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Build on your nutrition knowledge with the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition at Bond

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they’re on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond’s exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.  

Nutritionists and dietitians play a vital role in the allied health services sector; focussing on the impact food has on development, performance and general health and wellness at every stage of life. Specialist qualifications in this field open up a range of rewarding career opportunities working with people living with medical conditions like cancer, eating disorders and food allergies, athletes, children, aged care facilities, the media and more. 

Bond University offers a postgraduate study pathway to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice, with a recognised qualification at each exit point: 

Graduate Certificate in Nutrition 

4 subjects / 1 semester 

Graduate Diploma in Nutrition 

8 subjects / 2 semesters 

Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (Extended Masters) 

24 subjects equivalent / 6 semesters 

The Graduate Certificate in Nutrition offers an introduction to professional, industry and workplace activities. Teaching methods include case-based learning, small group projects, team work and stimulated learning environments. You will also have the opportunity to participate in practice-related activities outside the university. 

Bond students particularly benefit from the extensive professional experience of academic staff who work in a range of relevant fields including clinical dietetics, sports nutrition, the food industry, private practice and public health nutrition.  

In addition to opening up new career opportunities for professionals already working in the health sector, the Graduate Certificate is a useful pre-medical program for applicants aiming to enrol in a postgraduate medicine program. It is also suitable for internationally educated dietitians who need to update their qualifications to gain professional recognition in Australia. 

The Graduate Certificate in Nutrition can be completed in 4 months and all subjects can be credited towards the Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice if you ultimately wish to practice as an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). 

Campus and Bond University Experience

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.

For our Nutrition students, this means learning in small, discussion-based classes with leading health scientists, practising nutritionists and dietitians, and researchers.

You will spend time across Bond’s main campus as well as the Bond Institute of Health and Sport which is a short drive (or bus ride) away, located adjacent to the CBus Super Stadium at Robina (home of the Gold Coast Titans). You’ll have full access to the most advanced testing and research technologies in a suite of health science and sports research laboratories. The Institute also includes a high-performance gymnasium, pool and temperature contrast pools, an altitude training room and a multimedia study centre.

On the main Bond campus, the team at the Career Development Centre will help strengthen your interpersonal and employability skills, as well as helping you prepare for the job application and interview process. You’ll also be able to work on real-life projects of your own choosing under the guidance of academics and industry mentors in the Transformer program.

Bond is renowned for its amazing student facilities and social activities, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants and cafes all right here on campus. 

Be exposed to and engaged with professional, industry and workplace activities

Students participate in, and are assessed on, practice-related activities outside the university environment to develop competency as nutrition professionals.

Key features

  • Complete a recognised postgraduate qualification in just 4 months
  • All subjects can be credited towards the Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice
  • Pathway to postgraduate medical studies

About the program

This certificate program is designed to build on undergraduate studies in the health and related sciences to develop specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to human nutrition and health. Successful graduates from this certificate program are well-placed to progress to further studies via the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice to become qualified as a dietitian and receive full credit for subjects studied in this degree. Show more

This certificate program is designed to build on undergraduate studies in the health and related sciences to develop specialist knowledge, skills and attitudes relating to human nutrition and health. Successful graduates from this certificate program are well-placed to progress to further studies via the Masters of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice to become qualified as a dietitian and receive full credit for subjects studied in this degree. This program is a useful pre-medical program for graduates with ambitions to enter post-graduate medical programs, as a pathway into postgraduate specialisation in nutrition or for internationally educated dietitians requiring professional updates before applying for Australian qualification recognition. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world.
Duration1 semester (4 months)
Starting semesters
  • May 2022
  • May 2023
Program typePostgraduate Certificate
Study areaHealth Sciences, Sport
Program codeCC-63039
CRICOS code079257M
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Semester 1 (May start)

*Subject names and structure may change

Successful graduates from the Certificate are well-placed to progress to further studies via the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice to become qualified as a dietitian and are eligible to receive credit for subjects successfully completed in this degree. 

Graduates are also eligible to progress into the Graduate Diploma in Nutrition to develop further knowledge and skills relating to human nutrition and health.

Learning and teaching methodology

The Bond University Graduate Certificate in Nutrition is designed to expose and engage students with professional, industry and workplace activities. In addition to case-based learning, small group projects, team work and simulated learning environments, students participate in, and are assessed on, practice-related activities outside the university environment to develop competency as nutrition professionals. 

Students also benefit from the extensive professional experience of nutrition and dietetic academic staff in a range of fields, including clinical dietetics, sports nutrition, the food industry, private practice and public health nutrition, as well as their national and international professional networks

Recommended study structure

Please visit Program Structure and Sequencing for guidance on study plans.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee. Fees each semester may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $16,600
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $16,800

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic requirements

The minimum academic requirement is an undergraduate degree in health science or other related degree with at least two biochemistry subjects* at second year level where first year chemistry is a pre-requisite of these subjects and two physiology subjects** also at second year level.

Eligible undergraduate programs at Bond University:

* Examples of a suitable pre-requisite subject include Bond’s BMED11-205 Medical Biochemistry 1 and BMED12-209 Medical Biochemistry 2.
** Examples of a suitable pre-requisite subject include Bond’s Human Organ Systems subjects i.e. BMED11-110 Human Organ Systems 1 and BMED12-114 Human Organ Systems 2
^ Must complete the Bond Bachelor of Biomedical Science in the Pre-Health Professional major.
^^ Students must have completed the subjects of Medical Biochemistry 1 (BMED11-205) and Medical Biochemistry 2 (BMED12-209)

Domestic students

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

  1. Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including your academic transcript.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine your eligibility based on an assessment of academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant).

International students

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply or contact one of our in-country representatives for more information.

  1. Applications should include all accompanying documentation, including an academic transcript and documented proof of English language proficiency.
  2. Applications will then be assessed by the Faculty to determine eligibility based on academic performance.
  3. Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview to be held on-campus (at the expense of the applicant) or via video interview.

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language.  

For details please visit: English Language Proficiency Requirements 

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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Future outcomes

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook rates the future growth in demand for dietitians as ‘strong’.  

More than 85% of nutritionists and dietitians work in the broad area of health care and social assistance, including: 

  • Hospitals and outpatient facilities 
  • Aged care facilities 
  • Private nutrition / dietetic practice 
  • Community and public health nutrition 
  • Nutrition and dietetic research 

Career opportunities are also available in public administration and safety, education and training (childcare and schools), corporate health and wellness, food service management, sports nutrition, nutrition communications and media and the food industry. 

The Graduate Certificate in Nutrition has been designed to upskill graduates and health professionals for a range of career opportunities, such as: 

  • Consulting 
  • Food analyst and product development 
  • Food technology and science 
  • Media liaison or nutrition commentator for radio and television 
  • Nutritional advisor 
  • Nutrition research 
  • Pharmacy assistant 
  • Policy and guideline development  
  • Health promotion officer/worker 
  • Nutritionist  
  • Sales and marketing for health-related pharmaceutical companies

All subjects successfully completed as part of the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition can be credited towards further studies in Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice 

It is also a useful pre-medical program for those intending to enrol in a postgraduate medical program. 

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’ and, following three years of relevant work experience, can apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. Please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia for details.  

This program is also suitable for internationally educated dietitians requiring professional updates for recognition of their qualifications in Australia. Please refer to Dietitians Australia for details. 

If you are seeking qualifications to become a dietitian, please refer to the Bond University Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row. 

We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalised approach to teaching, combined with the application of case-based learning that encourages the development of increased analytical reasoning, critical thinking, and a range of broader employability skills.  

Related courses

The following programs offer an undergraduate pathway to postgraduate studies in Nutrition: 

Enquire about the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition