Nutrition and Metabolism


In nutrition and metabolism you will explore biochemical reactions that take place in cells, how these are influenced by different nutrients and what are the implications for the whole body. Nutrition is a multidisciplinary science that covers the role of food in health and disease. Advances in biomolecular science have increased the focus of nutrition on the metabolic pathways that transform nutrients.

For more information on the program structure and content, view the Science Undergraduate Handbook.

Major outline

To complete this major, you are required to complete:

12 credit points from NUTM3001 and NUTM3002


12 credit points from senior units of study in either Biochemistry or Physiology

Refer to Table 1 for recommended acceptable units of study.

Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism
Human Cellular Physiology
Medical and Metabolic Biochemistry

Graduate opportunities

A major in nutrition and metabolism can open the door to further study in this area. You may wish to consider completing an honours year in nutrition and metabolism, or applying for entry to the Master of Nutriton and Dietetics, which is accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

Graduates with a specialisation in nutrition and metabolism may be able to apply for positions in: hospitals; community health centres and area health services; private practice; sports nutrition; food industry; advertising; consulting; non-government organisations; public service (allied health professionals); academia (lecturer or research scientist in nutrition).

Further study for major

Students who complete this major and relevant studies in physiology in an undergraduate degree fulfill the minimum requirements for an application for entry into the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree.

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