Master of Human Nutrition

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your knowledge across food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and more with a Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent, depending on your entry point

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Learn the skills to work effectively as a nutritionist in a range of employment settings.

Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.

In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. You will also learn about the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition along with skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.

This course also provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

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Course structure

The Master of Human Nutrition is typically 8 or 12 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.

To complete the Master of Human Nutrition students must attain 12 credit points comprising:

  • 6 core units (these are compulsory) worth 1 credit point each

Plus choose one of the following options:

Research Based Project Option A

  • HSN753 Research Practice in Human Nutrition and *5 elective units

OR

Research Based Project Option B (Research focus)

  • HSN750 Nutrition Research Project Part A (2 credit points) and HSN751 Nutrition Research Project Part B (2 credit points) and *2 elective units

* Up to 2 elective credit points may be chosen from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director).

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

This course structure applies to students who commenced the course from 2019 onwards.

Students who completed an undergraduate degree from a non-cognate undergraduate study area (e.g. Arts, Commerce, Business, any non-health/science study areas, etc) must  complete either H511 Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition or H616 Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition first before enrolling into H714 Master of Human Nutrition.

Students who have completed H511  will receive  Recognition of Prior Learning for the 4 credit points already completed in H511 and then complete 8 credit points in the H714 course.

Students who completed H616 will receive Recognition of Prior Learning for the 8 credit points already completed in H616 and then complete 4 credits points in the H714 course.

Students who completed an undergraduate degree from a cognate study area may be granted preclusions for the units they have completed in their undergraduate course.

Preclusions mean that you are not required to undertake the specific units within the Masters course but you will need to choose another HSN7xx electives instead.

For example: H315 Bachelor of Nutrition Sciences student has completed HSN211 Nutritional Physiology, they can be precluded from HSN701 Principles of Nutrition and they will need to choose another HSN7XX unit to replace HSN701.


Students must enrol in the Cloud offerings of all units

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Principles of Nutrition HSN701 (also available in Trimester 3)
  • Biochemistry and Physiology for Human Nutrition HSN749
  • Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN702
  • Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies HSN715
  • Essentials of Food Science HSN735
  • Trimester 3

  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research HSN719
  • AND

    Research Based Project Option A

    Trimester 3

  • Research Practice in Human Nutrition HSN753
  • Students would need to complete an additional 5 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition.

    OR

    Research Based Project Option B

    Trimester 1

  • Nutrition Research Project Part A HSN750 (2 credit points core unit)
  • Trimester 2

  • Nutrition Research Project Part B HSN751 (2 credit points core unit)
  • Students would need to complete an additional 2 elective units to complete the 12 credit points for the H714 Master of Human Nutrition

    Elective units

    Trimester 1

  • Diet and Disease HSN703
  • Public Health Nutrition HSN705
  • Nutrition Promotion HSN708
  • Sports Nutrition HSN709
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour HSN713
  • Trimester 2

  • Food Policy and Public Health HSN706
  • Systems Thinking in Public Health Nutrition HSN714
  • Obesity Prevention HSN734
  • Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum HSN741
  • Nutritional Issues from Early Childhood to Adolescence HSN746
  • Trimester 3

  • International Nutrition HSN738
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing HSN743
  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition HSN760 (next offered  Trimester 3 2019)
  • Students intending to use H714 Master of Human Nutrition as a PhD entry pathway must complete these units:

  • Understanding Human Nutrition Research Studies HSN715
  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research HSN719
  • Nutrition Research Project Part A HSN750
  • Nutrition Research Project Part B HSN751
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Human Nutrition
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    H714
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Alternative exits

    Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition (H511)

    Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition (H616)

    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

    Applicable only to students undertaking practicum units, who will therefore require a working with children check. Not mandatory for all students.

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

    Participation requirements

    Students are required to complete core units in Trimester 3 of the course

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

     

    Work experience

    Work Integrated Learning principles are embedded within all units. A Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum unit is also available for students to elect to undertake. Specifically designed Careers modules are available on the Course specific cloud Deakin site.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    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

    The minimum entry requirement to this course is completion of a three year Bachelor degree or Postgraduate degree in a related discipline from an approved university or other educational institution OR completion of Bachelor Degree in any discipline PLUS two years of relevant work experience.

     

    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 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 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 might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    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.


    Entry pathways

    Students who wish to undertake a PhD in the future are recommended to complete units HSN715, HSN719, HSN750 and HSN751.

    If you have a Bachelor (Honours), in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate certificate in the same discipline, following a Bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (8 credit points).  If you have a graduate diploma in the same discipline, following a bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 8 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 0.5 year full-time, or part-time equivalent (4 credit points)

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    Duration of H714 will be 8-12 credit points based on past experience and qualifications, recognition for prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis.

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    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    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

    Graduates will be equipped to find careers as a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer and nutrition consultant.

    Graduates can expect to gain employment in a wide range of organisations such as food industry, state or local government community settings, state and federal health departments, NGOs with a nutrition focus, media or the corporate sector.

    Professional recognition

    Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

    As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website for further information or queries about registration.

    You can find additional careers information about this course here

    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 advanced and integrated knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.

    Communication

    Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.

    Digital Literacy

    Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and synthesise complex nutrition information and problems, and to interpret and share knowledge, skills and ideas.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information and problems in nutrition, to come to well-reasoned conclusions.

    Problem Solving

    Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate and evaluate practical solutions to complex nutrition issues.

    Self-management

    Employ high level personal responsibility, accountability and autonomy to demonstrate expert judgement, adaptability to new situations, effective work practices, and responsibility as a nutritionist.

    Teamwork

    Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.

    Global Citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.

     

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