Nutrition Science - M2001
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.
At a glance
|English||Maths||Sciences / Other|
|Start date||First Semester (February)|
|Qualification||Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Scholars Program)|