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Find a food and nutrition degree

With ageing populations and increasing public health issues, there is a growing need for nutrition expertise in Australia and worldwide. Our courses are shaped by cutting-edge research and informed by industry partnerships, ensuring you graduate in demand.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Looking for a food and nutrition degree that will prepare you for the workplace?

Graduate highly skilled and work-ready with a degree in food and nutrition from Deakin. You will be qualified to provide evidence-based advice on matters relating to food and its impact on human health.

State-of-the-art facilities

Our food preparation and sensory laboratories are modelled on commercial facilities. Use professional equipment to gain hands-on experience and get ready for your future workplace.

Go on an internship or placement

Gain practical experience through placement opportunities with food and nutrition organisations. You will build professional connections while applying your skills alongside industry experts in the field.

Start your journey with Deakin College

Start your journey with Deakin College

Take the first step towards your dream degree at Deakin College. Based on campus, Deakin College provides a supportive and smooth pathway to a world-class degree at Deakin University. Successfully complete the Diploma of Health Sciences and transition directly into a second-year bachelor degree.

Professional recognition

Depending on what food and nutrition degree you choose at Deakin, you may be eligible for membership and professional recognition from key professional organisations:

  • While studying nutrition science, you’re eligible to apply for student membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Graduates can apply for ordinary membership of NSA or apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist. Registration ensures you’re recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field.
  • You will have global recognition too – as a nutrition science graduate, you are also eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Hong Kong Nutrition Association and the UK Association for Nutrition.
  • If you graduate with a major in food innovation, you may also be eligible for membership in the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).
  • Our Master of Dietetics is accredited by Dietitians Australia (DA). As a graduate you can apply for full membership of DA and the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) program, to work in all areas of dietetics.

Top professional roles in nutrition and dietetics

With increasing community interest in food, nutrition and health, there’s strong demand for specialists across a range of sectors. With a degree from Deakin you could find yourself working in diverse areas like healthcare, marketing, quality assurance or government. Job growth in each field is on track to exceed government forecasts.

Over the next five years, there is strong projected job growth across the following roles, according to Australian Government employment projections*.

  • 101,400 new roles for health professionals
  • 10,600 new roles in advertising and marketing
  • 1,200 new roles for nutrition professionals
  • 4,000 new roles in policy and planning.

Over 40 years teaching dietetics

Deakin was one of the first universities in Australia to offer a course in dietetics. We have proudly run Dietitians Australia accredited courses for more than 40 years.

My study from Deakin College to my masters degree at Deakin University was precious and unforgettable. There were equal opportunities and use of facilities for local and international students.

Christy, Hong Kong

Bachelor of Nutrition Science & Master of Dietetics

Exceptional teaching experiences

At Deakin, our food and nutrition courses are informed by industry leaders and cutting-edge research.

Key industry partners

You will get access to our placement partnerships with respected teaching hospitals, as well as our partners in preventive healthcare and the food industry.

Ground-breaking research

Research at the CASS Food Research Centre is helping to shape the Australian food industry. At the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, we are dedicated to improving the health of Australian communities and preventing disease.

Why study in Australia?

Why study in Australia?

Safe, welcoming and diverse, Australia is one of the most popular destinations for students around the world. Discover what it’s like to live and study in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Coming to Australia to study can be the adventure of a lifetime. From orientation and welcome sessions to academic support and social activities, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Cost of studying in Australia

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Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

*2023 Employment Projections - for the five years to 2028, Jobs and Skills Australia.

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