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Focus on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of sport and exercise performance

1 year full-time (part-time options available)
Bishop Otter Campus


Understand the impact of nutrition on sport and exercise performance

This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of sport and exercise performance.

It is aimed at those who have already developed an interest in sport or exercise nutrition and wish to further their knowledge practical skills in this area of study. The course provides students with opportunity to develop in applied practice and research roles, providing the foundation for a broad range of employment opportunities.

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.

This course also includes a placement module where students can apply their skills in a professional setting to gain experience to improve future employment opportunities.

Prepare for SENr registration

This course has been designed to fulfil the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) Graduate Competency Framework.

Successful completion of the taught portion of the programme you will be eligible to apply for entry to the SENr as a graduate member and will have attained many of the competencies necessary to achieve full registration with the SENr.

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The Course

Gain a great insight into both the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of nutrition in the sport and exercise context

You will consider the complexity of the impact of nutrition on sport and exercise performance through a detailed understanding of the many components required.

These connections have been developed from extensive research, which provides the basis for the systematic application of nutritional strategies aimed at optimising performance. You will learn to understand these applications, how they can be implemented, and their affects on those who participate in sport.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Research Methods for Health and Performance

During this module you will learn and apply innovative and cutting-edge methods of analysis evident in sport and exercise nutrition literature.

Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

This is a hands-on module that advances the skills required to undertake physiological <u>and nutritional</u> assessments linked to client population requirements.

Professional Skills and Practice in Sport and Exercise Physiology and Nutrition

You will learn how research and applied practice can be used to support the varied physical, physiological and nutritional challenges associated with sport and exercise performance in a range of settings and the importance of working as part of multi-disciplinary teams.

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 exercise performance.

Work Placement in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This provides the 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 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.

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 of your dissertation, or your portfolio of a supervised experience project.


Discover world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


Our team of lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

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


Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

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
  • To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, you need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, you need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.
  • To gain an MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, you need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a supervised experience portfolio.


Acquire the skills and knowledge required to enter professional practice

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.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview.

If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification

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