a Course Adviser via before you enrol into the Food Innovation major.

    Elective units

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

    Trimester 1

  • Food Analysis and Quality Assurance HSN206
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food HSN223
  • Sports Nutrition: Theory and Practice HSN307
  • Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation HSN315
  • Consumer and Sensory Innovation of Food HSN319
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Safety HSN204
  • Nutrition and Food Promotion HSN210
  • Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences HSN227
  • Food, Nutrition and Society HSN308
  • Food and Nutrition Practicum HSN311
  • Trends in Product Development HSN320
  • Trimester 3

  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition HSN360
  • The Food Innovation major includes the following units:

  • Food Analysis and Quality Assurance HSN206
  • Sensory Evaluation of Food HSN223
  • Food Safety HSN204
  • Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation HSN315
  • Consumer and Sensory Innovation of Food HSN319
  • Trends in Product Development HSN320
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Dietetics Pathway)

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510671 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin 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

    • Start date: March
    • 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).

    Mandatory student checks

    HSN227 and HSN311, which are both elective, work-integrated learning units, require a community placement or interaction with the community. These units may require a police check and working with children check. Refer to the relevant unit guide for further details.


    Approximately 150 hours of learning and assessment activities per credit point

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to complete laboratory safety modules and a compulsory zero credit point Academic Integrity unit.

    Deakin’s standard holiday breaks are listed here:

    This course allows you to select elective units that may include placements, work based training, community-based learning and collaborative research training arrangements. Before you enrol in units, please check the unit specification to understand these compulsory learning experiences.

    Placement may occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks, upon discussion with host organisation.

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

    Work experience

    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 HSN311 Food Science and Nutrition Practicum or HSN227 Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences as an elective unit in your final year.

    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

    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


    • Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline


    • 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


    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 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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $9,527 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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

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    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

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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 (Dietetics Pathway) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888

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    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

    Career outcomes

    Career skills are developed throughout the course. Specific Work integrated learning is offered as an elective from the second year of study. Students can enrol in HSN227 Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences or HSN311 Food and Nutrition Practicum. We encourage students to undertake a placement to enable them to gain hands on experience, and a pathway to their future career. Upon graduating from H718 Master of Dietetics (subject to course rules) students are well placed to pursue careers in all areas of dietetics.

    Professional recognition

    This course is not accredited by a professional body

    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. 


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