BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy

Undergraduate NT Intro

  • Ready to become a fully qualified registered nutritional therapist?

    Founded in 1984 by Patrick Holford with the support of twice Nobel Prize winner Professor Linus Pauling, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) is an independent higher education institution and education charity that has been successfully educating nutritional therapists since 1984, and is one of the most respected training bodies of its kind in Europe.

    Our undergraduate degree course, the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy, is developed from our long-standing and well-respected diploma course (DipION Nutritional Therapy). It combines the latest theoretical knowledge from the science of nutrition with “real world” clinical training. During this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the role that nutrition plays in human health and wellbeing. This course has been enhanced to degree level in response to student demand for a higher award and the requirement by the professional body for nutritional therapists to be qualified to undergraduate honours degree level. As an added benefit, having a degree also gives you increased recognition for the work involved.

    Because we understand the need for flexibility, our BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is part-time and offered in both attendance and online learning modes, so that you can tailor it to work around your other commitments. Regardless of how you study, we will ensure you are practice-ready by the time you graduate with us.

    The undergraduate degree will prepare you to become a fully qualified, registered nutritional therapist and is one of our flagship training courses, validated by the University of Portsmouth and accredited by the professional body for nutritional therapy’s education commission.

    Already qualified and looking to upgrade?

    If you are already a qualified nutritional therapist, you have the option – depending on your amount of recognised prior learning (RPL) – to complete the degree within one and half years part-time using certified credits from your previous training and/or experiential learning from your clinical practice.

    In partnership with The University of Portsmouth

    ION is proud to be working in partnership with the Faculty of Science & Health at the University of Portsmouth to deliver validated higher education awards. Recognised as a leading modern university, its vision is to be the number one modern university in the UK by 2030. As a top 25 UK university*, it is TEF gold rated and globally recognised for research.
    "We are delighted to partner with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. ION have been providing high quality nutritional therapy education for the last 35 years and their research informed philosophy to learning aligns closely with the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with ION and to working closely with their staff and students in training the next generation of registered nutritional therapists."

    Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health & Science 
    *Guardian University Guide 2020 

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Undergraduate NT Glance

  • Key facts

    Course codes
    C0501PTC (attendance)
    C0503PTD (online)

    BSc (Hons)


    1) clinical training pathway
    2) qualified nutritional therapist degree top-up pathway


    4.5 years part-time
    1.5 years part-time (for degree top-up)

    Study time

    15-20 hours per week plus time to attend/watch lectures

    Entry dates


    Online learning (CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY):
    September and February

    Tuition fees

    £4,600 per year, years 1-4
    £2,300 year 5*

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