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Nutritional Science and Therapeutics

Conventional health care deals mostly with chronic degenerative disease, but does little to address the underlying causes that are often rooted in poor dietary and lifestyle habits.

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What is Nutritional Therapy?

Nutritional Therapy, the core component of Functional Medicine, is a holistic, person-centered approach that uses whole foods, phytonutrients, therapeutic food supplements and lifestyle changes to assist clients to restore and safeguard sound health.

What does a Nutritional Therapist do?

Following a comprehensive interview and discussion process, the Nutritional Therapist and the client agree a programme of dietary and lifestyle recommendations based on the client’s unique set of needs, preferences and circumstances. Follow-up appointments to monitor progress and make adjustments take place over the following weeks or months.

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Course Outline

The Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics is a Level 6 equivalent programme (UK undergraduate level)
consisting of 8 units:

  • Unit 1. Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2. Biochemistry
  • Unit 3. Understanding and Accessing Research
  • Unit 4. Nutritional Therapy
  • Unit 5. Pathophysiology
  • Unit 6. Pharmacology
  • Unit 7. Practitioner Development (Includes Practice Management)
  • Unit 8. Clinical Practice
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Our Nutritional Therapy students undergo continuous assessment through online tests, essays, case study reports and presentations, literature reviews and supervised clinical practice.


  • Crossfields Institute Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics (DipNST).
  • Accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
  • Recognised by Nutritional Therapists of Ireland (NTOI –, the independent professional body representing Nutritional Therapy in Ireland.
  • Recognised by CMA, the Complementary Medical Association (UK).

Key Facts

course length

Course length:

2½ Years.



Level 6 qualification in the UK education system. This means you will be studying to the same level of difficulty as a Bachelors degree in the
UK. Please note this is not a Bachelors degree. (Any equivalence to level is assured solely by Crossfields Institute in line with guidance from Ofqual
and the QAA.)

Accrediting bodies


Completion of the IINH Nutrition and Health Coaching Diploma programme or equivalent.

Next Course Runs

Next Course Runs:

September to June.


Delivery format:

Approximately 21 lecture weekends or via interactive learning platform.

time commitment

Time Commitment:

1,650 notional learning hours. This includes lecture time, home study, tutorials, reading and assignments (approx. 10-15 hours per week).



Crossfields Institute Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics

Nutritional Therapy graduates can register with the CNHC (UK voluntary regulator for complementary therapists) via full portfolio route.

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  • Nutritional Therapy (Year 2 Attendance or online) – € 4,200
  • Nutritional Therapy (Year 3 Attendance or online) – € 4,200
  • Nutritional Therapy (Year 4 – Six months intensive clinical practice) – € 1,500
  • Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or cash.

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