Take the next step in your understanding of the effects of nutrition on our population with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours). You will complete coursework alongside an original research project, and develop a unique perspective of research occurring within Australia’s $20 billion dollar food industry.
Are you ready to uncover research that could change society’s perception of food?
Discover more about your area of interest within nutrition sciences by completing an honours year. You will not only build on your foundation knowledge of nutrition, but also enhance your skills to confidently conduct an original research project.
Contribute to knowledge in your specialised area while gaining practical research experience among an ever-developing field.
Paired with a supervisor who is an expert in their field, you will complete an original piece of research under their guidance. Along the way, you will gain an understanding of research methods and design, as well as experience in project planning and implementation.
Examples of previous research projects include:
- The political construction of obesity: a framing analysis of Australian parliamentary debates about junk-food advertising to children.
- The role of visual cues on flavour perception and liking of rice.
- Factors predictive of postoperative clinical outcomes in gastrointestinal surgical patients: A prospective observational study.
- Some of the research being conducted within our research centres such as the Food and Mood Centre and Global Obesity Centre includes the impact of food on mental health issues, such as depression, and the cost effectiveness of obesity prevention policies in Australia.
Deakin is home to leading Australian research centres CASS (Centre for Advanced Sensory Science) and IPAN (Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition), whose studies are at the forefront of food and nutrition research. You will also have the opportunity to study in our state-of-the-art food and nutrition facilities – including industry-standard food sensory labs – that will provide you with hands-on experience to put your research to the test.
By completing your honours degree with Deakin’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, you will graduate with the relevant industry knowledge to pursue a career or complete further research and study. With over 150 partnerships spanning government and organisations within the health field, your learning will be relevant to industry.
Graduate with the knowledge and skills required to confidently provide evidence-based advice regarding food and its impact on our health within community settings.Read More
- Award granted
- Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours)
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 065147K Burwood (Melbourne)
- 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 8.
To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Honours) students must attain 8 credit points, including two coursework units in research methods and research issues and an independent research project. part-time students are required to complete the coursework components in their first year of study.
Attendance and presentation at the School Honours Conference is a hurdle requirement.
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Semester 1 - February
- Start date: February
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Applications for 2024 close on 22 October 2023
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 may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Orientation for this course is mandatory and it normally takes place the week prior to semester starts; i.e. the first week of February.
You should be able to commit 35 hours a week to your honours degree.
Engagement with online course material and scheduled classes (on campus). Regular meeting with project supervisors. On campus participation in other course events as required.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
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 course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units
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 at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
Applicants are required to contact the Supervisors of the projects they are interested in applying for before submitting the Project Preference form.
Allocation to research projects is a competitive process and an applicant cannot be assured of being assigned to their choice of research projects.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are determined by the course you are enrolled in.
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 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 eight 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 international student fees.
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
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
This course is a pathway into Higher Degrees by Research.
With this qualification you will have the knowledge and advanced research skills to apply to careers in areas such as:
- food policy and regulation
- industry researcher
- nutrition marketing and research
- quality assurance
You will also be well equipped with the skills to progress into higher degrees by research or career pathways with a research focus, including industry research or academia. Your understanding of research will ensure you are regarded highly by employers with advanced skills to critically analyse and problem-solve issues within the food, nutrition and health-related sectors.
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
Acquire advanced knowledge of the philosophies, ethics, methods and principles of research in one or more discipline areas of practice in food science and nutrition. Apply this knowledge to plan and execute a substantial research project.
Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills in the clear and coherent communication of research questions, design and outcomes to a diverse audience.
Acquire advanced skills in using digital technologies to research, analyse, synthesise and disseminate evidence-based information to an academic audience and specialists in the field of food science and nutrition. Use appropriate technologies to manage data and apply methodologies applicable for the food and nutrition sciences.
Employ intellectual independence to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific literature and to apply appropriate methodologies and analytical techniques to answer the research question. Apply advanced theoretical knowledge to interpret outcomes and to identify how they contribute to advancing the field of food and nutrition science.
Identify an original research question and, under supervision, apply appropriate theories and methodologies to address this question in an ethical manner.
Take initiative to identify personal learning goals and needs in order to undertake and manage an independent research project including the communication of research outcomes.
Contribute constructively and collaboratively as a member of research and professional team of specialists, peers, academics and others from a range of disciplines and backgrounds.
Apply ethical standards governing research and professional practice in the field of food science and nutrition whilst maintaining confidentiality, and respecting inclusive, cultural sensitivities.