The first Bachelor of Science honours degree from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition

From the 2020/21 academic year, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) will be delivering two new higher awards validated by the University of Portsmouth.  


BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy 

The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy course is a 4.5-year part-time clinical practice training programme, available via both campus and distance learning options, and will provide rich, in–depth training to enable practitioners to operate successfully in a growing and dynamic market.  

In September 2020, we will commence Year 1 (level 4) and Year 4 (level 6) of the programme. 

For previous qualified practitioners, there is a pathway to join the final level (Year 4, level 6) of the undergraduate degree and graduate as BSc (Hons). 

BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy


Graduate Diploma in Integrative Functional Medicine 

From February 2021, the Institute will also be offering the first Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Integrative Functional Nutrition. An ideal course for health and medical practitioners who wish to make nutrition a central part of their practice, it will be offered both full- (1 year) and part-time (2 years) via distance learning.  

GradDip. Integrative Functional Nutrition


Excellence in teaching since in 1984 

The Institute has been a leading provider of nutritional therapy training in the UK since 1984. The move to deliver higher awards will provide students with the opportunity to gain a widely recognised qualification, giving them more career options. It will also enable professionals who are already clinically qualified to develop their skills and knowledge in nutrition to enhance their practice.  


The University of Portsmouth  

The Institute for Optimum Nutrition is delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Portsmouth; a top 25 UK university that is Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) gold-rated and globally recognised for its research.

The University’s mission “to create, share and apply knowledge to make a difference to individuals and society” fits well with our own mission “to educate, enthuse and instil optimum nutrition as the foundation of health for all” 


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BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy GDip Integrative Functional Nutrition 

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