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Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science - 174JA

Course Code: 174JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics
UAC Code: 880827
CRICOS Code: 072530M
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements:

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 6.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Get a taste for the science of nutrition

Learn more about human physiology, biochemistry and how nutrition affects the human body from a social, biochemical, disease and life cycle-oriented context with a UC Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science course.

In this course, you will study a diverse range of subjects that will give you a deeper understanding of human nutrition while offering a clearer understanding of what health-related study options are available to you moving forward. This course is perfect for students from a broader health science background looking to specialise in nutrition science, or those looking at entering the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics program and need additional pre-requisites to gain access.

This course also offers an alternative exit pathway for students who commence the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics but due to lifestyle or career changes, choose not to complete the degree. Get a taste for nutrition science. Register for the UC Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science course today.

Study a Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science at UC and you will:

  • develop knowledge, skills, and attitude to examine health within the framework of nutrition
  • understand the application of food in a social, pathophysiological and biochemical health context
  • cultivate critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills and apply evidence-based approaches to address a nutrition-related health issue
  • demonstrate expert communication skills to transfer complex nutrition knowledge to a variety of audience
  • develop autonomy and self-direction in progressing your learning and professional development
  • gain the necessary scientific background and specific knowledge and skills to address concepts and opinions relating to human nutrition
  • identify the links between diet, health, and disease at different life stages
  • discuss ways to improve the delivery of nutritional information.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Depending upon your chosen academic pathway you may have additional opportunities to participate in dietetic placements (Master of nutrition and dietetics) or research (e.g., Honours, Ph.D.).

Career Opportunities

A graduate diploma in nutritional science is a foundation course that opens a variety of future career and study options for students. Successful completion of this course will allow students to either progress to further study or move into any one of the following career pathways:

  • nutritionists
  • health promotion officers
  • project Officer or Research Officers
  • nutrition consultant
Or opens opportunitites to work in any of the following industries:
  • fitness industry
  • cooking industry
  • community, state or government
  • media industry
  • NGO and NPO sector

Potential advanced academic pathways:

Study a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics and go on to register as a dietitian with the Dietitian Association of Australia and open higher research pathways such as Ph.D., MPhil.

Professional recognitions:

  • This course establishes eligibility for registration with the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) as a nutritionist.

Course-specific information

Students must have a recognised undergraduate degree in science or a related field, have completed biology and chemistry, and have some knowledge of introductory statistics.



Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the Faculty of Health faculty office, email
Prospective International Students
Email or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
a) a completed bachelor degree in science, or a related discipline*,
b) two degree level units in chemistry,
c) two degree level units in human biology and human physiology.

* a related discipline includes health, science, applied science.

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Assumed Knowledge

It is highly desirable that students have completed introductory statistics.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Winter Term
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science GradDip NutritionalSc

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

Students who have completed this program may be eligible to apply for the 'Registered Nutritionist' credential with the Nutrition Society of Australia following a period of work experience (as required by NUTSOC).

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. express knowledge, ideas and opinions in their professional field, both orally and in written form, with confidence and clarity;
b. present arguments and ideas effectively;
c. actively listen and respond to the ideas of other people;
d. negotiate effectively; and
e. create and present new ideas.
Communication skills will be assessed in the following units:
Written assignments;
Nutritional Science Nutrition Across the Lifecycle;
Nutrition and Disease;
Food Science;
Oral Presentations;
Nutrition Across the Lifecycle;
Nutrition, Society and Health.
Information Literacy and Numeracy:
Graduates are expected to be able to locate, identify, collate, analyse, manipulate, evaluate, interpret and present information and numerical data.
These skills and attributes will be assessed in laboratory reports and practicals in the units:
Human Biochemistry;
Human Physiology and the Lifecycle;
Nutritional Science.
Information and Communication Technology:
Graduates are expected to be able to select and use appropriate information and communication technology to retrieve, manipulate and present information.
Assignment tasks in a number of units will require students to undertake research via the internet, thus utilising IT and CT skills.
The unit Nutritional Science is being run in blended format requiring on-line study and assessment tasks.
Problem Solving:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. identify problems and analyse the main features of problems relevant to their professional field;
b. apply appropriate problem solving processes, arguments, critical and creative thinking;
c. implement and evaluate strategies for the resolution of problems;
d. anticipate and define new problems; and
e. identify and resolve new problems in new fields.
Students will be required to complete a number of problem solving tasks as part of the assessment for a number of units in the program:
Nutritional Science;
Nutrition Across the Lifecycle;
Nutrition and Disease;
Food Science;
Nutrition, Society and Health.
Working With Others:
Graduates are expected to be able to:
a. work with others as part of a group;
b. take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks;
c. be aware of the different roles and responsibilities of group members;
d. evaluate group performance;
e. take initiative and demonstrate leadership; and f. respect the rights of others irrespective of their cultural background, race or gender.
Completion of group tasks is an important component of the assessment tasks in the following units:
Nutrition Across the Lifecycle;
Nutrition, Society and Health.
Social Responsibility:
Graduates are expected to:
a. work toward improvement in society;
b. understand economic, political, social, and environmental systems with an international perspective;
c. act in environmentally sustainable ways; and
d. accept service to the community as the primary purpose for professional life.
The key learning objectives of the unit Nutrition, Society and Health include understanding economic, political, social and environmental systems that impact on nutritional health., and environmental sustainability with respect to the food supply. This unit therefore encompasses the learning objectives of Social Responsibility very well.

Course Duration

Standard two semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters. Students commencing in Semester 2 may enrol part-time only.


Not applicable.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition is subsumable into this course if the student meets the admission requirements for the graduate diploma.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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