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