Nutrition Science - M2001

Nutrition Science

Bachelor degree

There is a need for nutritionists who can explain the science underpinning the relationship between diet and disease to the general public. That's why studying a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Monash is such a healthy investment.

As a Nutrition Science graduate you will be able to pursue a career in the food industry, nutrition research, food and health policy or public health and provide eligibility for dietetic studies. The Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Monash is the only program in Australia accredited with The UK Association for Nutrition (AfN). Graduates are eligible to register as Associate Nutritionist in the UK and recognised in the UK and Europe for employment. Graduates are also eligible to apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA).

High achieving students (an ATAR of 90 or above) can apply to be admitted to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science Scholars Program, which provides a direct pathway to a Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) accredited course enabling graduates to apply for accreditation as dietitians. Students who do not qualify for the Scholars' program may be offered admission to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and, as graduates, will still be eligible to compete for entry into the 1.5-year Masters in Dietetics at Monash. The details are in the special note below.

As a nutrition student you'll examine the broad scope of food in society and gain in-depth knowledge of nutritional and biomedical science from specialists in dietary intake and metabolism, public-health nutrition, functional foods, sports nutrition and exercise science, body composition, and hunger and satiety. The challenges associated with the increase in chronic disease in our society will feature prominently.

Your knowledge will be enriched through extensive practical study. You'll learn how to assess dietary intake, experiment with the composition and chemistry of different foods, and gain awareness of the complex regulatory requirements relating to food. You may focus on nutrition research, public-health nutrition or get out into the field with a food-industry placement.

Some of your research projects will place you in the innovative Be Active Sleep & Eat (BASE) facility. BASE boasts a fully equipped commercial kitchen, sleep lab, exercise and fitness suite and our most sophisticated piece of equipment; the iDXA in the body composition suite.

As a graduate, you may be eligible to apply for registration as a nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia, the peak body recognising the highest professional standards in nutrition. If you'd like to further your academic career, the Master of Dietetics is an excellent choice.

Special note for the Scholars pathway to Dietetics:

Monash University has developed a new two-year Master of Dietetics. The process for full Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA) accreditation of the new Masters has begun but it is a rigorous and lengthy process, not expected to be completed until 2017. The University's aim is to achieve accreditation prior to graduation of the first cohort of Scholars. All inquiries regarding the progress of the program's accreditation review should be directed to the Monash University Dietetic Program Coordinator.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science Scholars Program will have the following potential outcomes:

  • Immediate enrolment as Scholars in the Bachelor of Nutrition Science. If the Masters of Dietetics is accredited by the DAA by the end of 2017, Scholars who complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science with an average grade of credit or above are guaranteed entry into the Master of Dietetics in 2019 (supported by CSP or equivalent) with unit credits that mean the Masters may be completed in 1.5 years full time. Graduates of this combined 4.5-year program will be awarded a Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Scholars Program) and the DAA accredited Master of Dietetics.
  • If the Master of Dietetics is not accredited by the DAA by the end of 2017, Scholars will be transferred to the third year of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, a four-year DAA accredited course, at the end of 2017. Graduates of this four-year program will be awarded the DAA accredited Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours).

Students who do not qualify for the Scholars' program may be offered admission to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and, as graduates, will still be eligible to compete for entry into the 1.5-year Masters in Dietetics.

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Subject prerequisites

English Maths Sciences / Other
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Scholars Program)
Accreditation This course is accredited internationally
2017 Course Handbook

Let us take you on a virtual journey

Immerse yourself in the world of Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Get a taste of what it will be like to walk around campus, attend a lecture or work in one of our state-of-the-art medical labs.

Gain industry experience

“I’m doing my work placement at Jenny Craig.  It’s a great environment to be able to translate the nutrition knowledge that I’ve learnt at university into practical, real-life situations for a real company." Roxanne, Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Innovative teaching and learning facilities

“Besides the insightful lectures, we are also provided the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through kitchen and science practicals. This further emphasises on lecture content and strengthens our understanding of topics.” Wai, Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Direct pathway to become an accredited dietitian

“The excellent teaching staff, the content, facilities and my supportive peers were all strong factors in my decision to commence a Masters in Dietetics at Monash.” Melise, Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Master of Dietetics

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements


Equivalent Australian Year 12


All applicants must satisfy the following prerequisites or their equivalents.

English Maths Sciences/Other
IB At least 5 in English SL or 4 in English HL or 6 in English B SL or 5 in English B HL N/A Science: at least 4 in chemistry SL or 3 in chemistry HL
Australian VCE subjects Australian VCE subjects: English: Units 3 and 4 / a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL. N/A Units 3 & 4: at least 25 in Chemistry

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

VCE Subject Bonus
  • A study score of 25 in Biology or 30 in Chemistry equals 2 aggregate points per study.
  • A study score of 30 in Biology or 35 in Chemistry equals 4 aggregate points per study.
  • A study score of 30 in one but no more than one of Food And Technology, Health And Human Development or Physical Education equals 1 aggregate point per study. Overall maximum of 6 points.

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course based on your prior studies, use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

Non-School leaver requirements

Current Monash students applying for a course transfer to this course need to complete a Course Transfer Application form. Refer to the webpage.

English entry requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (with individual band scores of Writing: 6.0, Listening: 6.5, Reading: 6.5 and Speaking: 6.0); or
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE 4.5; or
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with Writing: 21, Listening: 20, Reading: 19, Speaking: 18; or
  • Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Alternative entry pathways

Multiple pathways to this course

There are many ways to gain entry to a course at Monash. If you don't meet our entry requirements, there are pathways to help. More about alternative pathways...

Additionally, we recognise that some applicants may have experienced difficulties that have disadvantaged them when applying for university. We offer a range of special admissions schemes that may help you gain entry to your chosen course.More about special admissions schemes...

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M2001

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than 25% of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students cannot enrol exclusively in distance and/or online learning study in any compulsory study period. See standard 9.4 of The National Code 2007.

CRICOS code: 075117M

This course comprises 144 points, of which 114 points are prescribed, 12 points are selected from a research project, extended study or placement and 18 points are free elective study.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. It is structured in themes that develop your personal/professional capabilities and your knowledge about public health and nutrition, nutrition fundamentals of health and disease, and food science. The themes are drawn together in the final research project, extended study or placement.