La Trobe University

Bachelor of Human Nutrition


Semester starts
Semester 1 (March)
3 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
32 400

This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Over three years, you'll study the value of food and the importance of assessing the right food choices through food chemistry and nutritional bioscience studies.

The first two years focus on human biosciences and foundations in nutritional science, such as food chemistry, nutrition and disease. In third year you focus on food science, nutrition through the lifecycle, and nutrition research methods.

This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses.

Entry requirements

Subject prerequisites

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.

Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)

for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe Melbourne's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe Melbourne's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

Career outcomes

Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

32 400

Additional costs

Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a lab coat ($30) and a dissecting kit ($40). These can be purchased anywhere and remain the students' personal property. Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel may also apply. Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if you’re completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if you’re completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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