Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Human Nutrition)

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Take your study of nutrition to the next level

The Bachelor of Science with Honours is a highly regarded programme available to students who have achieved a high standard of academic performance in the Bachelor of Science. 

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What is it like?

Why do honours?

This degree allows for advanced study in human nutrition, taking a research-based approach and independently synthesising knowledge, and completing a small research project. The course generally consists of 90 credits of taught courses and a 30-credit supervised research project.

Students frequently pursue this prestigious qualification when aspiring to a research or academic career and planning to undertake doctoral study (often fast-tracking to enrol in a PhD programme), but it can also be used as a final qualification. The honours programme can also lead to a Master of Science by thesis only.

Turn your passion into your profession with nutrition at Massey

If you are passionate about food and nutrition and want to learn more about the science of how what you eat affects health, then Massey’s BSc Hons (Human Nutrition) is for you.

Help ensure that New Zealanders - and people all over the world - are healthy

With Massey’s Bachelor of Science with Honours (Human Nutrition) you will investigate the importance of nutrition for optimal health and disease prevention.

You will study the interactions between nutrients and the human body. By learning how individual food components are digested, absorbed, metabolised and utilised, you will understand their effects on genes, cells, organs and the whole person. You will also learn about the factors that influence food choice and practices that promote dietary change.

The Bachelor of Science with Honours (Human Nutrition) provides training in practical skills such as dietary assessment and body composition assessment, as well as transferable skills required for critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communication.

This will prepare you for a career where you can make a difference to individuals and your community, and contribute to improvements in the population’s health. Nutrition is increasingly relevant in today’s society and your skills will be in demand. The availability of suitably qualified human nutritionists contributes to the economic viability of New Zealand as a food-producing and exporting nation. Nutritionists will also play increasingly important roles in the public health sector as the move towards health promotion continues.

As well as the professional skills you will gain, the BSc Hons (Human Nutrition) gives you an excellent general education in how diet contributes to your own optimal personal health and wellbeing.

First-class facilities; top lecturers

Benefit from a range of first-class facilities for study and research, including the only two Bod Pods in New Zealand and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) equipment for measuring bone density and body composition.

Your lecturers are highly qualified and have specialist research interests ranging from public health nutrition and nutrition through the lifecycle to cellular mechanisms and nutrient metabolism.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with people
  • Have a passion for nutrition
  • Are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health and disease
  • Are curious about what makes your body tick

Careers

There is a wide range of career opportunities for human nutrition graduates, including:

  • Health promotion/public health agencies (e.g District Health Boards, Ministry of Health, NZ Heart Foundation)
  • Sports and exercise nutrition (e.g. elite and recreational sports teams, fitness industry)
  • Research in universities and Crown Research Institutes (such as AgResearch, Plant and Food Research)
  • Secondary and tertiary educational institutions Consultancy and private practice
  • Food companies and food industry
  • Government adviser on policy, education, nutrition and physical activity
  • Industry (e.g. corporate health and wellness, private consulting)
  • Media (e.g. writing publications, television, marketing)
  • Medical nutritional companies (e.g. nutrition advisor, nutritional representative)
  • International relief work

Our graduates have internationally marketable skills. Many spend time outside New Zealand, working or furthering their studies.

After five years in a nutrition-related occupation, graduates can apply to the Nutrition Society of New Zealand for professional accreditation as a Registered Nutritionist. If successful, you can append the title RegNut(NZ) after your name.

Many students go on to complete a postgraduate qualification, such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition) or a Master of Science in either Human Nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics. This allows you to specialise for various working environments. Students who continue their studies to the MSc in Nutrition & Dietetics, are eligible to apply to be registered with the New Zealand Dietetics Board to practise as a dietitian in New Zealand (NZRD), and will become eligible to apply for registration in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Dietitians can be found working in hospitals or health clinics providing meal plans and nutrition counselling, and also in food services within hospitals, prisons and hostels.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives
Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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