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MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 Year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

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.

International students: English language proficiency: IELTS 6.5 (with no element below 5.5) - or equivalent qualification.


2021/22 UK fee: £7,900

2021/22 International fee: £14,900

University of Chichester alumni receive a 20% fee discount for 2021 entry.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course content

This is a 1-year full-time (with part-time routes available) course which 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. 

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*.


This course starts in September


You can request a postgraduate prospectus here.


*Subject to SENr accreditation

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins


Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

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 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and Nutrition Society throughout the course and for future career development.

Work placements

We encourage students to find their own work placements in an area that they aspire to work within after they graduate. With the 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 for Health and Performance - Learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in the sport and exercise science literature.
  • Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Nutrition - An opportunity to put theory into practice and develop key transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, task deadline accomplishment, working under pressure, and professional work ethic.
  • Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition - This is a hands-on module that advances the skills required to undertake physiological and nutritional assessments linked to client population requirements.
  • Muscle Physiology for Sport, Exercise and Nutrition - You will advance your in-depth understanding of the structure, function and adaptability of human skeletal muscle with additional application to nutritional and training strategies to improve performance and wellbeing.
  • Professional Skills and Practice in Sport and Exercise Nutrition - Learn how nutrition can be used to support the varied physical and physiological challenges associated with sport and exercise performance in a range of settings and be introduced to general issues concerning best practice of exercise nutrition.
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition - This module aims to develop the practical skills and knowledge base essential for designing, delivering and monitoring individually tailored nutritional interventions that optimise sports performance and recovery, and enhancement of athlete wellbeing.
  • Research Dissertation or Supervised Experience Portfolio - The credit of Master of Science is achieved by completion of either a full write-up or write-up and presentation dissertation, or a portfolio of a supervised experience.

International English Studies

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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 your performance designed to help you learn more effectively and find ways to maintain and improve your progress. It does not contribute to the final mark, grade or class of degree awarded to you.

Indicative methods of assessment:

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

Additional Costs

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