Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 4 years (full-time only)
Location: On campus

2014 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 97.35
Bonus points: Yes
Deferment: This course may not be deferred

International students
FISC Foundation: 7.8, A Levels: 13, IB Diploma: 34
English requirements

Course overview

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics prepares graduates to work as professional nutritionists and dietitians in a range of settings.

The study program includes a significant science component. In the first two years, this includes topics in the biological sciences, chemistry and human physiology. 

During your final year, you will undertake 21 weeks of work placement, in clinical, community and food service settings.

The course is one of the most popular at Flinders and entry is very competitive. 

If you are not accepted into this course in 1st year you may wish to consider enrolling in either the Bachelor of Medical Science, the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Nutrition stream) to obtain the required prerequisites to apply for lateral transfer into the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the end of the 2nd year. Year 3 entry is also very competitive due to the limited number of places available in the course.

An honours degree can be completed in four years by undertaking additional units, including a research project at honours level, in Year 4. 

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the study of the role of food nutrients in the body. Dietetics is concerned with the prevention and treatment of a variety of food-related diseases.

Nutritionists and dietitians (the terms are used interchangeably) interpret scientific knowledge about food in relation to health and disease then translate it into practical information to help people change eating habits and improve their health. 

Why study Nutrition and Dietetics at Flinders?

  • We have delivered programs in nutrition and dietetics for more than 30 years and are considered at the forefront of innovation and development in Australia.
  • We have a comprehensive research program, with interests as diverse as: children's nutrition, public health nutrition, health service research, the role of nutrition in promoting healthy ageing and content analysis of TV food advertisements.
  • Our researchers also contribute to 2 of the University's flagship institutes - the Flinders Centre for Clinical Change and Health Care Research and the Health and Society Research Group.

Professional Recognition/Membership

Graduates are eligible for professional membership of the Dietitions Association of Australia (DAA).

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics degree?  

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English and creative writing. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: None

Domestic students: This course is only available to school leavers - ie applicants who are competing for entry on the basis of performance in SACE Stage 2 studies or the International Baccalaureate or the interstate/overseas equivalent AND Adult Entry applicants eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Applicants who have an academic record of two years or less of full-time equivalent study at higher education level (including Bachelor degrees from TAFE or RTOs) are eligible to apply but will only be considered on the basis of their Year 12 ATAR or Adult Entry Rank.

International students: Entry and English requirements. This program has limited places. Applications close subject to availability.

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 214381
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,827

International students
CRICOS code: 028941B
Mid year entry: No
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $27,300
2017: $29,700




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Related courses 

Further study options 

Course brochures

Domestic students
Health (PDF 1MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus
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