Diploma of Nutrition

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What is a Diploma of Nutrition?

The Diploma of Nutrition provides foundational knowledge on health science and the role of nutrition in health. Kickstart a career in nutrition by exploring the full spectrum of human anatomy, physiology and chemistry, and how they relate to human nutrition, digestion and metabolism.

This online diploma promotes improvements in general health and wellbeing at each life stage and for Indigenous communities at the population level. You'll learn practical skills such as how to apply the Australian Dietary Guidelines and Nutrient Reference Values to dietary assessments and planning. Upon completion, you’ll have the option to begin a fulfilling career or continue studying with the Bachelor of Nutrition.

*Please note, you do not need a nutrition qualification to become a member of Nutrition Australia.


Learning outcomes

  • Gain an introduction to health science and solid foundation in human nutrition.
  • Explore the relationship between nutritional intake, the maintenance of health and the development of disease.
  • Create basic dietary plans for all life stages including fitness and weight loss.
  • Learn about the influence of society and culture on our dietary intakes.
  • Understand and apply evidence-based practice and critical enquiry.
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NA industry body membership

Become a member of Nutrition Australia*.

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
1 year full time, 2 to 3 years part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Designed to fit in with you
With all your learning materials online, you can tailor a schedule to fit your personal needs.

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Learn from nutrition specialists
Our Nutrition academics understand where the Health sector is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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Positively impact communities
A qualification in nutrition can help you improve health and wellbeing in your local community and on a global scale.
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Career opportunities

The Diploma of Nutrition produces advocates for promoting optimal health by applying the foundational knowledge of what it means to be healthy and the role of food in health by communicating this it to the community as a Nutritional Advisor. Upon completion, you can begin a career in the professional domain of nutrition or continue studying the Bachelor of Nutrition.

Potential career paths

  • Retail Assistant in Nutrition
    Average salary: $51,870 - $77,103
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I moved to Torrens University after hearing glowing reports from other students. The experience was really positive – the support of student services was truly remarkable.
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Subjects and units

Delivered online, this course comprises 8 core subjects, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

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These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Human Nutrition 1 | NUTR2001A
  • Nutrition & Society | NUTR2003
  • Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101A
  • Evidence-based Practice | EBP107A
  • Human Nutrition 2 | NUTR2002A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102A
  • Lifespan Nutrition | NUTR2005A

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Bachelor of Nutrition

    Domestic students only

    8 core subjects
    Full-time: 3 year Part-time: approximately 6 years

    Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

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  • Graduate Certificate of Public Health

    CRICOS 097405K

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

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  • Graduate Diploma of Public Health

    CRICOS 097406J

    Complete four more subjects to expand or deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

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  • Master courses ( 2 options )
    • Master of Public Health

      CRICOS 097404M

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Public Health Advanced

      CRICOS 095594E

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain invaluable insights and build key industry relationships.

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent


Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above


Successful completion of at least 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5, 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6 or above, or equivalent

The below is an alternative option.

Successful completion of Year 10 or equivalent, and a minimum two years of full time relevant work experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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