Bachelor of Nutrition | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Nutrition

Get involved with food and a constantly evolving scientific field. This is a hands-on program specially designed for industry application, teaching the science behind food and the way the human body uses it.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to make food for people with different dietary needs
  • Learn about food preparation, processing and preservation
  • Cook in our specialised teaching kitchen
  • Gain industry experience in a work placement
  • Specialise in a range of minors, including public health nutrition, sport and exercise, agriculture and aquaculture, Indigenous studies, or social media


Master of Dietetics
(Sports Nutrition)

If you're thinking about becoming a dietitian, our Bachelor of Nutrition/ Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) provides a direct pathway.

For provisional direct entry into the Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) students must be accepted into the Bachelor of Nutrition/ Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) and complete the Bachelor of Nutrition requirements in 3 years and maintain a GPA greater than 5.5.

Moreton Bay QTAC code 013542.

Sunshine Coast QTAC code 014542.




Entry threshold

50.00 50.00 ATAR/Rank


3 years 3 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$9,866 - 2024 Fees CSP
A$25,600 Annual fee
Annual fee

QTAC code

013351 013551


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Up to second year offered at this location.

Program to be rolled out. 1st year 2023, 2nd years 2024, 3rd year 2025. Exercise and Sport Minor, Public Health Nutrition Minor, and Indigenous Health & Wellbeing Minor will be rolled out by 2025.

Career opportunities

  • Community nutrition
  • Corporate nutritionist
  • Food service and menu support
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition journalism
  • Nutrition marketing and support for food industry
  • Nutrition policy development
  • Public health nutrition
  • Public relations
  • Researcher
  • Sport and exercise nutrition


Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • The Australian Health Promotion Association
  • The Public Health Association of Australia
  • The World Public Health Nutrition Association

Eligible for enrolment in the Accredited Nutritionist Program of the Dietitians Association of Australia (with appropriate experience/further qualifications)

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
3 years 3 years
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure
Introductory courses (7) 84 units

LFS103 Introductory Bioscience
LFS112 Human Physiology
NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition
NUT102 Food in Society
PUB112 Public Health Foundations
SCI105 Introductory Chemistry
SCI110 Science Research Methods

Developing courses (6) 72 units

LFS203 Integrated Physiology
LFS251 Biochemistry
NUT201 Food Studies
NUT205 Public Health Nutrition
NUT212 Principles of Nutrition
NUT232 Nutritional Biochemistry

Graduate courses (6) 60 units

NUT300 Nutrition for Health and Exercise
NUT303 Food, Nutrition and Menu Design
NUT304 Nutrition Practicum
NUT305 Food and the Consumer
NUT306 Nutrition Communication(6 units)
NUT307 Nutrition Education(6 units)

PLUS select 1 minor (48 units) from:

Exercise and Sport
Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
Public Health Nutrition
Social Media

*With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may replace a minor with a study component deemed to be equivalent commenced or completed at another university or comparable tertiary institution.

Required courses from a specified list:

Select a total of 12 units from:

LFS303 Pathophysiology
NUT333 Health Research Design
SWK251 Working with First Nations Peoples and Multicultural Communities

Students seeking entry into the Master of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) will need to select NUT333

Required courses from a specified list:

Select a total of 12 units from:

PUB205 Food Safety Laws and Regulations
PUB272 Healthy Public Policy and Advocacy
SPX211 Exercise Physiology I

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all UniSC courses are available on every UniSC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

You will also need to meet the English language requirements for this program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be able to enrol in our English Language Programs to reach the required level for most of UniSC’s programs (exceptions apply to non-standard English requirement programs).

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meet the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 50.00
Moreton Bay 50.00

Special selection criteria

Provisional direct entry into the Masters of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) will be available to a select number of high achieving students who meet the English language requirements of the Masters program. Students must complete SC354 in 3 years and maintain a GPA greater than 5.5.

Recommended prior study
English; General Maths, Maths Methods or Specialist Maths; at least one science subject
Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 288 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 10 introductory level (100 coded) courses
Program notes
  • 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 UniSC 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.
  • The Exercise and Sport minor, Public Health Nutrition minor and Indigenous Health Wellbeing Minor will be progressively rolled out at Moreton Bay (offered fully in 2025).
  • Students undertaking the Exercise and Sport Minor must complete SPX211 from the required discipline select from list in program.
  • Students who wish to apply for entry into the Masters of Dietetics (Sports Nutrition) will need to complete NUT333 Health Research Design and SPX211 Exercise Physiology I from the required discipline select from lists in program. It is highly recommended that students also select Exercise and Sport Minor.
WIL notes
  • This program includes placements in settings that may require COVID-19 vaccination with limited placement in setting that do not require full vaccination.
  • It is a Queensland Government requirement that students undertaking a placement within a clinical setting are fit tested annually for an approved respirator. Clinical settings include hospitals, residential aged care facilities, residential disability care facilities, prison health services, youth detention health services, community health care settings, and vaccination clinics). If the Fit Testing requirement applies to placement activity within your Program it will appear in your mandatory checks on Sonia Online. In accordance with Australian Standards, you must be clean shaven for your fit test. Facial hair that lies along the sealing surface of a tight-fitting respirator prevents an effective seal. Therefore, it is a requirement that there is no hair growth between the skin and the facepiece sealing surface in order to achieve a fit. At this stage, there is no exemption in Queensland to this requirement for religious or other reasons and USC is unable to waive this requirement.
  • For more information on mandatory requirements refer to Nutrition - Placement
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Nutrition - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$9,866 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Annual tuition fees are based on 2024 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to UniSC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your UniSC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

UniSC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a UniSC Representative in your area.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 013351
Moreton Bay 013551
Custom teaching kitchen on campus
Work towards Honours or a Master
Learn from registered nutritionists and accredited practising dietitians

Student story

“The lecturers were super-supportive, always patient and had so much knowledge to share. I especially loved the real-world examples from their experiences in many different areas of practice.”
Samantha Harvey Graduate
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