Diploma in Nutrition Science

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 3 locations

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Overall score: 6.0 with an Individual score of: 5.5 in all tests
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2025, February 2026, February 2027


Prepare for a career in nutrition, a growing profession making an important contribution to the health and well being of individuals, communities and populations locally and globally. Students who undertake a Diploma in Nutrition Science will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, and potentially other health science bachelor degrees at ACU, or exit with the Diploma in Nutrition Science as a standalone qualification.

Undertaking the ACU Diploma in Nutrition Science will help you to develop the academic skills and university experience needed to succeed in more advanced tertiary study. Our Diploma in Nutrition Science provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded), and will help you achieve your goals.

We are here to support you from start to finish whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified UnitsCHED105Foundations of Chemistry10 cp
  • Specified UnitsBIOD125Human Biology 110 cp
  • Specified UnitsNUTD101Introduction to Nutrition10 cp
  • Specified UnitsDPHS100Academic Literacy in Health Sciences10 cp
  • Specified UnitsCHED112Organic and Food Chemistry

    (Pre: CHED105)

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsBIOD126Human Biology 210 cp
  • Specified UnitsNUTD102Culinary Nutrition Science10 cp
  • Specified UnitsPUBD102Foundations of Health Promotion10 cp

All units are delivered in multi-mode.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling 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

Diploma - AQF Level 5

Entry requirements

International applicants

If you’re an international applicant you’ll need the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate.

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You’ll also need to comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy , including the English Language Proficiency requirements.

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 If you’re an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you will need to apply for admission through your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) and be assessed on your performance in these studies (i.e. your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Find out further information on TAC admission

English language requirements

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in Schedule Three (Associate Degree, Diploma and Certificate courses) of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

This states the requirements as:


Overall score: 6.0 with no band less than 5.5


50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills 


Internet based total of 60:

minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listening

ACU English Language Test




Overall CAE: 169

Individual score of at least 162 in all tests.

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.

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Pathways into course for international applicants

International students who are enrolled in an English language course may be eligible for a pathway into the Diploma in Nutrition Science on successful completion of the course.

Further study

The Diploma in Nutrition Science will provide a pathway into the Bachelor of Nutrition Science. It may also provide a pathway into the following double degrees:

  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $25568

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.

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How to apply

International applicants

Direct application

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Staff Profile

Emma Stirling

Senior Lecturer (Nutrition and Dietetics) – School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Emma Stirling is a Senior Lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at our Melbourne campus. She is also an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and award-winning nutrition communicator. As Culinary Nutrition Science Lead Emma brings her extensive industry experience from the food, hospitality, media and health sectors to the curriculum design, teaching and research of this exciting new practice area. At ACU Emma is also responsible for helping drive partnerships and programs with a range of community, cultural and industry groups nationally and in the Asia Pacific region.

Bo Wang

Lecturer (Nutrition and Food Science) – School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Bo Wang is a lecturer in nutrition and food science in the School of Behavioural and Health Science. He has a BSc degree in mechanic engineering and a PhD in food processing and engineering from China Agricultural University, China.

Before he joined ACU Dr Wang worked as a Research Associate at Guelph Food Research Centre, Canada, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University and Senior Research Scientist at Australian nutraceutical ingredient company, Nu-Mega Ingredients. His research expertise is in food processing and technology, nanobiotechnology and bioactive compounds extraction and stabilisation. Dr Wang is now using his academic and industry experience to teach nutrition science courses at ACU and enjoying research by mentoring and supervising postgraduate candidates.


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