Master of Human Nutrition

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  • Qualification:
    Master's Degree
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (8 credit points); or 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time (12 credit points)
  • Start date:
    3 intake dates each year - enquire today!
  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Nutritionist | Nutrition Advisor | Health Policy Advisor |

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Course Rundown

Build advanced skills and knowledge to work effectively as a nutritionist with this Master of Human Nutrition course from Deakin University. 

A holistic qualification grounded in a broad range of related scientific fields, this course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to work as a nutritionist, and give you invaluable insights into the contemporary role of nutritionists in individual, population and societal health. 

You’ll learn about the role of nutrition and diet in health, and consider broader intersections, including biology, social and political considerations as they relate to health. This course draws content from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology, sociology and policy, offering you significant flexibility and the opportunity to develop a broad foundation of scientific knowledge. 

With opportunities to undertake advanced research, this qualification will allow you to contribute effectively to the study, practise and development of human nutrition science, in order to help people and communities thrive. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

1 year full-time (2 years part-time):

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree with honours in a related discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and have two years of relevant work experience; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline; OR
  • Demonstrate evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

1.5 years full-time (3 years part-time):

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and have two years of relevant work experience; OR
  • Demonstrate evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

English language proficiently requirements also apply for both durations.

In this nutrition course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Academic integrity
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Biochemistry and physiology for human nutrition
  • Lifespan nutrition
  • Understanding human nutrition research studies
  • Essentials of food science
  • Assessment methods for nutrition and physical activity research

Students will select a research project option from:

  • Research practice in human nutrition


  • Nutrition research project part A
  • Nutrition research project part B

Elective subjects:

  • Diet and disease
  • Public health nutrition
  • Nutrition promotion
  • Food, nutrition and behaviour
  • Food policy and public health
  • Sports nutrition
  • Systems thinking in public health nutrition
  • Obesity prevention
  • Postgraduate nutrition practicum
  • Nutritional issues from early childhood to adolescence
  • International nutrition
  • Nutrition for healthy ageing
  • International perspectives in food and nutrition

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek employment as a nutritionist. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may choose to seek employment as a nutritionist or nutrition adviser, or work in health administration, health research, or health policy adviser. 

With advanced research opportunities available, this course helps you build specialised and cutting-edge knowledge in order to advance your career and contribute to our understanding of good health and nutrition. This course is also available as a pathway to a PhD program. 

Curious about where a career in nutrition could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated fee for this course is $28,600 for one year of full-time study.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you! 

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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