Sports nutrition


Help elite athletes get the most out of their bodies and achieve peak performance through food and nutrition. If you enjoy food preparation, health and wellbeing – and have great communication skills – a career in sports nutrition could be for you.

Get work-ready

Put your theoretical knowledge into practice alongside industry experts in world-class learning facilities. This broad range of hands-on experiences, combined with one-on-one career mentoring by staff in particular units, will set you apart from other graduates. Follow our accredited pathway to register and practice after graduation and you'll be ready for a life-changing career in sport.


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.


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.

Industry-informed teaching

As a sports nutrition student, you'll have industry-ready workplace experience and professional training, as well as a chance to study overseas.

Find out more about our sport partnerships

Career opportunities

Graduating as a sports nutritionist, you’ll have the opportunity to consult directly with athletes or work alongside other professionals in a sporting club or an elite training institute. You could also work in a number of fields, including:

  • community health and wellness
  • food laboratories and research institutes
  • nutrition research and education
  • public health nutrition
  • rehabilitation
  • sport science.

My biggest fear is looking back at a time and regretting not giving it a go or not giving it 100%, especially in sport.

Madeleine Hogan

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Paralympian

Research with us

You'll have the opportunity to do your sports nutrition research with some of the best sporting partnerships in Australia. As a higher degree by research student, you'll have the chance to work with organisations like the Geelong Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport.

Our research partners

Deakin's School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is ranked #1 in Australia.* Our research partners include some of Australia's top organisations, such as:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dairy Australia
  • Diabetes Australia – Vic
  • Disability Sports Victoria
  • Food Australia

Learn more about our research

  • Geelong Football Club
  • Heart Foundation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.


*ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2020