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What will I learn?

Contribute to a more equitable world through better food production and supply, with a Bachelor of Human Nutrition.

This health-focused degree gives you a solid foundation in nutrition, food science, and related science subjects.

You'll progress to more targeted study, choosing a specialisation in your third year from the following:

  • Food Science (major)
  • Food Service (major)
  • Biomedical Nutrition (minor)
  • Public Health Nutrition (minor)
  • Analytical Chemistry (minor).

You'll graduate ready for nutrition-related work in healthcare institutions, the public-health sector, aid programs, or food production and services.

Practical learning & work placements

We offer extensive practical and industry experience. You'll complete a workplace or research-based project in your final year.

You'll also take part in:

  • industry visits
  • laboratory exercises
  • computer simulations
  • case studies
  • interaction with community nutrition initiatives
  • industry-based projects.

Progress to a post-graduate specialisation

Choose a career in the diverse food and nutrition industries, or undertake post-graduate study to specialise further:

  • Master of Teaching to work as a science teacher (take the Analytical Chemistry minor)
  • Masters of Public Health (Global Nutrition and Active Living) to work in international aid and development programs (take the Public Health Nutrition minor)
  • Post-graduate dietetics programs to work as a dietitian (take the Biomedical Nutrition Minor); refer to the individual university entry requirements.

Careers in human nutrition

Career options are diverse and dependent on your specialisation. Each fills an industry demand for qualified specialists in their area.

Careers in public health nutrition

Our Public Health Nutrition (minor) focuses on:

  • government programs
  • humanitarian assistance
  • international development work.

Careers in food service

Graduates from the Food Service major will be uniquely prepared for work in food service systems. These systems are found in public and private hospitals, aged care and other institutional facilities.

Aim for one of the following roles:

  • diet monitor, in hospitals and aged care residences
  • food service assistant
  • supervisor of meal systems and staff in institutional kitchens
  • supervisor in community services such as Meals on Wheels.

Careers in food science

A Food Science major prepares you to work with your knowledge of food safety, food quality or product development.

Organisations employing food scientists include:

  • food-processing industries
  • education and research institutes
  • government food laboratories
  • food wholesale and retail industries
  • food safety and regulation bodies
  • product marketing
  • food quality assurance.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Human Nutrition, students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points of Core First Year studies;
  • 144 credit points of Core Professional studies, and;
  • 96 credit points of either Option A or B

Option A:

  • 96 credit points of Major studies;


Option B:

  • 48 credit points of Food Science Minor
  • 48 credit points of Minor studies

Which department am I in?

College of Health and Biomedicine



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,300.00 (15,56,656) per year
AUD $14,150 per semester

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February 2023


Victoria University

Footscray Park campus,

Ballarat Road,



3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into undergraduate courses (for example a bachelor degree) generally requires you to have completed a secondary school qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0); TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67. Section score no less than: Listening: 12, Speaking: 18, Reading: 15, Writing: 21. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50-57 (no section score less than 50); University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 169. No individual band less than 169. VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 5): achieved.

For international students

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent). PLUS: A study score of at least 20 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Health & Human Development, Mathematics (any) or Physical Education. OR: Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent). OR: Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67 (Listening 12, Speaking 18, Reading 15, Writing 21)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 169. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About Victoria University

With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

  • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
  • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
  • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)