Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,075 *
International Fees £1,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

The amazing feats of world-class athletes across the huge range of sports has projected the issues of performance into the public eye, and sports nutrition is now recognised as a key part of supporting training and competition at all levels of participation.

The Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster offers the chance to study the science behind sports nutrition and its applications for both the 'weekend warrior' and the elite athlete. It also puts the controversies surrounding the use of supplements under scientific scrutiny, looking at the key evidence for and against performance benefits.

The aim of the course is to produce sports nutritionists who are strongly focused on the science behind the subject, but who also have some experience of the practicalities of delivering sound guidance to individuals and teams who are looking to use nutrition as part of their training programmes. To this end, a number of guest lecturers contribute their expertise in key related areas, and students are also given the opportunity of shadowing established sports nutrition practitioners.

The course covers the key principles of sports nutrition and exercise physiology, including the latest research papers, and aims to develop the ability to apply critical awareness to topics across the broad remit of sports nutrition, from measurement of exercise performance to the assessment of mental performance. The modules studied are designed to underpin the subject, and create a sound base for the development of ideas for the research project, which offers students a wide degree of flexibility to pursue their personal interests. The course can be studied full time over one year, or in part-time mode over a varying time, up to five years.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

You will look at nutritional needs of specific athletic populations, the impact of extremes of environment, and possible contributions of diet and ergogenic aids. You will also work shadow a professional sports nutrition practitioner, and produce a reflective report.

You will examine the range of techniques used in assessing health and fitness, from general population up to elite performers, and the appropriate evaluation of results.

This module aims to develop critical understanding of the scientific basis of nutritional requirements and the factors that influence them.

This module examines the role of nutrition in enhancing exercise and sports performance, including understanding of nutritional ergogenic aids and their regulation.

You will study the theory and practice of methods of assessing nutritional status, at individual, group and population levels.

The module aim is to prepare students for the professional demands they will be required to meet once practicing in a consultancy or team environment. This includes assessing and analysing, communication skills, and models for changes, compliance, and follow up that are needed and can significantly impact the outcome of nutritional interventions either positively or negatively, as well as ethics, governance, professional conducts and business skills.

This module ensures that basic methodology, design study, data handling and statistics are approached correctly in formulating the research project.

Your project should be an original study reflecting your expertise or interest, supervised by a research-active member of staff, requiring a high level of scientific rigour and originality, and culminating in your project dissertation.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). This allows students to take the title Associate Nutritionist, which is the first step on the professional recognition and registration ladder.

The course is also accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) and has received the Recognition Award of the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Students are encouraged to take the Certification of the ISSN (CISSN) exam towards the end of their period of study.

Entry Requirements

You should have a first degree in a life sciences subject with a string element of nutrition and/or physiology, but if you are a graduate in another discipline there is an opportunity to gain entry via successful completion of the Essentials of Nutrition course.

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, including a score of 6.5 in writing, a TOEFL score of at least 98, with a minimum of 25 in the writing component.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

You should have a first degree in a life sciences subject with a string element of nutrition and/or physiology, but if you are a graduate in another discipline there is an opportunity to gain entry via successful completion of the Essentials of Nutrition course.

If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, including a score of 6.5 in writing, a TOEFL score of at least 98, with a minimum of 25 in the writing component.

    Careers

    Qualified sport and exercise nutritionists find employment in a number of areas, ranging from research and public health nutrition to performance training. Many eventually become self-employed and create their own consultancy companies which can be very successful. The course is designed to make transition into any of these areas as smooth and effective as possible.

    Our graduates go on to positions which include teaching in higher education, athlete support within the English Institute of Sport, and PhD research.

    The aim of our course is to enable students to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. Your career choices can include leading sports nutrition programmes for teams and elite athletes, involvement in physical activity initiatives, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations.

    Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

    With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

    In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

    As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

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    • find work placements related to your course
    • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
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    • write better CVs and application forms
    • develop your interview and enterprise skills
    • plan your career with our careers consultants
    • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

    Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

    What our students say

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    Richie Barclay

    Sports and Exercise Nutrition MSc

    My time at the University was extremely valuable – without this course and first-hand knowledge from experts in the field, I wouldn't be in the position that I'm in now, where I'm completing a PhD and running my own sports nutrition consultancy.  The applied focus of the course was really useful, showing how to apply the science to real-life people, which prepared me for the challenges I now face on a day-to-day basis.

    Harry Mugford

    Harry Mugford

    Sports and Exercise Nutrition MSc

    One of the best things about this course is the passion the lecturers have for the subjects they lecture on – which rubs off on us too! The course could not have been a better experience for me thanks to them. I've also found professional accreditation profoundly important in the health and fitness industry. Becoming CISSN accredited and becoming an Associate for Nutrition have opened up exciting additional job opportunities for me – currently I'm working in a nutrition and physiology lab.

    Fees and Funding

    UK and EU tuition fee: £1,075 (Price per 20-credit module)

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    Alumni discount

    This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

    Funding

    As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

    Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

    International tuition fee: £1,500 (Price per 20-credit module)

    Find out how we set our tuition fees.

    Alumni discount

    This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

    Funding

    Find out about funding for international students.

    Scholarships

    The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

    Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

    Additional costs

    See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

    Course Location

    Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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