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Sport and Exercise Nutrition (MSc)

This master’s degree is designed for individuals who wish to work as Sports Nutrition Practitioners / Sports Nutritionists.

Sports Nutrition is a growing area in sport and the programme has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to work in this field of sport. There is currently a high demand for practitioners who have the skills to work in sport.

The programme will give you the knowledge and skills needed to become a Sports Nutrition Practitioner / Sports Nutritionist.

This exciting new course has been designed to allow students to attend at weekends with a mix of taught and blended learning, enabling students to balance work and study.

The programme has been mapped to the competencies of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and the programme has SENr accreditation.

Pathway Options and How to Apply

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£7,500 (Home/EU)
£10,500 (Overseas)

5 Reasons to study Sport and Exercise Nutrition (MSc)

  • Part-time over two - four years
  • Weekend delivery supported by Moodle
  • The introductory module will cover areas of nutrition or exercise science not taught in your previous studies
  • Mapped to the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) competencies
  • Access to Dietary Analysis Package for the duration of the programme

What you will learn

Course Overview

The role of nutrition in sports performance is now seen as an important part of an all athlete’s preparation and training programme.

You will learn about the principles of sports nutrition and fitness that are based on up to date and current theories and evidence. This will enable you to turn theory into practice and advice athletes from all sports to maximise their performance.

Specialist software is used to undertake dietary analysis and meal planning. Students also use the human performance laboratory to assess individuals’ health and fitness levels.

Module Topics

The modules have been designed to develop a deeper and critical understanding of the importance and role of sports nutrition, also allowing students to develop their academic and professional skills.

The blended approach will be a mix of taught weekends, with some online teaching, tutorials with tutors and online student forums using varying IT platforms including the University VLE, Moodle.

Students will be expected to complete tasks in between the taught weekends.

The first module will allow those from differing undergraduate backgrounds to study slightly different pathways that will enable you to cover various aspects of nutrition and/or exercise physiology and metabolism that was not covered in your previous study.

The modules are as follows

  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Applied Sports Nutrition
  • Advanced Nutrition Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

A variety of assessment will be used to challenge students but also enhance the practical skills required to work in the area of sports nutrition. There is a strong academic focus within the programme alongside the development of practical skills.

Assessments will include essays, laboratory reports, case studies, practical tasks and presentations (individual and groups).

Key Information


Chris Cashin – (Programme Manager)

Entry Criteria

Prospective students should normally have completed a first degree in Nutrition, Dietetics,

Sport and Exercise Science, Human Biology, Exercise Physiology or similar, gaining at least a 2:2 classification. This is an important consideration if students wish to become a Registrant of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register Practitioner.

For international students, the entry requirements must be broadly equivalent to those expected of UK students. At admission, students whose first language is not English must have English Language requirements appropriate to an AfN Accredited programme, which must not be less than 6.5 IELTS (or equivalent), with no individual section less than 6.0.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will go on to work with elite and recreational athletes across a range of sports. Many Sports Governing Bodies require at least Practitioner status to work for them.

There are increasing opportunities to work in a variety of sports or to set up a business working with elite and recreational athletes. The opportunities are endless.

Our lecturers are also practitioners themselves and have a wealth of experience that helps to guide your career.

Additional Costs
  • Accommodation – usually available at the Carmarthen Campus
  • DBS Check
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
Bursary / Scholarship Information
Study Abroad Opportunities

Not applicable


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