GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition

Enhance your career with the GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition


The graduate diploma is designed exclusively for practising, experienced allied healthcare and medical graduates, and for those with extensive practice experience, including in CAM, who want to specialise in integrating personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice in their current practice. 

There are a number of professional benefits for completing the graduate diploma, including:

  • Giving you the chance to expand your practice options and offering
  • Enabling you to identify future practice development opportunities
  • Understanding your clients' test results from a functional perspective
  • Implementing the latest evidence-informed approaches to personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice
  • learning about and using innovative, validated tools to enhance behaviour change
    Building a network of diversely qualified peers who have a passion for helping others, just like you. 


Why study integrative functional nutrition at ION?

Gain your Graduate Diploma with an internationally-acclaimed provider

All of the courses at ION are widely respected, meaning that you can be assured that you have chosen:

  • A reputable and established training provider – ION was one of the first UK providers of nutritional therapy training and our respected courses have an international reputation for excellence across the industry.
  • A course validated by one of the UK’s top universities – the University of Portsmouth is globally recognised for its research and currently rated 21st in the Guardian University Guide league table.
  • A higher education institution fully accredited by BAC BAC provide a comprehensive quality assurance scheme, recognised worldwide by students, agents and government officials as the clearest mark of educational quality. 
  • Accredited for BANT associate membership  the Graduate Diploma counts as credit for a BANT associate membership or, with the addition of a clinical module (subject to course accreditation), BANT full membership and CNHC registration
  • An institution with a strong track record – we have years of experience of providing advanced graduate CPD courses.

Designed with flexibility in mind

When you take this GradDip with ION, we understand the need for:

  • Online learning with full or part time study option, which makes it easy for you to balance the course with your professional and personal commitments.
    • A clear modular structure that clearly states what you need to do and offers flexibility, so that you can fit studying into your current lifestyle.

    High quality teaching and continuous support

    When you study with ION, we promise to provide:

    • Varied and comprehensive course content based on innovation, the latest research and best practice guidance, that is leading industry reform.
    • Expert tutors and innovative teaching that is fully supported by a range of interactive tools and materials via RelION, your 24/7 virtual learning tool.
    • Personal tutors, level leaders, module coordinators and our study skills development programme, alongside access to the University of Portsmouth’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK), to support your learning.
    • High quality course delivery drawn from our extensive expeirnece in offering long distance courses and those that have been founded on the functional medicine philosophical approach.

    Once an ION student, always an ION student

    When you take a nutritional therapy qualification with ION, it is the start of a lifelong relationship with us. We actively encourage you to:

          • Be part of our community – stay in touch and share your successes.
          • Continue your professional development – continue your professional development with our short courses and our ongoing CPD support.
          • Join our active alumni community – become a member of our Alumni Community, where you can access details of internal and external CPD events, job opportunities, discount, networking events and the chance to contribute to the ION newsletter and magazine, Optimum Nutrition.
          • Take advantage of the University of Portsmouth Alumni entitlements – you will also be eligible for these, giving you access to discounts on further education courses. 


      Validation and accreditation

      The GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition is validated by the University of Portsmoutha leading modern university and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) gold rated, and is recognised globally for its research. 

      Additionally, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

      The BAC provides a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK. Its accreditation is globally recognised as the clearest mark of educational quality in the private sector. 

      The GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition is accredited for BANT associate membership or with the addition of a clinical module BANT full membership and CNHC registration.