Microcredentials in Culinary Nutrition Science

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$2111 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


These four new microcredentials present theory and practical components in culinary nutrition science for continuining professional development for a range of professions from nutrition and dietetics, to general practitioners, teachers and culinary professionals. The theory microcredentials will be delivered online, and the practical microcredentials will be delivered face-to-face in block mode in the commercial teaching kitchens of our third party partners in Melbourne and North Sydney. Successful completion of the first two theoretical microcredentials would allow entry into the Graduate Certificate in Culinary Nutrition Science.

The four new microcredentials are:

  • UNMC593 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science in Practice - Theory (5cp) - $1950.00
  • UNMC594 Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science in Practice - Practical (5cp) - $2250.00
  • UNMC595 Food for Special Diets in Practice - Theory (5cp) - $1950.00
  • UNMC596 Food for Special Diets in Practice - Practical (5cp) - $2250.00

Melbourne or North Sydney campuses. 

For further information on the specific microcredential units see Course Details -> Course Structure-> View Course Rules below.

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Professional experience

There are two practical microcredential units: Advanced Culinary Nutrition Science and Foods for Special Diets in Practice


These microcredentials will be considered as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for professional bodies such as Dietitians Australia. Each year Accredited Practising Dietitians need to complete and log 30 hours of CPD. Clarification with other organisations about CPD requirements and recognition of the microcredentials is ongoing. The assessable aspect of the microcredentials will be an attractive option for students and organisations.

Course details

Course structure

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

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

No admission requirements

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Inherent requirement

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$2111 Fee-paying

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

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Staff Profile

Mrs Emma Stirling

Senior Lecturer Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences

Emma Stirling is recognised as one of Australia's leading dietitians in the areas of food and culinary nutrition, plus effective nutrition communication and innovative thinking, and she brings over twenty years of industry experience to academia and teaching at ACU.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia since 1994 Emma won an National Award of Merit for her pioneering work in social media for the profession in 2012. In 2018 she obtained the prestigious Advanced APD status. During her time working in the UK she was also a member of the British Dietetic Association and has international membership of the USA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) in particular the Food and Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group.

Prior to joining ACU Emma developed and lead Australia's largest online nutrition degree and as course coordinator received a teaching award and achieved national recognition for online teaching best practices. She is also experienced in the design and delivery of experiential learning including an International study tour with a New Colombo Grant along with offshore teaching in Hong Kong.

Emma is co author of the textbook Understanding the science of food: from molecules to mouthfeel. This book is a first of its kind for Australia where previously American textbooks were used that are out of step with our food supply and consumer behaviours.

Emma completed a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from The University of Melbourne in 1991 and a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree from Deakin University in 1993. She completed a Graduated Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning in 2018 and is currently a PhD candidate.


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