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

Study the Master of Human Nutrition to gain an expert understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health. Then, develop skills to translate this evidence-based knowledge into advice, policy and research that improves the health and wellbeing of whole populations.

Want the skills and platform to change lives through food and nutrition?

A history of teaching and research excellence, world-class facilities, pioneering academics and a long list of industry partners make Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition one of the leading human nutrition courses in Australia. The course attracts high-achieving students from a broad range of sectors. It caters for those looking to turn their lifelong passion for nutrition into sustained career growth, as well as professionals from other areas of health who want to enhance the quality of their care with expertise in human nutrition.

To truly understand the connection between nutrition and health, you’ll draw on studies from a variety of related disciplines, such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, public health and politics. Combining this knowledge allows you to examine nutrition from different angles, which is particularly beneficial when providing advice to audiences from diverse backgrounds. Better still, everything you learn is evidence-based, giving you the confidence to combat the dissemination of nutrition misinformation.

A highlight of the course is having the freedom to choose up to five elective units. This allows you to create a degree built for you and your unique career goals. Some of your elective unit options include:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Food Policy and Public Health
  • International Nutrition
  • Diet and Disease

If you are looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway, you might like to visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' careers website to ensure the elective units you choose meet your career development needs. The course can also be used as a pathway into a PhD program. 

While the course is conveniently offered on our premium online learning platform, there are many opportunities to engage in practical learning. During the course you can:

  • go on an international study tour to gain a global perspective of food and nutrition
  • leverage the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences’ extensive list of industry partners to secure work and placement opportunities
  • develop your practical research skills with a nutrition research project.

There is growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health, and as a result there are increasing demands from the public for reliable, evidence-based 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 NSA website for further information or queries about registration.

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

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

  • Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research
  • AND

    Research Based Project Option A

    Trimester 3

  • Research Practice in Human Nutrition
  • 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 (2 credit points core unit)
  • Trimester 2

  • Nutrition Research Project Part B (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
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Nutrition Promotion
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Food, Nutrition and Behaviour
  • Trimester 2

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

  • International Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Healthy Ageing
  • International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition
  • Students intending to use H714 Master of Human Nutrition as a PhD entry pathway must complete these units:

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

    Award granted
    Master of Human Nutrition
    Year

    2021 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    Trimester 3 - November

    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 '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.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. 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 your course.

    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 tuition fees.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As the prevalence of global health issues like obesity, malnutrition and mental illness grow, so too has the public’s interest in the relationship between nutrition and health. As a result, there are increasing demands for health professionals who can provide reliable, evidence-based nutrition advice. So much so that jobs in nutrition are expected to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

    As a graduate of this course, you’ll have the practical skills, knowledge and real-world experience to take advantage of this demand. You can confidently enter the role of a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer or nutrition consultant, and explore roles across a variety of sectors including:

    • the food industry
    • state and federal health departments
    • NGOs with a focus on nutrition
    • news and media
    • education
    • private business.

    You will be trained to provide dietary advice in community settings, and you’ll be equally as comfortable working on large-scale nutrition campaigns that impact the health and wellbeing of whole populations.

    Learn more about careers in nutrition

    *Australian Jobs 2019, Department of Jobs and Small Business

    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.