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MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of sport and exercise performance and is aimed at graduates who have already developed an interest in sport or exercise nutrition and wish to further their knowledge and improve their practical skills in this exciting area of study. 

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Codes:

College

UCAS

Course Length:

1 Year Full Time

Course content

The impact of nutrition on sport and exercise performance is complex with a detailed understanding of the many components required. Such interactions have been developed from extensive research, providing the basis for the systematic application of nutritional strategies aimed at optimising performance. 

With well established courses across a range of sport and exercise disciplines, we have the facilities and expertise to enable Masters students to gain a great insight into both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of nutrition in the sport and exercise context.

By the end of the course, students who successfully complete the taught portion will be eligible to apply for entry to the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) as a "graduate member" and will have attained many of the competencies necessary to achieve full registration with SENr*.

*Subject to SENr accreditation

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

  • 5 x Kistler force plates
  • 1 x RS Scan pressure plate
  • 3 x EMG systems
  • 14 camera Vicon T-Series motion capture
  • Integrated Visual 3D analysis
  • Quintic video based kinematic analysis
  • Cybex Norm isokinetic dynamometer
  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport science laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

The programme is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to enter professional practice in sport and exercise nutrition.

The course structure blends theoretical, empirical, practice and research based learning with a view to meeting the needs of prospective clients and employers.

Graduating students typically find employment in nutrition research, nutritional consultancy, health claim substantiation, education or health promotion. Students are encouraged to engage with the Nutrition Society throughout the course and for future career development.

Work placements

With the developing links with professional sporting clubs / organisations in the locality (including the University’s own high performing teams), coupled with the expertise of current staff, and current presence in Sports undergraduate programmes, there are a number of links enabling students to find appropriate placement opportunities and enhancing employability.

Indicative modules

  • Research methods and statistics
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
  • Muscle Physiology for Sport, Exercise and Nutrition
  • Professional Skills and Practice in Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • The Research Dissertation
  • The Supervised Experience Portfolio

Teaching and assessment

Class sizes depend on the type of module. Nutrition specific modules may have up to 15 students and modules such as research methods and statistics will have up to 50 students.

The course team has ensured that this course is characterised by an appropriate breadth and depth of content that includes the latest research, and a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods. The teaching and learning methods used in the course reflect the wide variety of topics and techniques associated with sport and exercise nutrition.

Learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures and seminar led by academic staff or guest lectures
  • Laboratory classes for learning and practising techniques
  • Workshops for teaching a range of skills including research methods
  • Seminar investigating specific topics including case studies

All modules will include formative assessment.  Formative assessment comprises feedback on students' performance, designed to help them learn more effectively and find ways to maintain and improve their progress. It does not contribute to the final mark, grade or class of degree awarded to the student.

Indicative methods of assessment:

  • Individual and group work
  • Written report
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Practical skills assessment
  • Written examination
  • Research project dissertation

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Entry requirements

Typical offer to come on this course if a student has attained (or be about to attain) at least a first or upper second class honours degree in a related scientific subject from a recognised institution of higher education.

Students with a lower second class award may be accepted if they can provide a transcript to show that they performed near the upper second class level on appropriate modules.

If a student does not have these academic qualifications, they could still be offered a place on this course if they can show evidence of the potential to succeed based on professional and/or related experiences.