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Nutrition and Metabolism

The Discipline of Nutrition and Metabolism in the School of Molecular Bioscience offers units of study to students enrolled in Science and and Medical Science degrees. 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 Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics degree. Check the relevant Department/School entries in this chapter for descriptions of other units required for this major. Units of study in this major are available at standard level.

Program structure and content

Junior units of study

Required: Molecular Biology and Genetics Intro (MBLG1001) or Molecular Biology and Genetics Adv (MBLG1901) and 12cp of Junior Chemistry.

Intermediate units of study

The Intermediate units of study required for Nutrition and Metabolism are Human Biochemistry (BCHM2072/2972) and Molecular Biology and Genetics A (MBLG2071/2971). BMedSc students have other requirements. Please refer to Table IV.

Senior units of study

The Senior program consists of:

  • Introductory Nutrition and Metabolism (NUTM3001), and
  • Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Metabolism (NUTM3002).

To obtain a major in Nutrition and Metabolism it is essential that students complete both NUTM3001 and NUTM3002 and any two of the following:

  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry – Genes (BCHM3071/3971),
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry – Proteins (BCHM3081/3981),
  • Human Molecular Cell Biology (BCHM3072/3972),
  • Medical and Metabolic Biochemistry (BCHM3082/3982),
  • Human Cellular Physiology: Theory (PHSI3005/3905) and Research (PHSI3006/3906).

Requirements for a major

Students must complete both NUTM3001 and NUTM3002 and 12cp of defined senior units of study in either Biochemistry or Physiology to constitute a major in Nutrition and Metabolism.

Refer to Table 1 for recommended acceptable units of study.


In order to study Nutrition and Metabolism in an Honours year, eligible students can enrol in the Biochemistry Honours program.

Contact/further information

Dr Kim Bell-Anderson
Room 474
School of Molecular Bioscience

Phone: +61 2 9351 6267

Associate Professor Samir Samman
Room 475
School of Molecular Bioscience
Phone: +61 2 9351 2476

School of Molecular Bioscience
Molecular Bioscience Building G08
University of Sydney
NSW 2006