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Careers in food and nutrition

The health and human services sector is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in Australia and the world. With ageing populations and public health issues like obesity, heart disease, and chronic illness on the rise, employability in the sector is strong, and continually increasing.

With a degree in food and nutrition, you will be qualified to provide evidence-based advice on a range of matters relating to food and its impact on human health. You might choose to become a nutritionist with the knowledge to provide expert advice and services surrounding food and nutrition across many sectors. Or pursue extra training to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian, with the accredited qualifications to work one-on-one with patients in clinical contexts, such as hospitals and private practice.

Welcoming international students to Australia

The Australian border is open. We look forward to welcoming student visa holders to our Australian campuses this year. We recommend you apply for your visa as soon as you accept your Deakin offer and we issue your confirmation of enrolment.


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.

Professionally recognised degrees

As a Deakin nutrition graduate, you are eligible to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australia, as well as with leading international bodies the Hong Kong Nutrition Association and the UK Association for Nutrition. If you choose a major in food innovation, you could also become a member of the Australian Institute of Food, Science and Technology (AIFST).

Graduates of Deakin’s Master of Dietetics are eligible for full membership from the Dietitians Association of Australia, and can become an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD).

My study from Deakin College to my masters degree at Deakin University were 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

State-of-the-art facilities

Benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities like our food preparation and food sensory laboratories. These purpose-built facilities have been modelled on commercial laboratories, and will provide you with experience using professional equipment and engaging in the same type of work that will await you in the industry.

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Real-world experience

Deakin puts a strong emphasis on preparing you for the workplaces you will experience after graduating. In our Bachelor of Nutrition Science, you have the opportunity to gain 100 hours of valuable practical experience in a food and nutrition organisation such as Mars Foods, VicHealth or Diabetes Australia.

The future of Nutrition and Dietetics is at Deakin

Get an insight into our facilities available to nutrition and dietetics students at Deakin. You'll have access to state-of-the-art teaching spaces, industry-standard equipment and brand-new technology designed just like those found in industry settings.

Study Nutrition at Deakin

Deakin's Bachelor of Nutrition Science will ensure you are job ready by offering industry placements in health, diet and well-being. You'll build a foundation in nutrition science with an option to specialise in food innovation, and change the future of Australia's food industry.

Deakin’s Master of Dietetics

Hear from Deakin’s Master of Dietetics academics, industry partners and graduates about how Deakin prepares you for a rewarding career in dietetics and nutrition. At Deakin, you’ll be taught by Accredited Practising Dietitians and industry experts, and participate in 22 weeks of professional practice placement.

How to apply: international students

Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.

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