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2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time


Semester 1
Onshore - Semester 1
Offshore - No


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required


Course code



Our Master of Nutrition is a graduate- entry degree that qualifies you to work as a nutritionist and pursue a diverse career in health, focusing on how food and nutrition impacts the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and populations.
Study this top nutrition course at CDU to gain advanced knowledge in biological, social and policy related aspects of human nutrition, opening doors to a multitude of career options in health. You¿ll find opportunities to make an impact in acute or community health facilities, public health, food and nutrition policy, health promotion and individuals and families or food industry, and research.
You can study your nutrition degree mostly online, and complete 100 days of work-integrated learning during supported, relevant practical placements and projects in food service, nutrition communication, nutrition project and research supported by CDU academics.
Gain real-world experience with unique placement opportunities in the Northern Territory local, rural and remote areas.
Australia needs competent health professionals who understand the impact of nutrition on health to address the prevention and treatment of illness. Study our nutrition course and be prepared you to take on this challenge.
Our Master of Nutrition offers international study opportunities and welcomes both First Nations and international students with dedicated support services on hand to support you through your degree.

Professional recognition

As a Master of Nutrition graduate you will be eligible to register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as a Registered Nutritionist. You may also apply for membership with the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association of Australia

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $29,520.00. This equates to $3,690.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This course is delivered in both internal and external modes and incorporates 100 days of work-integrated learning during the final 3 semesters, which are supported by CDU academics There are unique project opportunities in the Northern Territory's local, rural and remote areas as well as flexible options to complete projects in other locations.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(15 units)
160cp Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A
NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science
NUT502 Nutrition across the Lifecycle
NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Food services
NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment
NUT505 Public Health Nutrition
NUT506 Nutrition and Disease
NUT507 Nutrition Communication
NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies
PHM526 Research Design
NUT601 Nutrition in Practice
NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20 cp)

  160cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1 CO SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2 CO
SCH104 Introductory Chemistry A CO NUT501 Principles of Nutrition Science CO
SBI150 Cellular Biology (replaces MLS245) CO NUT502 Nutrition across the Lifecycle CO
NUT504 Food, Society and the Environment CO NUT503 Food Science, Technology and Food services CO
Year 2
PHM526 Research Design CO NUT505 Public Health Nutrition CO
NUT508 Nutrition Assessment and Dietary Methodologies CO NUT506 Nutrition and Disease CO
NUT507 Nutrition Communication CO NUT602 Nutrition Research Project (20 cp) CO
NUT601 Nutrition in Practice CO

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification with at least a credit average (GPA of 5.00).

Essential requirements

Prior to commencing work integrated learning, all students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, and Australian Federal Police Record Check. Depending on the requirement of health and education departments, some organisations may also request students to meet immunisation requirements.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is obtained prior to commencing work-integrated learning projects.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 7.0 with no score below a 6.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 94 with no score less than 22 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


I've had the unique opportunity to explore tropical and rural health, which I may not have had the exposure to had I studied elsewhere.


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Master of Nutrition
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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