Bachelor of Nutrition Science FAQ
There is no better place to start your journey than here at Monash. With our Bachelor of Nutrition Science, you can enjoy an education that is flexible and internationally recognised, equipping you with the necessary skills to excel in your dream career. By the end of our degree, you can expect to be provided with a comprehensive education that taps into the multifaceted discipline of human nutrition.
The standard duration of our Bachelor of Nutrition Science is 3 years. For those who wish to become Dietitians, you can complete the Masters degree, extending your study to 4.5 years. The Bachelor of Nutrition Science will make you eligible to apply to register as a nutritionist, both in Australia and the UK, and will equip you for potential employment within the food industry, nutrition research, and the public health sector.
No matter where you intend to head with your degree, everyone starts at the same place. In the first two years you can expect to gain an appreciation of food in society; nutrition requirements across the life-span; an in-depth knowledge of nutritional and biomedical science, from biochemistry to immunology; and the role of nutrition in health and disease. Theory will also be intertwined with practical elements such as assessing dietary intake, food chemistry and composition, and the complex regulatory requirements relating to food labelling.
In the final year, the degree becomes more specialised. You will have the opportunity to focus on an area of nutrition research that interests you. You will learn from researchers and practitioners who specialise in diverse areas including dietary intake and metabolism, public health nutrition, sports nutrition, body composition, and appetite regulation. You also have the exciting and rare opportunity to undertake a work placement and experience what it is like to work in the food industry or public health.
Why study the Bachelor of Nutrition Science?
Poor nutrition is now recognised as being a key risk factor in the development of a number of the diseases that we, as a society, face today.
Simple changes to the quantity and type of foods we eat can have a significant impact on health. There is a growing need for graduate nutritionists who are capable of translating the complex science underpinning the relationship between diet and disease to the general public.
This course has a strong foundation in nutrition science in the first two years covering the scientific basis of nutrient requirements and healthy eating, intertwined with practical elements such as assessing dietary intake, food chemistry and composition, and the complex regulatory requirements relating to food. The final year focuses on research skills, culminating in a nutrition-related research project or work placement project and elective units in sports and exercise nutrition and nutrition controversies. A choice of electives in year three allows students to tailor the degree to their relevant interests.
Students will be able to carry out their research projects within the newly developed Be Active Sleep Eat (BASE) complex. A new facility at Notting Hill, fully equipped with state of the art research equipment, and run by highly qualified and experienced investigators. Our facilities feature a commercial kitchen, exercise and fitness studio, phlebotomy room, sleep laboratory, body composition, metabolic testing and anthropometric suites plus consulting rooms.
Is this course accredited?
Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Nutrition Society of Australia. Applications are considered by the NSA Council from individuals with a suitable qualification in Nutrition Science.
Graduates are eligible to apply for direct entry into the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) at Associate status, as our course is accredited by the Association of Nutrition (UK).
|The Bachelor of Nutrition Science meets the academic qualifications required for Membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).|
If you wish to take your knowledge to another level, you can pursue a Master in Dietetics, where you will be eligible for accreditation by Dietitian Australia.
What is the Bachelor of Nutrition Science Scholars Program?
Very high achieving school leavers (those with an ATAR of 90 or above) can apply to be admitted to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science Scholars Program. This will provide a direct pathway to the Master of Dietetics taught at Monash University. To be accepted into the MDiet degree, you will need to attain a distinction average throughout the Bachelor of Nutrition Science.
When is the intake?
Intake is for first semester only (no mid-year intake).
What is the duration?
3 years full time, there is no part-time available
What study modes are available?
The only mode of teaching available to BNutSc students is full time and on-campus. It would not be possible to do full-time work whilst simultaneously studying the BNutSc as there are a considerable number of contact hours and compulsory attendance requirements. Lectures and tutorials are taught at Clayton campus.
What are the entry requirements and selection process?
Entry is competitive and completion of the required subjects at the stipulated level DOES NOT guarantee a place in the course.
Minimum Entry requirements in terms of prerequisite subjects for 1st year entry for are:
English: Australian VCE subjects: English: Units 3 and 4 / a study score of at least 27 in English (EAL) or 25 in English other than EAL.; OR a Distinction grade in a tertiary unit recognised as being equivalent to Year 12 English
Chemistry OR Biology: Units 3 & 4: a study score of at least at least 25 in either Chemistry or Biology; OR a Distinction grade in a tertiary unit recognised as being equivalent to Year 12 Chemistry or Biology.
If you don't meet the English pre-requisite, what can you do?
Information is found at http://www.monash.edu.au/admissions/english-language-requirements.html. You will need to check the course finder for the entrance requirements as they may be higher than what is listed as the minimum requirements.
If you don't meet the Chemistry OR Biology prerequisite, what can you do?
- Enter a Science or Biomedical Science degree and undertake a 'Year 12' Chemistry equivalent (ie BOTH CHM1011 & CHM1022 Chemistry units taught by the Science Faculty in Semester 1 & 2 at Monash University) OR undertake a 'Year 12' Biology equivalent (ie BOTH BIO1011 & BIO1022 Biology units taught by the Science Faculty in Semester 1 & 2 at Monash University)
- Do a bridging course in Chemistry or Biology as a distance education subject through Open Learning Australia (UNL21 Chemistry OR SCI18 Introduction to Chemistry OR UNL44 Biology ). Ensure that you complete all assessments and the exam to receive a final grade. If you only receive a certificate, this will not be accepted as achieving the Chemistry prerequisite.
- Repeat VCE again and include Chemistry or Biology as a subject
- Single Unit enrolment in a Year 12 equivalent Chemistry unit (ie CHM1011 in Semester 1 and CHM1022 in Semester 2 at Monash University OR BIO1011 in Semester 1 and BIO1022 in Semester 2 at Monash University)
Selection Process (for Non-Year 12 applicants)
The selection process takes into account the applicant's entire academic record. Selection for the course is highly competitive, and Monash ranks potential candidates based upon previous academic performance; either at the secondary school level, or tertiary level (if applicable). In general, candidates should have achieved at least a high credit average in tertiary studies in order to be competitive.
How do I apply for the Bachelor of Nutrition Science?
Current Monash University Student
Information for current Monash University students can be found here.
Studying at another University, Mature Age (Non Year 12)
Regardless of when secondary school was completed, all domestic applications must be done through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (http://www.vtac.edu.au/).
Current Year 12 students
Students currently completing their Year 12 studies are to apply via the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (http://www.vtac.edu.au/).
Visit: http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/3956/. Enquiries should be directed to International Admissions.
What are the contact hours?
You could expect between 20-30 contact hours per week for most semesters. Additional self study per week is also involved.
What are the fees?
The fees for both domestic and international students are subject to change annually and can be found in the course finder.
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Can I apply for credit based on my previous study?
Credit applications will be assessed after you have successfully entered the course.
Credit will be given for units previously studied. Due to the unit size and integrated teaching, it will prove to be more difficult for other degrees to have covered all components of the units. The content for 12 credit point units will generally require the content from at least 2 units taught in another degree.
What are the career opportunities once I finish the Bachelor of Nutrition Science?
A degree in Nutrition Science provides students with the knowledge and expertise in the area of human nutrition to equip them for potential employment within the public health sector, the food industry, nutrition research and government and non-government agencies. For example:
- Governmental and non-governmental organisation (policy advice, communication, food regulation and public health)
- Education (teaching and research)
- Industry (nutrition advisor, product development, regulatory affairs) and public health (policy officers, researchers)
- Enrolment into a Master of Dietetics
Can I work overseas with this degree?
Yes. The Bachelor of Nutrition Science degree 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.
Can I defer my place in the Bachelor of Nutrition Science?
You will be able to defer your commencement date to the following year. Please forward further enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the study pathway if I want to become a Dietitian?
Students can gain a dietetic qualification by completing the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and then progressing into the Masters of Dietetics. This pathway will have a duration of 4.5 years as students who complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science are eligible for credit of the first 6 month of the Master of Dietetics.
What are the changes in work placement and learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
The pandemic has accelerated our appreciation of digital technology in our commitment to offer the best and most diverse education possible. We embrace a hybrid learning experience and have adapted our courses to ensure that we are able to deliver content both face to face and connect you with our online learning community.
Under times of stay at home orders our practical components such as laboratories and kitchen practical are delivered via online simulations and/or live videos to ensure you benefit from as close to practical learning as is possible.
For students interested in undertaking work placement in year three, we are developing our work placement experiences to be a combination of both face-to-face (in the work-place) and work from home environments. This new style of practical learning will equip you with essential skills and experience to be workforce ready in our new post-COVID 19 world.