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 8 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.
Before undertaking Work Integrated Learning placement students must obtain a Blue Card (Working with Children Check).
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
+61 7 5430 2890
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1 June 2017
USC students to run nutrition workshop for Men’s Health Week
Two USC Nutrition and Dietetics students will run a free public workshop on Monday 12 June to help Sunshine Coast men learn more about the links between diet and mental health.
3 May 2017
Former flight attendant soars into dietetics role
A former flight attendant has glided gracefully into a new career as a dietitian at one of Brisbane’s busiest hospitals after completing a degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
31 January 2017
High achiever aims for career in nutrition
An OP2 student from Gympie with an interest in the science of food and diet-related diseases will begin a degree in Nutrition at USC.
29 November 2016
USC student promotes body image mind shift
A professional photographer who has just completed Honours research in nutrition and dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast has embarked on a quest to help people who have eating disorders.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Introductory courses (7) 84 units
Developing and Graduate courses (10) 108 units
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 (6 units)
NUT307 Project Management for Nutrition Practice (6 units)
NUT315 Complementary Approaches to Food and Nutrition
PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:
NUT304 Nutrition Practicum
Or a work placement course included in your chosen major or extended major.
Elective courses (8) 96 units
Select 8 elective courses (96 units) from either faculty (Arts, Business and Law or Science, Health, Education and Engineering). Of the electives, 6 (72 units) must be developing and graduate level (200/300 coded) courses.
Although optional, students are encouraged to undertake a major and/or minor in an area of special interest.
Suggested major (8 courses: 96 units) options are:
Food and Biosecurity
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Sustainability - Society
Tourism, Leisure and Event Management
Suggested minor (4 courses; 48 units) 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
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- 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 Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
- Apply for 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
- Refer also the the Student Profile for a representation of the likely peer cohort studying this program.
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:
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
- 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
- USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
- Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
Apply direct to USC International
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
New to USC?
Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dateas.