Bachelor of Nutrition

  • Turn your passion for nutrition into a career with this Bachelor of Nutrition
  • Learn vital skills to improve the health of individuals and communities
  • Study online when it suits you

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At a glance

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Torrens University Australia
Career Opportunities

You will be qualified to work as a:

  • Nutritionist
  • Dietitian
  • Food Scientist
  • Food Services Manager

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

  • Year 12 ATAR score of 70 or equivalent, OR
  • A GPA of 3.5 in a scale of 7 through study with another university, OR
  • A Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) rank of 155


Work placement

Optional work placement; 12 days in total

Course length
Accelerated: 2 years | Full-time: 3 years | Part-time options available
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Essays, research projects, online discussion participation & short question tests.
Start date

3 intakes a year.

Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia delivers practical, career-focused education as part of a global network of leading academic institutions.

When you study with Torrens, you’ll have access to:

  • Flexible online delivery – fit your study into your schedule
  • ‘Touch-Point' sessions for online students – collaborate with lecturers and other students and build your professional network
  • Small class sizes – get valuable one-on-one interaction with lecturers and learning facilitators

You can study online via Torrens’ on-demand learning platform, or complete selected courses on-campus.

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The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.


  • Year 12 ATAR score of 70 or equivalent, OR
  • A GPA of 3.5 in a scale of 7 through study with another university, OR 
  • A Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) rank of 155

What you'll learn

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the nutritional needs for populations at a global scale
  • Critically analyse & develop health programs to address global nutrition issues
  • Understand of the nutritional needs of the human body

Work placement

You have the option to undertake a work placement with one of Torrens’s partner organisations as part of this course. The placement is for one day a week, over a 12-week trimester.

This industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

16 units

Core units

  1. Anatomy & physiology 1

    This unit introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this course covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and key body systems, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory and cardiovascular. 

  2. Anatomy & physiology 2

    This unit continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail, including the homeostatic mechanisms of each systems in the body. The structure and function of the digestive, endocrines, urinary and reproductive system are covered in detail, including the homeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

  3. Biochemistry 1

    This unit extends on basic chemistry principles, compromising an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds within the body. This unit includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA. The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

  4. Biochemistry 2

    This unit explains the process of macro-molecule metabolism and energy production and storage in the body. Included in this unit is the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and the electron transport chain and bio-signalling and chemical communication. Humoral and cellular immune responses is discussed in relation to human physiology.

  5. Chemistry essentials

    This unit comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry. Students will explore atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding, as well as organic compounds and their basis properties and reactions. This unit is the fundamental course for the three following biochemistry course and is also the level of chemistry necessary for entry into dietetics programs at a postgraduate level.

  6. Human pathophysiology 1

    Basic pathological process of response to injury, growth abnormalities, degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, immunology, toxicology and microbiology and their characteristic diseases are studied. this course comprises the pathophysiology, symtomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states. The unit includes diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological cardiovascular, hematologic and pulmonary systems. Student are introduced to clinical diagnostic together with laboratory diagnosis, which includes examination techniques, commonly used laboratory tests and analysis and interpretation of findings. 

  7. Human pathophysiology 1

    This unit comprises the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states of gerontology and aging and the musculoskeletal, integumentary and the endocrine, renal, urological and reproductive systems. Students are introduced to clinical diagnostic skills for these various body systems, laboratory diagnosis and analysis, and interpretation of findings.

  8. Nutritional biochemistry & human metabolism

    This unit extends students understanding of biochemistry focusing specifically on nutritional biochemistry and its role in metabolism. Students will examine metabolic pathways, including glycolysis, Krebs cycles, electron transport chain, glycogen synthesis, lipid and amino acid metabolism. Metabolism of liver, muscle and adipose tissue, together with genomics and neurotransmitter synthesis, will also be discussed.

Specialist units

  1. Diet & disease

    This unit explores the relationship between disease and nutrition. With a focus on major non-communicable diseases and venerable populations, students will explore nutrition related disease states and the role of nutritional interventions from a population and community perspective and how these impact on disease in society, making recommendations for policy. Major non-communicable health conditions including obesity, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be explored.

  2. Food systems & policy

    This unit examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia and globally. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sales and the politics of the food system and how these impact on public health initiatives as the relate to food security, sustainability and food deserts.

  3. Human nutrition 1

    In this unit, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macro-nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, and how these relate to the human metabolism. Each individual macro-nutrient is studied in regard to theit composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances found in individuals and populations. Students will investigate how the management of these macro-nutrients contribute to the public health agenda.

  4. Human nutrition 2

    In the unit, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of macro-nutrients, which includes water and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, and how these relate to the human metabolism. This unit provides students with the underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between macro-nutrients and human physiology. Each individual macro-nutrient is studied in regard to structure, biological functions, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses. Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency found in individuals and populations, and how these can be influenced within a public health agenda.

  5. Lifespan nutrition

    In this unit students will examine the range of nutritional requirements that impact populations, communities and individuals at particular life stages, including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, infant, toddler, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, as well as the specific issues affecting indigenous communities.

  6. Nutrition & society

    This unit aims to provide an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health, Students will explore the relationships between human behaviour and dietary intake from a public health perspective. Students will be engaged in community based research to identify a public health issue, which is prevalent in their community society.

  7. Public health nutrition

    This unit develops students understanding of public health nutrition in a population and community context. Students explore health promotion strategies from a social and behavioural science approach to population health problems. Students will investigate public health nutrition goals and initiatives, the development of effective programs and related policies.

  8. Special populations project

    This unit allows students to undertake a piece of research within a special population of their choice, focusing on an issue, which allied to or impacts by nutrition. This unit is the equivalent to a capstone unit, drawing together the learning of the core public health curriculum with the nutrition specialism to allow students to apply all their learning and skills to a project of their choice, generating an outcome they can evidence in pursuit of the preferred career choice.

Support and delivery

Studying online explained

As an online student, you can study this Torrens University course when it suits you and access your course materials on demand.

You will have will have direct access to experienced lecturers and learning facilitators to support you through the course.

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