Discover the food, nutrition or dietetics course for you
With more than 7% of total burden of disease in Australia due to poor diet,* there’s a growing need for nutrition expertise across multiple sectors. Our courses are shaped by cutting-edge research and informed by industry partnerships, ensuring you graduate in demand and ready to tackle society’s challenges. Not sure what course you want to study? We’ve got you covered, explore our disciplines within food, nutrition and dietetics.
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.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Join the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction
Learn from leaders and innovators in food, nutrition and dietetics. You’ll gain hands-on experience in world-class facilities, modelled on commercial laboratories, and take part in placement opportunities with industry partners, ensuring you graduate with confidence.
Want a degree that will make you work-ready?
At Deakin, all our courses are informed by industry leaders and cutting-edge research. Combined with access to world-class facilities and extensive placement opportunities, you’ll graduate highly skilled and work-ready.
Modelled on commercial facilities, our food preparation, food analysis and sensory laboratories give you hands-on experience, preparing you for the workplace.
Gain real-world experience
Gain extensive practical experience through placement opportunities. You’ll build industry experience and connections while applying your skills alongside established nutritionists and food industry professionals.
Learn about food and nutrition perceptions and cultural issues by studying abroad to gain an international perspective. Our nutrition courses lead to registration from international associations.
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 – with strong job growth projected in food, nutrition and dietetics roles.^
In the years leading up to 2028, there is growth projected in the following roles, according to Australian Government employment projections:
- 10,600 new roles in advertising and marketing
- 4,000 new roles for policy and planning managers
- 1,200 new roles for nutrition professionals.
Depending on what food, nutrition and dietetics degree you choose to study, you may be eligible for membership of and professional recognition from key professional organisations when you graduate.
- While studying nutrition science at Deakin, 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’ll have global recognition too – as a nutrition science graduate, you’re 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 currently fully accredited by Dietitians Australia. As a graduate you can apply for full membership of Dietitians Australia and the Accredited Practising Dietitian program, so you'll be able to work in all areas of dietetics.
Studying nutrition at Deakin University has a lot of benefits. My degree will provide me the ability to inform consumers, stimulate innovative thinking, drive vital conversations and build better health outcomes.
Safira Esperanca Da Cruz Carvalho
Bachelor of Nutrition Science
Key industry partners
You'll get access to our numerous placement partnerships with respected teaching hospitals, as well as our partners in preventive healthcare and the food industry.
Over 40 years teaching dietetics
Deakin was one of the first universities in Australia to offer a course in dietetics, and has been proudly offering Dietitians Australia accredited courses for more than 40 years.
Research at the CASS Food Research Centre is helping to shape the Australian food industry. At the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), we’re dedicated to improving the health of Australian communities, and preventing disease.
Want to explore more?
If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in food, nutrition and dietetics, we'll help get you there.
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*Australian Government, Department of Health: www.health.gov.au/health-topics/food-and-nutrition/about
^Jobs and Skills Australia, National Employment Projections 2023 to 2033.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.