Diploma of Nutrition

  • This fast-tracked Diploma of Nutrition is delivered over two 12-week trimesters
  • Entirely online – convenient for full-time workers & remote students
  • Ideal starting point if you're interested in nutrition, with option to continue onto Bachelor degree if you wish

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At a glance

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Torrens University Australia
Career Opportunities

You will be qualified to work as a:

  • Nutritional Advisor
  • Weight Loss Advisor
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Sales & Marketing Representative for a pharmaceutical company

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Year 12 ATAR score of 56 or equivalent



Course length
Full-time: Two 12-week trimesters.
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, online quizzes, online discussion participation & research projects.
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 56 or equivalent

What you'll learn

You will:

  • Build a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of nutrition & health science
  • Gain knowledge of a range of nutrition solutions in human development, health & fitness
  • Explore nutritional science & its application in real life
  • Develop the ability to evaluate & provide advice on individual’s nutritional & diet requirements

Course structure

8 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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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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