Use the science of healthy eating to fight disease.
Nutrition is a fascinating and new science. Our hands-on program is designed to get you involved with food, understand the science behind food and the way the human body uses it.
Step into the kitchen from the get-go and learn about food preparation, processing and preservation in our specialised teaching kitchen. You’ll also develop your skills to evaluate and modify food for different population groups.
Use your 10 electives wisely to focus on an area you’re passionate about such as health promotion, biomedical science or clinical measurement. Or you have the option to undertake one of our multiple four course minors in areas such as community development, public health nutrition, sport and exercise nutrition or food science and safety and sustainability.
You’ll gain valuable industry experience in your work placement and all Nutrition courses are delivered by qualified Registered Nutritionists or Accredited Practising Dietitians with plenty of practical knowledge to share with you.
Upon graduation you also have the opportunity to continue your research in your specialist area with an Honours year and work towards a Master of Health Promotion or Master of Sports Nutrition by Research.
Career options are varied and include food service and menu support, community nutrition, nutrition policy development, public health nutrition, health promotion, nutrition journalism, nutrition marketing and support for food industry, corporate nutritionist, researcher, sport and exercise nutrition and public relations.
Graduates may become a member of the Nutrition Society of Australia, the Public Health Association of Australia, the Dietitians Association of Australia, the Australian Health Promotion Association and the World Public Health Nutrition Association. Graduates may also be eligible for enrolment in the Accredited Nutritionist Program of the Dietitians Association of Australia (with appropriate experience/further qualifications) or become a Registered Nutritionist through the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Application and admission advice
Contact Student Central
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What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.
Introductory courses (7)
Advanced courses (9)
NUT201 Food Studies
NUT203 Active Lifestyle Nutrition
NUT205 Public Health Nutrition
NUT212 Principles of Nutrition
NUT303 Food, Nutrition and Menu Design
NUT305 Food and the Consumer
NUT306 Nutrition Communication
NUT307 Project Management for Nutrition Practice
NUT315 Complementary Approaches to Food and Nutrition
PLUS select 1 course from:
NUT304 Nutrition Practicum
Or a work placement course included in your chosen major or extended major.
Elective courses (8)
Although optional, students are encouraged to undertake a major and/or minor in an area of special interest.
Suggested major (8 courses) or extended major (12 courses) options are:
Clinical Measurement (extended Major available)
Food and Biosecurity
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Sustainability - Society
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
Suggested minor (4 courses) options are:
Clinical Trial Management
Food Science and Safety
Public Health Nutrition
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 288
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Complete no more than 10 introductory (100 coded) courses, including the core course
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
- Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
- As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the 'Planning your study' page to manage your progression
- You may wish to use electives to complete an additional major or minor
- Register your selected major(s) and/or minor(s)
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general undergraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- Check your eligibility for credit
Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?
The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:
- USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
- USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
- USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.
- Current students
- Step 1 - Enrol in your courses
- Step 2 - Select your class times
- How to enrol once Class selection has opened
- Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students
- New students
- Plan your study
- Confirm your enrolment
- More information
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.
Enrolling is a 2 step process:
Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.
View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.
All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)
Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.
* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.
If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.
Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.
View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).
Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.
Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.
International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.
Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.
Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.
View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.
To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.
Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.