Human nutrition


Sort the fact from fiction to understand the complex ways nutrition supports health. Our courses draw on a cross-section of disciplines, including food science, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

Get work-ready

Tailor your study choices to focus on what you're interested in pursuing after graduation, such as nutrition in childhood, nutrition policy, nutrition in ageing and many more topics. Through your industry knowledge and hands-on experience, you'll gain an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. Graduate with the skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and be ready to undertake further research, if you wish.


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.

Career opportunities

Following your study you'll have the knowledge to pursue a career in the diverse field of nutrition or to enhance and complement work in other health or related fields.

Career fields include:

  • corporate nutrition
  • food and retail industries
  • health journalism, media and communication
  • health programs with local councils
  • research institutes or universities
  • schools and community health centres
  • state and federal health departments
  • state, local government and community settings.

Study nutrition at Deakin

Deakin's Bachelor of Nutrition Science ensures you are job-ready by offering industry placements in health, diet and well-being. This is your chance to change the future of Australia's food industry.

Study and learn from home

Fit your studies around your work and lifestyle commitments. The postgraduate nutrition course is taught online, requiring no physical attendance for ultimate flexibility.


As a graduate of human nutrition from Deakin, you may be eligible for registration as an associate nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Following three years of relevant work experience, associate nutritionists are able to apply for registered nutritionist status.

In my undergrad, I completed nutrition and psychology major streams as I wanted to know the thinking behind people's food choices.

Ashley Ng

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition (Honours)/Master of Dietetics

Research with us

Do your research with one of the best faculties in Australia. We have six relevant strategic research centres to assist you, including the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN).

Our research partners

While researching at Deakin, you'll have access to our industry and public-health research partners. These include:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Dairy Australia
  • Diabetes Australia – Vic
  • Disability Sports Victoria
  • Food Australia
  • Geelong Football Club
  • Heart Foundation
  • Meat and Livestock Australia
  • VicHealth
  • YMCA Australia.

We're here to help

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in human nutrition, we'll help get you there.

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