BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy

Undergraduate NT Intro

  • Train to become a qualified registered nutritional therapist

    Our undergraduate degree course, 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. It is flexible, innovative and up-to-date to ensure you get the most from the course.

    Flexible part-time study options  Module list

    On this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the role that nutrition plays in human health and wellbeing. Whilst the Diploma remains open to students already enrolled with ION, the BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is now the primary route to become a qualified nutritional therapist for new students. It also ensures your eligibility to be registered with BANT, the professional body for nutritional therapists.

    Why choose ION for your nutritional therapy course?

    The Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) is an independent higher education institution and education charity that has been successfully educating nutritional therapists since 1984. It was founded by Patrick Holford, with the support of twice Nobel Prize winner, Professor Linus Pauling, and has been the leading authority for nutritional therapy education and nutritional therapists, for nearly 40 years.

    Our BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is part-time and offered in both attendance and online learning modes, to offer you flexibility. You can tailor the course to work around your other commitments.  Regardless of how you study, by the end of the degree, you will be:

      •  Fully qualified
      •  Eligible for registration with BANT
      •  Practice-ready
      •  Confident to work in a variety of healthcare settings
      •  Able to run your own business, should you wish.
    Why choose this course?

    Experienced nutritional therapist? Upgrade your qualification to a degree with us

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

    ION in partnership with The University of Portsmouth

    The BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is one of our flagship training courses and validated by the University of Portsmouth.

    Watch the video and learn more about how our partnership with the University of Portsmouth will benefit your learning and progress through the course.

    Please note attendance classes are held in Richmond, London, and not at 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. It is TEF gold rated and globally recognised for research.

    As a student of ION, you will benefit from the many educational resources and assets available to all University of Portsmouth students, including online learning materials and student entitlements.
    "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 
    Ready to learn more about this sector leading and innovative course? Book a call or download a prospectus

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Undergraduate NT Glance

  • Key facts

    Course codes
    C0503PTD (online)

    BSc (Hons)


    Clinical training pathway


    4.5 years part-time

    Study time

    15-20 hours per week plus time to watch lectures

    Entry month

    September and February

    Tuition fees

    £5,250 per year, years 1-4
    £2,625 year 4

    * For 2022/23 academic year. Fees for subsequent years may increase in line with inflation