Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Graduate with a unique perspective on the world of nutrition and learn about the fascinating role of food in both individual and population health. There is more demand than ever for qualified nutrition professionals as society grapples with nutrition-related disease and the impact on quality of life. To add diversity to your degree and expand your career opportunities, you can choose elective units in complementary areas such as food innovation, health promotion, psychology, physical activity and health or exercise science. You will be able to put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art food sensory labs located within our Centre for Advanced Sensory Science. Designed just like those found in industry settings, you will get hands-on experience that will prepare you for the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to gain 100 hours of valuable practical experience, either by studying the volunteering unit in year 2 or 3, and/or the Food and Nutrition Practicum elective unit in your final year, ensuring you get the opportunity to receive on-site training in a food and nutrition organisation. The major in food innovation will prepare you for a career in the food industry, where your knowledge of nutrition and food composition will facilitate the creation and marketing of food products that help to improve health. You can also learn about nutrition perceptions and issues in different cultures by taking your studies abroad to gain an international perspective. Find yourself learning about food policy in Thailand, enjoying an Amish dinner, visiting Campbell Soup company or visiting Hershey's in the US or even travelling to the Netherlands to study organic farming.


To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points, you will need to study 24 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year. The course comprises a total of 24 credit points, which must include the following: 12 core units (these are compulsory) Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course. Completion of either the 6 unit Food Innovation major sequence or 6 HSN coded (nutrition and food) elective units. 6 elective units which may form a major sequence and can be selected from any faculty (you can choose which ones to study) No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1 and at least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3 All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit). Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


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Standard entry requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Entry will be based on performance in: Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent OR Certificate IV in a related discipline OR Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline OR Successful completion of relevant study - equivalent to at least two Deakin University units - at an accredited higher education institution OR Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience.


While studying, you are eligible to apply for student membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). Graduates with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science can apply for ordinary membership of NSA or apply to become a registered nutritionist. Registration will ensure you are recognised as a qualified nutrition professional in the field. Additionally, if you have completed this degree with a major in food innovation, you may also seek membership into the Australian Institute of Food, Science and Technology (AIFST). Graduates are eligible to apply to become a Registered Associate Nutritionist with the: Nutrition Society of Australia Hong Kong Nutrition Association UK Association for Nutrition.

Study pathways

This course can be a pathway to: H418 Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (Honours) H517 Graduate Certificate of Public Health Nutrition H714 Master of Human Nutrition H718 Master of Dietetics H748 Master of Nutrition and Population Health

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