Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Undergraduate degree

This undergraduate course will provide you with knowledge of nutrition and wellbeing, built on a strong understanding of food and nutrition sciences.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Study Deakin's Bachelor of Nutrition Science to develop an understanding of human nutrition and the impact it has on health. 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.

Put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art food sensory labs. Designed just like those in industry settings, our labs provide hands-on experience that prepares you for the workplace. On top of that, you will gain at least 75 hours of additional 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.

Gain extensive practical experience, either by studying the volunteering unit in year two or three, and/or the Food and Nutrition Practicum elective unit in your final year. This allows you to build industry experience and connections while applying your skills alongside established nutritionists.

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 Hershey’s in the US or even travelling to the Netherlands to study organic farming.

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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 the following:

  • 13 core units (these are compulsory)
  • Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.
  • 5 HSN coded (nutrition and food) elective units.
  • 6 elective units which may form a major sequence and 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

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.

12

Compulsory units

6

HSN selective units

6

elective units

24

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 consult your course enrolment officer.

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

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (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:

  • 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:

    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

    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
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Nutrition Science
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    H315
    CRICOS code?
    095521M Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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)

    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

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer the relevant unit guide.

    Workload

    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 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 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.

    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE 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.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    STAT Multiple Choice

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    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 or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

    All Faculty of Health courses require a Special Tertiary Admissions Test Multiple Choice (STAT MC) where the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or any tertiary study (minimum Certificate IV). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish experience to be considered should include this information on their personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    International equivalent requirements

    To view the international academic admission and English language requirements visit the International Undergraduate Course Guide (pages 18-23). If your course or country of origin is not listed please contact study@deakin.edu.au.

    To submit an application please visit the how to apply page.

    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 or Health And Human Development 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’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. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated fee for this course is not currently available, please contact Student Central for further information.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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.

    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

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply through Deakin

    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.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Careers

    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.

    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:

    • advocacy
    • 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.

     

    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 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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

    Employ self-directed, reflective work and learning practices in a responsible manner to professionally contribute to nutrition sciences.

    Teamwork

    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.