Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBNutDiet(Hons)
CRICOS code056483B
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: + 61 3 9594 5510, email: or visit

Course coordinator

Dr. Karen Walker


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This honours program is an additional year of study which builds upon the knowledge and experience gained in course 3404 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. It allows students to develop their research skills and competencies, learn specific techniques and gain a deeper understanding of a selected aspect of human nutrition. Students undertake a research project under the supervision of an approved member of the academic or research staff. The choice of project and supervisor will be organised by the student in consultation with potential supervisors and the honours year adviser. This allows a high degree of flexibility in the type of research project that can be undertaken, while focusing on the general area of human nutrition and health.


On completion of this course students will:

  • be able to critically review the scientific literature in their discipline
  • understand the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project
  • be able to develop a proposal for a research project and apply for ethics committee approval
  • be able to execute and analyse a research project, or a set of studies
  • be proficient in computer based data manipulation, analysis, presentation, and word processing
  • be able to write up scientific work in a report suitable to submit for publication
  • demonstrate communication skills in both oral and written presentation to a specialist scientific audience
  • have refined or acquired a range of technical skills appropriate to their project
  • have gained insight into the research process in an area relating to the health sciences.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to the Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics students are required to have:

  • completed course 3404 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University, or a comparable graduate qualification in dietetics from another approved tertiary institution or completed a science-based degree with substantial nutrition content at Monash University, or another approved tertiary institution.
  • a combined average of 70 per cent or higher in the final two years of their degree.

The head of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetic may make a case for a student who has demonstrated research potential but does not have a grade average that meets the requirements above.


The program consists of an individual major research project and a compulsory coursework component. The research project will constitute the major portion of the student's work. In addition all students will complete a research skills component of the course that is not directly related to their specific research projects. This component will focus on the development of key research skills including statistical analysis.


Students must satisfactorily complete the following units:

  • BND4111 Research skills for dietitians
  • BND4121 Honours research project 1
  • BND4122 Honours research project 2


Honours degree of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics