2021: February

3 years

2021: A$14,150*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


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.

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.

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

At VU you can spend part of your degree studying overseas all while gaining credits towards your course.

Immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from a new perspective, while building experiences that will help you to stand out in the competitive job market.

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Careers in human nutrition

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

Our Public Health Nutrition (minor) focuses on:

  • government programs
  • humanitarian assistance
  • international development work.

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.

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 First Year core studies;
  • 144 credit points of Professional core studies, and;
  • 96 credit points (2 x minors) from the list below.

College Core Units

Professional Core Units


We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and integrate the science underpinning food and nutrition across populations and food systems;  
  2. Critically review, analyse and synthesise current scientific literature related to food, nutrition and health using a wide evidence base;  
  3. Evaluate evidence to investigate and propose solutions to contemporary, emerging and future-oriented food and nutrition issues;  
  4. Effectively communicate food and nutritional science at an appropriate level with both specialist and non-specialist individuals and groups; using written, oral and technology-based techniques appropriately;  
  5. Contextualise the role of culture, values, ethics and economic, social, regulatory and environmental factors in developing solutions to food and nutrition problems; and  
  6. Apply a broad knowledge base and solid foundations in scientific design and experimental methods to analyse predictable, unpredictable and sometimes complex problems, for the development of more equitable and sustainable global nutrition and food systems.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.


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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Entry requirements

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).
A study score of at least 20 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Health & Human Development, Mathematics (any) or Physical Education.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

All students will be required to obtain a ‘Working With Children Check’ prior to commencing the 2nd year of the course.

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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