Master of Human Nutrition

Deakin University

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

Deakin’s Master of Human Nutrition draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and politics and policy.In this course, you will develop an advanced understanding of the role of nutrition and diet in the health of individuals and the population. You will also learn about the biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition along with skills to evaluate the findings of human nutrition studies and undertaking research.This course also provides you with the opportunity to undertake a diverse range of elective study options, giving you the ability to pursue topic areas that align with your interests and career aspirations. Students looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway should first visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' Careers website to ensure the elective units they select will meet their career development needs.

Designed for

Graduates working in areas requiring some knowledge of nutrition, such as agriculture, biology and marketing or those teaching subjects such as home economics, biology or physical education


  • 12 credit points comprising: 6 core units (these are compulsory) worth 1 credit point each
  • Plus one of the following options: Research Based Project Option A
  • HSN753 Research Practice in Human Nutrition and 5 elective units
  • OR Research Based Project Option B (Research focus). HSN750 Nutrition Research Project Part A (2 credit points) and HSN751 Nutrition Research Project Part B (2 credit points) and 2 elective units
  • Up to 2 elective credit points may be chosen from postgraduate units offered by any faculty of the University (subject to unit rules and approval by the Course Director).


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Standard entry requirements

  • Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on recognition of your professional experience and previous qualifications.1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points Admission is based on: Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
  • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline. Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit pointsAdmission is based on: Bachelor degree in a related discipline
  • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience. Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.


Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a 'Register of Nutritionists' to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

Study pathways

Students who wish to undertake a PhD in the future are recommended to complete units HSN715, HSN719, HSN750 and HSN751.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Cloud(online) Domestic: $43,188
International: $56,756

Fee comments

Campuses: Cloud(online).

Note that this course is available to international students via offshore external study only.

Further information

For other information please contact Health enquiries at

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