Honours in human nutrition

Why study human nutrition?

Honours in human nutrition gives you the opportunity to conduct an independent research project in your chosen area of nutrition, and report your findings in a scientific format. This one-year program will develop your skills in critical evaluation, independent thinking, experimental design selection, practical application of nutrition research tools, data analysis and interpretation, and oral and written communication of findings.

Human Nutrition at La Trobe

Career opportunities in human nutrition

Completing Honours in human nutrition equips you with the research skills to continue a career in the academic setting. It can be the first step to undertaking a PhD. It will enable you to become a valuable resource in the industry or community setting with project-based work. It will also put you ahead of other graduates in your area, and increase your prospects for graduate entry courses such as the Masters in Dietetics.

Course information


The first semester involves undertaking a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) in your chosen topic. You're required to attend a weekly two-hour tutorial to develop your skills and learn the methodologies to independently conduct a systematic review. During semester one and two you'll work with a supervisor in obtaining ethics (if required), defining research questions, refining project methodologies, undertaking data collection, conducting data analysis, writing the research project and reporting your findings in a scientific format.

Entry requirements

To qualify for admission to the Honours program in human nutrition, you must have achieved the requirements for the pass degree, the Bachelor of Human Nutrition, and demonstrated academic excellence in a human nutrition subject. You'll be selected based on your performance in the final year of the pass degree and places are subject to availability of projects and supervisors. You must obtain a minimum average of 70% across your third-year subjects, and at least 70% in nutrition-related subjects.

How to apply

You are required to apply online direct to the University. Applications close on 11 December 2017.  You must supply a Personal Statement outlining your motivations to undertake an Honours year, your intended area of research and a CV. If you've completed your undergraduate degree at a University other than La Trobe University, you must also provide a certified copy of your academic transcripts.  La Trobe University students do not need to provide a copy of their academic transcript.

More information

See the Student Handbook for more details.

Dietetics and Human Nutrition Honours Research Project Guide 2018 (PDF 168 KB)

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