Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition.xml Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition

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Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$6,400 -$7,100


February. July start may be available, please enquire.





Course related costs

$500 approximately for textbooks per year, travel to work placements



Domestic Applications due

Received all year, preferably before 30 November

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Equip yourself with the skills to enhance nutritional health of individuals and communities.

In our Human Nutrition Graduate Diploma you will learn about biological chemistry - the study of how chemicals work within the human body.

You will look at micro and macro nutrients, including carbohydrates, protein and fats that are required by the human body to produce physiological function.

During your studies you will also learn about population nutrition and disease. You will have significant study time for applied research, research projects and work placements.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A Bachelor of Applied or Health Science or equivalent in any field excluding Human Nutrition or equivalent, including a minimum of 15 credits in Chemistry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • If your degree was completed more than five years ago you must also have current relevant work experience.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills. Refer also to the Acceptable Alternatives Chart which includes credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    For acceptable alternatives, including NCEA, refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an international application form and send it back to us.

Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .

Application documents

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diplomas are designed to extend the current knowledge or add new knowledge for undergraduate students from a range of science and health related disciplines.

On completion of this programme graduates could progress to a variety of roles related to human nutrition. For example, working for a professional sporting franchise, sports national body, clubs (or a collection of clubs) as a consultant, in health, be self-employed, a researcher, or teaching.

Study pathways

Graduates could study postgraduate level in human nutrition though to PhD level. Graduates could specialise in areas such as sports nutrition.