Graduate Diploma in Integrative Functional Nutrition

Integrative Functional Nutrition intro

  • Integrate personalised nutrition into your existing practice.

    For qualified practising allied healthcare and CAM professionals (with core sciences and clinical experience) our validated graduate diploma offers a fast track qualification in integrative functional nutrition.

    Since 1984, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition has delivered internationally renowned nutritional therapy training. At ION, you learn how to use the principles of personalised and functional medicine to inform nutrition provision within your current and future practice. We combine the latest theoretical and applied knowledge from nutrition, science, and the psychology of behaviour change to help you build an in-depth understanding of the role that nutrition and lifestyle plays in human health and wellbeing.

    Our graduate diploma (GradDip/GDip) is a higher education professional award at the same level as the final year of a Bachelor's Honours degree. It is fully focused on the application of integrated functional nutrition and is unique in offering a high level of specialisation, designed to equip health professionals to incorporate integrative functional nutrition and lifestyle approaches into their current practice. 

    The Integrative Functional Nutrition graduate diploma, the first of its kind, is designed exclusively for practising, experienced allied healthcare and medical graduates, and for those with extensive practice experience who want to specialise in integrating personalised nutrition and lifestyle advice in their current practice. Based on the philosophy and principles of functional medicine, the course is practice-focused with learning centred on case histories and reflection on student-led fieldwork.  

    In each of the modules, you will explore dietary, nutraceutical and lifestyle approaches to optimising health. You will learn how to appraise the tools available to collect and interpret client data, and elicit behaviour change. Learning is shared and discussed with peers and tutors in online group seminars. You will contextualise your learning within your own practice and the boundaries set by your professional bodies/regulators, identifying future opportunities once qualified, to enhance your professional practice.  

    At ION, we also understand the need for flexibility. Our distance learning graduate diploma is offered full-time and part-time, allowing you to manage your study alongside work, family and other commitments.

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  • Key facts

    Course codes
    C0502FTD (full-time) 
    C0502PTD (part-time)

    Graduate Diploma



    1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

    Study time

    12 hours per week full-time
    6 hours per week part-time

    Entry dates

    Tuition fees*

    £6,900 full-time
    £3,450 part-time

    * For 2020/21 academic year. Fees for subsequent years may increase in line with inflation