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.

Professional recognition

This is the only Australian nutrition program accredited by the UK Association for Nutrition, enabling you to apply for registration as an Associate Nutritionist (ANutr). Graduates are also eligible to apply for registration as an associate nutritionist with the Nutrition Society, Australia.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Nutrition Science Scholars Program and who complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science with an average grade of credit or above are guaranteed entry into the Master of Dietetics with credit that means the Master's can 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 Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) accredited Master of Dietetics. Graduates of the Master of Dietetics are eligible to become members of the DAA and to join the Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) Program.

Students who do not qualify for the scholars' program, upon completion of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science will be eligible to compete for entry into M6002 Master of Dietetics and potentially graduate in 1.5 years.

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Subject prerequisites
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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
  • 3 years (full time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Scholars Program)
Course Handbook

A day in the life of a nutrition science student

What's it really like to study nutrition science at Monash University? Follow a day in the life of first year student Charlotte and find out.

Gain industry experience

“I’m doing my work placement at Jenny Craig.  It’s a great environment to be able to translate the nutrition knowledge that I’ve learnt at university into practical, real-life situations for a real company." Roxanne, Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Innovative teaching and learning facilities

“Besides the insightful lectures, we are also provided the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through kitchen and science practicals. This further emphasises on lecture content and strengthens our understanding of topics.” Wai, Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Direct pathway to become an accredited dietitian

“The excellent teaching staff, the content, facilities and my supportive peers were all strong factors in my decision to commence a Masters in Dietetics at Monash.” Melise, Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Master of Dietetics

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Equivalent Australian Year 12

Alternative qualifications and prerequisites

For other domestic and international qualification entry requirements and scores for this course use the study credit and admissions eligibility search.

English entry requirements

Bachelor of Nutrition Science:

Level B
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 58, Reading 58, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Scholars Program):

Level C
IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5 and Speaking 6.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic):  65 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 58, Reading 58, Speaking 58 and Writing 58TOEFL Internet-based test: 94 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 20 and Writing 24Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

This course comprises 144 points, of which 126 points are prescribed, 12 points are selected from a research project, extended study or placement and 6 points are free elective study.

The course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. It is structured in themes that develop your personal/professional capabilities and your knowledge about public health and nutrition, nutrition fundamentals of health and disease, and food science. The themes are drawn together in the final research project, extended study or placement.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M2001


Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: M2001

Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 075117M