Honours in human nutrition

Why study human nutrition?

Honours in human nutrition will equip students with the necessary skills to conduct a systematic literature review (SLR) and an independent research project in their chosen area of nutrition and report and present their findings in a scientific format. During the one-year Honours program, students will develop their skills in critical evaluation, independent thinking, protocol and research tool development, appropriate study design selection, data analysis and interpretation and oral and written communication skills.

Career opportunities in human nutrition

The skills students develop from the Honours program are transferable into their future career. Students will be equipped with the research skills to continue a career in the academic and research setting as Honours is the first step towards a PhD. Additionally, students will be prepared to work in the industry or community setting through their project-based experience. An Honours degree will also place students ahead of other graduates in their area, and will increase their prospects for graduate-entry courses, such as the Masters in Dietetics.

Course information


The first semester involves undertaking a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) in a chosen topic related to the research topic and in close collaboration with supervisors. Honours students are required to attend a weekly two-hour tutorial to develop their research skills and learn the methodologies to independently conduct a SLR. Over the year, students will also work with their supervisors in obtaining ethics (if required), defining their research questions, refining project methodologies, undertaking data collection, conducting data analysis, writing the research project and presenting their findings in a scientific format.

Entry requirements

To qualify for admission to the Honours program in human nutrition, students must have achieved the requirements to pass the Bachelor of Human Nutrition, and demonstrated academic excellence in a human nutrition subject. Students will be selected based on their performance in the final year of the degree and places will be subject to availability of projects and supervisors within the Dietetics and Human Nutrition discipline. Students must obtain a minimum average of 70% across all of their third-year subjects, and at least 70% in nutrition-related subjects.

How to apply

Students are required to apply online direct to the University. Applications close on Sunday, 18th November 23:59. Applicants must supply a Personal Statement outlining their motivations to undertake an Honours year, their three proposed research projects and a CV. If applicants have completed  their undergraduate degrees at a University other than La Trobe University, they must also provide a certified copy of their academic transcripts. La Trobe University students do not need to provide a copy of their academic transcript.

Research Projects and Handbook

See the Student Handbook for more details.

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Honours Research Project Guide 2019 (PDF 278 KB)

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