Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Business Administration

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
6.5 overall score (with a minimum of 6.0 in speaking, writing, listening and reading)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025


Nutrition Science provides an extensive knowledge and skills base in the scientific principles that underpin the study of food and nutrition, to promote health and optimal nutrition in individuals and the wider community, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in an ethical and respectful manner. The degree promotes the relationship between food/nutrition and health as a major contributor to wellbeing and disease prevention through the lifespan.

The Bachelor of Business Administration is a general business degree without specialisation in a particular subject area. The course is structured around six business foundation units which are common to other undergraduate business courses and a further four units that will build your business knowledge in areas such as human resource management, marketing and management.

Combining the Bachelor of Nutrition Science with the Bachelor of Business Administration will enable graduates to utilise their knowledge and skills in industry, the public service or in small business enterprises.

Professional experience

Students are required to undertake a community engagement unit where they engage in voluntary work within a not-for-profit organisation over a period of 35-70 hours. Alternatively, students in this double degree are able to select a community engagement unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences undertaking work in a selected public sector or non-profit community organisation.


Examples of the work and settings the course prepares graduates for include:

  • national and international health agencies
  • state and federal government health departments
  • public health nutrition
  • industry nutrition
  • private practice nutrition
  • nutrition assessment
  • nutrition communications
  • food science and technology industry
  • food safety and regulation
  • quality assurance
  • research and product development
  • education sector

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Business Administration, a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

*BUSN113 Managing People and Organisations

BIOL125 Human Biology 1

NUTR101 Introduction to Nutrition

*BUSN112 Managing Markets

Year 1 - Semester 2

BIOL126 Human Biology 2

NUTR102 Culinary Nutrition Science

*BUSN104 Money Matters

*ITEC100 Information Technology Professional Skills and Practices data-versionlabel=3 >

Year 2 - Semester 1

BMSC209 Pathophysiology

NUTR202 Lifespan Nutrition

ITEC200 Data and Information Management

CHEM105 Foundations of Chemistry

Year 2 - Semester 2

CHEM112 Organic and Food Chemistry

BIOL234 Nutritional Physiology

PUBH103 Epidemiology

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 3 - Semester 1

CHEM204 Biochemistry

PUBH202 Public Health Research Methods

PUBH102 Foundations of Health Promotion

ECON200 Economics: Policy Frameworks and Markets

Year 3 - Semester 2

CHEM206 Advanced Metabolic Biochemistry

ITEC201 Fundamentals of Information Technology

NUTR305 Community and Public Health Nutrition


BIPX202 Community Engagement: Building Strengths and Capabilities

MKTG207 Marketing Toolkit

Year 4 - Semester 1

NUTR303 Food Science in Practice

NUTR302 Diet, Health and Disease

BAFN200 Principles of Finance

ENTR301 Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Year 4 - Semester 2

HRMG204 Organisational Behaviour

NUTR304 Food Product Design and Development

BUSN304 Working with Diversity and Conflict


BIPX301 Professional Experience

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* Business Foundation Units indicated by codes in the 100 range should be completed prior to undertaking more advanced 200 level units or 300 level discipline specific units

# Business administration electives - students are required to choose two of the following business administration units: BUSN201 International business, HRMG200 Applied human resource management, MKTG202 Marketing communications: engaging stakeholders.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information

Students become part of ACU’s national and international commitment to community engagement and outreach to populations in need, both in Australia and overseas. Students can undertake community engagement opportunities in a range of challenging and inspiring settings.

Graduates of TAFE and other VET providers, holding a cognate certificate, diploma or advanced diploma may be eligible to receive advanced standing for some units in the course. The exact level of advanced standing will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

Entry requirements

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Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

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Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. graduate certificate and graduate diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to master’s degree programs.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3708
  • Average first year fee: $29664
  • Estimate total cost: $118656

The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

International applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200210293

Direct application

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Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.


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