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Master of Human Nutrition

  • Masters (Coursework)

Study the Master of Human Nutrition to gain an expert understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
H714
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

Study the Master of Human Nutrition to gain an expert understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health. Then, develop skills to translate this evidence-based knowledge into advice, policy and research that improves the health and wellbeing of whole populations.

Want the skills and platform to change lives through food and nutrition?

A history of teaching and research excellence, world-class facilities, pioneering academics and a long list of industry partners make Deakin's Master of Human Nutrition one of the leading human nutrition courses in Australia. The course attracts high-achieving students from a broad range of sectors. It caters for those looking to turn their lifelong passion for nutrition into sustained career growth, as well as professionals from other areas of health who want to enhance the quality of their care with expertise in human nutrition.

To truly understand the connection between nutrition and health, you'll draw on studies from a variety of related disciplines, such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, public health and politics. Combining this knowledge allows you to examine nutrition from different angles, which is particularly beneficial when providing advice to audiences from diverse backgrounds. Better still, everything you learn is evidence-based, giving you the confidence to combat the dissemination of nutrition misinformation.

A highlight of the course is having the freedom to choose up to five elective units. This allows you to create a degree built for you and your unique career goals. Some of your elective unit options include:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Food Policy and Public Health
  • International Nutrition
  • Diet and Disease

If you are looking to pursue a specific nutrition career pathway, you might like to visit the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' careers website to ensure the elective units you choose meet your career development needs. The course can also be used as a pathway into a PhD program.

While the course is conveniently offered on our premium online learning platform, there are many opportunities to engage in practical learning. During the course you can:

  • go on an international study tour to gain a global perspective of food and nutrition
  • leverage the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences' extensive list of industry partners to secure work and placement opportunities
  • develop your practical research skills with a nutrition research project.

There is growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health, and as a result there are increasing demands from the public for reliable, evidence-based 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.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an 'Associate Nutritionist'. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for 'Registered Nutritionist' status. Registration with NSA does not authorise registrants to obtain provider numbers with Medicare or Private Health Insurers. Please refer to the NSA website for further information or queries about registration.

Entry requirements

It will take you 1.5 years or 1 year to complete your 1.5 year masters degree depending on your previous qualifications and professional experience.

1.5 years full time (3 years part time) - 12 credit points
Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline, or
  • Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

1 year full time (2 years part time) - 8 credit points
Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor honours (AQF8) degree or higher in a related discipline, or
  • Bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or higher in a related discipline, or
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

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.

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Career pathways

As the prevalence of global health issues like obesity, malnutrition and mental illness grow, so too has the public's interest in the relationship between nutrition and health. As a result, there are increasing demands for health professionals who can provide reliable, evidence-based nutrition advice. So much so that jobs in nutrition are expected to grow 17.6% by 2023*.

As a graduate of this course, you'll have the practical skills, knowledge and real-world experience to take advantage of this demand. You can confidently enter the role of a nutritionist, nutrition promotion officer or nutrition consultant, and explore roles across a variety of sectors including:

  • the food industry
  • state and federal health departments
  • NGOs with a focus on nutrition
  • news and media
  • education
  • private business.

You will be trained to provide dietary advice in community settings, and you'll be equally as comfortable working on large-scale nutrition campaigns that impact the health and wellbeing of whole populations.

Learn more about careers in nutrition

*Australian Jobs 2019, Department of Jobs and Small Business

Course structure

The Master of Human Nutrition is typically 8 or 12 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money.

To complete the Master of Human Nutrition students must attain 12 credit points comprising:

  • 6 core units (these are compulsory) worth 1 credit point each

Plus choose 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).

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. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Health Services & Support courses at Deakin University.
85.4%
Overall satisfaction
80.1%
Skill scale
71.9%
Teaching scale
69.3%
Employed full-time
$75k
Average salary