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Take your study of nutrition to the next level

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

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

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. You’ll learn how individual food components are digested, absorbed, metabolised and utilised, and you’ll 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 and transferable skills such as:

  • dietary assessment
  • body composition assessment
  • critical thinking
  • problem-solving
  • 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.

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.

Careers and further study


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 two years in a nutrition-related occupation, graduates of the BSc Honours programme 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.

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.

Further study

Upon successful completion of this programme, you could go on to study the Master of Science in either Human Nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics. This allows you to specialise for various working environments.

If you continue their studies to the MSc in Nutrition & Dietetics, you will be 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.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Human Nutrition) you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • a Bachelor of Science degree, or close equivalent, with a major in Human Nutrition, with a minimum B+ in majoring courses 300-level courses
  • a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology in Human Nutrition, or close equivalent, with a minimum B+ average in the majoring 300-level courses.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

  • Compulsory courses
  • Complete a subject
  • 30 credit research report

A specialisation (subject) is compulsory, requiring 120 credits in the subject.

Attend contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

90 credits
151708 Nutritional Research Methods 15
151709 Biometrics for the Animal and Nutritional Sciences 15
151718 Advanced Topics in Macronutrient Nutrition 15
151719 Advanced Topics in Micronutrient Nutrition 15
151799 Research Report 30

Subject courses

151704 Human Nutrition 15
151707 Food Technology/Nutrition Interface 15
151715 Advanced Sports Nutrition 15
151716 Advanced Nutrition and Disease 15
151717 Selected Topics in Public Health Nutrition 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • enjoy working with people
  • are fascinated by the relationships between food, nutrients, health and disease
  • are curious about what makes your body tick.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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