Bachelor of Nutrition Science FAQ

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.

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:
A study score (non-scaled) of 30 or higher in Year 12 English/English Language/English Literature; OR a study score of 35 or higher in English as a Second language; OR a Distinction grade in a tertiary unit recognised as being equivalent to Year 12 English

Chemistry OR Biology:
A study score (non-scaled) or 25 or higher in Year 12 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 pre-requisite, what can you do?

  1. 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)
  2. 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 pre-requisite.
  3. Repeat VCE again and include Chemistry or Biology as a subject
  4. 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 at the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics website.  You will need to complete an Internal Course transfer application form.

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/).

International Students

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/rpl 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)
  • Master of Dietetics

What is the study pathway if I want to become a dietician?

Students can gain a dietetic qualification by completing the Bachelor of Nutrition Science and then progressing in to 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.

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.

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 credit average throughout the Bachelor of Nutrition Science.

What professional recognition can I apply for after I complete the bachelor of nutrition science?

Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist with the letters ANutr. Suitability for Associate Registration is determined by the Registration Committee of the Nutrition Society Australia and applies to qualified graduates with a Bachelor of Science or other suitable qualification in nutrition or an appropriate subject.

What subjects do I study in the bachelor of nutrition science?

From 2016, students undertake 17 subjects in the 3 year period, consisting of compulsory and elective units.

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 nutrition.dietetics@monash.edu.