Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
58.50 for Blacktown
Fees (first year)*

$12632 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2025
Applications open August 2024
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


As a nutritionist you will create opportunities for people to learn about food and nutrition, design food products to support a healthy diet, influence food systems to foster sustainability, and advocate for a safe and equitable food supply across the globe. You will understand the science behind food and nutrition including human physiology and biochemistry, and food and culinary nutrition science. The focus on the role of food and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, communities and populations, particularly in at-risk groups, will prepare you for work in the emerging areas of the industry.

In today’s fast-paced and challenging world, understanding human behaviour is a vital skill. The Bachelor of Psychological Science will help you understand human functioning in a broad range of professional settings. You will graduate from the degree having completed a sequence in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a Level 1 Program. This sequence will ensure graduates acquire an advanced understanding of human behaviour and mental processes, and develop employable skills that are highly regarded by industry leaders. The degree also helps you prepare for optional further postgraduate study which may lead to registration as a professional psychologist. You will be equipped to make meaningful contributions toward improving the outcomes of clients, customers, colleagues and collaborators in a diverse range of settings including, but not limited to: government departments, private sector, schools, business, and not-for-profit organisations.

Combining the Bachelor of Psychological Science and the Bachelor of Nutrition Science allows for greater insights into both disciplines and, thus, benefits the graduates of the course. For instance, knowledge gained from the Bachelor of Nutrition Science can be applied by clinical psychologists working with eating disordered populations for better treatment outcomes. Further, health psychologists working with chronically ill populations, such as with people with heart disease or Type 2 diabetes, will benefit from knowledge in the area of nutrition science. Nutritionists will benefit from the knowledge gained from a Bachelor of Psychological Science which covers the motivations for eating behaviours, how habits are formed, ways to increase behavioural change, and empathetic and culturally appropriate communication skills. In recent years, there has been a shift in the practice of many nutrition professionals in the area of cardiovascular disease risk factor management, and more specifically overweight and obesity. The focus has shifted away from a reductionist approach to incorporate more holistic strategies to assist clients to change their lives, including their eating behaviours, through the use of mindfulness, and body-acceptance and inclusivity, breaking down diet culture and using non-diet approaches with more successful outcomes. In addition to the professional practice of nutritionists/dietitians and psychologists, research on eating behaviours and approaches to change eating behaviour will only be enriched when researchers come to such topics with an understanding of both disciplines. There is the potential for graduates of this double degree to make a real impact on the lives of individuals, groups and communities through interventions that result in positive changes to health.

Work placement

Work placements provide you with exposure to work settings where you may gain employment following graduation. You can choose to undertake your placements in areas across the food and nutrition industry.

Placement opportunities may be with sporting teams/clubs; food development and production companies; restaurant and catering groups; community health centres; local government; schools; community organisations and other not-for-profit health organisations.

Visit the faculty’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) webpage to view opportunities in nutrition science. 

Community engagement

Principles of community engagement are integrated throughout the course and are embedded in the public health community engagement unit. This unit has been purposefully designed to give you the opportunity to apply the principles and philosophies of working in the community for the common good into real-world, applied settings.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this degree will be eligible to apply for registration as a nutritionist with the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA). This degree has been designed to meet the competencies deemed essential by the NSA for registration.

The degree meets the academic qualifications required for Professional Membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Note: Professional Membership of AIFST also requires three years of relevant professional experience.


This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) (APAC Level 1).

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. When completing this double degree a minimum of seven-years is required to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist.


Graduates will be qualified to work in:

  • food and nutrition research
  • food and nutrition education
  • food and nutrition communication
  • food and nutrition advice
  • food product design
  • food science and technology
  • food and nutrition policy
  • child welfare and protection,
  • case management,
  • community work,
  • marketing and market research,
  • health,
  • education,
  • human resources

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

Note for NSW Students:

Nutrition Science units (BLUE) will be undertaken at the Blacktown campus.

Psychology units (PINK) will be undertaken at the Strathfield campus.

  • Specified Bachelor of Psychological Science UnitsPSYC100Foundations of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Psychological Science UnitsPSYC108Psychological Practice: Theory and Techniques10 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Nutrition Science UnitsNUTR101Introduction to Nutrition10 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Nutrition Science UnitsBIOL125Human Biology 110 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Psychological Science UnitsPSYC101Applications of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Psychological Science UnitsPSYC110Research Design and Data Analysis 110 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Nutrition Science UnitsNUTR102Culinary Nutrition Science10 cp
  • Specified Bachelor of Nutrition Science UnitsBIOL126Human Biology 2

    (Pre: BIOL125 or BIOD125)

    10 cp

All units are delivered in campus attendance mode unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit.

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit. 

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Additional course information


Class size: Your class size will depend on the unit you are studying and if that unit is taught across different degrees. Most of the time units that are core to your degree will have smaller class sizes. The tutorial, practical and workshop class sizes are normally capped to 20 – 30 depending on the activity. In instances where learning activities need to be monitored more closely, a teaching assistant will be present in the classroom.

Contact hours: Some units will require you to attend on-campus lectures, tutorials, practicals or workshops, for up to four-six hours per week. Other units are blended with online modules (watch, read, listen and interact) to engage in before attending on-campus classes and finally some classes are delivered fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. 

So, if you are a full-time student taking four units in a semester you will have between 16 (4 units x 4 hours/week) and 24 (4 units x 6 hours) of structured learning activities each week. Keep in mind that some units will require less and some more hours each week.

Per semester, each unit requires approximately 150 hours of work which includes scheduled classes and/or online engagement with learning activities, self-study and preparation of assessment tasks.

Sample assessments: Nutrition science sample assessment examples: Each unit has three assessments per semester.

• Assessment 1 (30 per cent): Review of literature related to key topic

•Assessment 2 (30 per cent): Laboratory/practical reports or tutorial workbooks

•Assessment 3 (40 per cent): Project report and presentation or exam

If the unit has a final exam it is counted as part of the three assessments. Assessments have different weighting percentages towards your overall mark. A single assessment cannot be worth more than 50 per cent of your assessment total. The format of assessments is different for every unit and is outlined at the beginning of each semester.

Overseas study available

The Faculty of Health Sciences has partners all over the world and continues to grow the international experience offerings in nutrition science. There are opportunities to study the Core Curriculum abroad in Rome, Beijing, New York, or Leeds.

Explore the opportunities to study overseas

Or you may like to view other short-term international study experiences (STISE) that the faculty has on offer in nutrition science.  

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

New South Wales

English (Standard) (Band 2) or EAL (Band 3)


Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

For current year 12 students 

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above. 

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with TAFE and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners or with ACU College, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (see English Language Proficiency).

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.

Learn more about adjustment factors

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.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$12632 CSP

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.

Explore your options


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.

Search our scholarships

How to apply


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Joanne Bennett

Lecturer (Psychology) – School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Joanne Bennett is an early career researcher who finished her PhD in 2017. Her primary research interests are in cognitive neuropsychology across the lifespan, applied driving psychology and road safety. Dr Bennett’s research has focused on understanding the relationships between cognitive function and driving behaviour across the lifespan. Her research aims to use this information to determine fitness to drive, in particular for older adults and individuals with neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. She specialises in teaching research design and statistics while enjoying the challenge of helping students understand not just the numbers, but what the numbers tell us about people.

Associate Professor Sharon Croxford

Associate Professor (Nutrition and Dietetics) and Head of Discipline Nutrition and PublicHealth, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Associate Professor Sharon Croxford is an award-winning academic with expertise across a range of teaching and food and nutrition-related professional domains. She has written on food and cooking, as well as nutrition, and has published in academic journals, magazines and newspapers both locally and overseas. Sharon has written and co-written books on Ottoman and Turkish cuisines, cheeses and preserving methods, the science of food, and food and nutrition through the life cycle. Sharon is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has worked professionally as a dietitian/nutritionist for more than 35 years in a range of contexts including acute health care, community and public healthcare, and education. Her research interests relate to dietary acculturation and its impact on health and defining terms in culinary culture and nutrition.


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