Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc

The online Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively apply the principles of sport and exercise nutrition to your daily practice.

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of Gibraltar. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

This course is specifically designed for current and aspiring sport and exercise nutritionists who have a desire to upskill and broaden their scope of practise within the field.

The successful completion of this course will enable graduates to:

  • To provide an advanced study of issues in sport and exercise nutrition to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based care and best practice.
  • To prepare for and/or develop skills at a professional level, or as preparation for research or further study in the area.
  • To enable graduates to develop positive and critical attitudes towards key areas in sport and exercise nutrition, so as to reflect the dynamism and vibrancy of the environment.
  • To develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise nutrition to complex and/or unpredictable situations, both systematically and creatively.
  • To improve nutrition advice in the context of sport and exercise, including within an international context.
  • To develop the ability to convert theory into practice from a critical and informed perspective in order to advance the effectiveness of sport and exercise nutrition.
  • To develop and enhance a range of general transferable skills and attributes, which, while being highly appropriate to a career in sport and exercise nutrition, are not restricted to this.
  • To develop lifelong learning skills, including engendering an enthusiasm for sport and exercise nutrition and for learning more generally as part of continuing personal and professional development.
  • To enable graduates to confidently work in teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts.
  • To develop skills in leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.

Course Structure

Our online Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc a part-time, distance-learning course. Delivered over 2 calendar years, the online part-time distance course is specially developed for busy health professionals.

Year 1, comprising of 6 modules, each of 6 weeks duration, is designed to be practical and clinically focused. At this point, upon successful completion of the 6 modules, you may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 2 begins with an initial 10-week module to develop your skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies followed by a professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s understanding of the different physiological systems and concepts of the human body. Students will be able to develop an appreciation of how these systems contribute to normal physiological functioning during homeostasis and imbalance.
Module Content
  • Musculoskeletal system, including power and strength
  • Cardiovascular system, respiration and aerobic fitness
  • Neuro-endocrine system
  • Immune system
  • Fluid, electrolyte balance and thermoregulation
  • Principles and components of fitness
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the importance of an in-depth knowledge of physiology and health
  2. Critically analyse the mechanisms for the integration of metabolism at molecular, cellular and whole-body levels in health.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s practical and theoretical skills essential to understand the digestive system and the requirements of human nutrition to optimise health, especially in the terms of the relevant evidence-based guidelines and the latest research relating to food and health.
  • The student will develop analytical skills to enable them to assess the adequacy of nutritional intake as applied to general populations and subgroups of populations to include ethnicity and/or cultural differences. An awareness of the effect of nutrient deficiencies and excesses on health and an appreciation of the role of diet in various nutrition related diseases will be developed.
  • The student will also be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of professional conduct, good working practice and competency in nutritional assessment.
Module Content
  • Digestion, absorption and excretion
  • Energy, macronutrients
  • Micronutrients
  • Dietary assessment and recommended intakes
  • Contribution of nutritional deficiencies to disease
  • The effects of disease on nutrition requirements
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the validity and reliability of techniques to assess energy intake.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of nutrients, the metabolism thereof and their role in health.
  3. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding to assess, plan and evaluate evidence-based nutrition guidelines for populations, taking into account all the relevant factors including nutrition science, culture, ethnicity, activity levels and special needs.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s theoretical understanding and appreciation of the integration between physiological and biochemical responses to physical activity. This will include analysis and assessment of testing methods available.
  • It also aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills to translate the principles of Sport and Exercise Nutrition into foods and eating patterns appropriate to client lifestyles.
Module Content
  • Carbohydrate metabolism
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Protein and amino acid metabolism in muscle
  • The regulation of ATP synthesis in skeletal muscle
  • Physiological adaptations to exercise
  • Laboratory techniques and field testing in sport and exercise nutrition
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the varying physiological effects of different exercise intensities.
  2. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding to select relevant laboratory and field-testing techniques for the assessment of health and performance within the scope of practice of a sport and exercise nutrition practitioner.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s practical and theoretical skills essential to designing, delivering and monitoring performance nutrition programs for different sporting modalities. Students will be taught to examine the influence of nutrition on sport and exercise performance and to explore the role of nutritional strategies during the preparation for, participation in and recovery from exercise.
  • It also aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills to translate the principles of Sport and Exercise Nutrition into foods and eating patterns appropriate to the lifestyle of athletes with the aim of optimising performance at training and/or competition.
Module Content
  • Intake prior to training or competition
  • Intake during training or competition
  • Post exercise or training recovery
  • Hydration
  • Metabolic effects, efficacy, health, safety and legal aspects of ergogenic aids
  • Nutritional education of athletes
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically evaluate the theoretical basis for the metabolic effects, efficacy, health, safety and legal aspects of ergogenic aids of all kinds including pharmacologically active agents, sports foods, sports drinks, and supplements.
  2. Formulate an approach to developing individual sports nutrition advice that takes into account the demands of the chosen sport and the individual’s needs and circumstances.
  3. Critically understand behaviour change and theories supporting behaviour change.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s theoretical knowledge of body composition. This includes the process of assessment, recommendations for different sporting modalities and the influence of diet configuration on body weight regulation.
Module Content
  • Body composition and its assessment
  • Body composition and its regulation for health
  • The effect of body Composition on sport performance
  • Enhancing muscle mass
  • Decreasing fat mass
  • The impact of psychological, physiological and health effects of changing body composition on the athlete
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a systematic, extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the physiological, environmental and behavioural factors that influence body composition, with a particular focus on dietary composition and intake (both generalised and individualised), and its impact on health & performance.
  2. Critically evaluate laboratory and field-testing methods used to assess body composition, and demonstrate their appropriate selection and interpretation, informing practice.
Module Aims
  • This module aims to develop the student’s knowledge, interpretation and practical skills essential to sport related nutritional considerations. Students will be taught on various approaches to address relative energy deficiency in sport, the female athlete, the travelling and injured athlete; as well as nutritional support for the disabled, young and ageing athlete. Students will be guided through the approach of weight making sports, e.g. boxing, mixed martial arts, jockeys, etc.
Module Content
  • Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S)
  • Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) - female athlete
  • Travelling athlete
  • The injured athlete
  • Special populations
  • Making weight (boxing, MMA, jockeys etc)
  • Coaching
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically formulate sport and exercise nutrition advice for an individual, taking into account the demands of the chosen sport, the sport related nutrition considerations, and the individuality of the participant.
  2. Critically evaluate and monitor interventions over time implementing appropriate outcome measures and adjusting the nutrition strategy as appropriate.
  3. Analyse, and understand how and when to refer problems (e.g. Medical, nutritional, psychological) outside your area of expertise.

Aims of the module:

  • To prepare students for an independent research-based project by developing skills in selecting, appraising, discriminating, using evidence and appropriate research/investigative methods to address relevant topics for investigation.
Content Summary

Topics may include:

  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review
Learning Outcomes
  • Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  • Select and apply different methodological approaches and tools to answer research questions in your field of practice.

Aims of the module:

  • To formulate the research question that you seek to answer.
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • To develop skills in independent research and study.
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal.
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
  • Secondary data analysis.

Learning outcomes:

  • Design and undertake research and a development project related to sport and exercise nutrition in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  • Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  • Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for both UK and overseas graduates in dietetics, sports science, physiotherapy or similar subjects on a case by case basis. All students must satisfy the University requirements for entry to postgraduate courses, including English language requirements, and in addition, will normally possess an initial degree in a related subject.

Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).

  • Possess a good first degree (i.e. a minimum of a 2.1) in a related subject (in dietetics, sports science, physiotherapy or similar subjects on a case by case basis), awarded by a UK university or overseas equivalent, or be a registered healthcare professional working in a setting where they can apply learning to practice.
  • Provide evidence in a personal statement as to how they can apply learning to a practical setting.
  • Be involved in a setting where they can reflect on practice (e.g. – workplace, voluntary work).
  • Have the ability to communicate their ideas effectively. Basic IT skills (e.g., word-processing, email and Internet) will also be expected.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference
  • English language qualification (IELTS 6 or equivalent)

Teaching Methods

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Module 7 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

This module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in . The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.

Module 8 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a word professional project.

Our dedicated Student Services Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


Online Postgraduate Sport and Exercise Nutrition

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-20 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Students are required to produce the following:

  • A group submission.
  • An individual submission.

Students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

The group is given a specific task to accomplish over the 6 weeks of the module e.g. Develop an appropriate screening method for your clinic. Students are required to write well referenced, scientific reports.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022: £8,880
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2022:

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£830 £830
1st May 2022 £830 £7,970
1st July 2022 £830
1st September 2022 £830
1st November 2022 £830
1st January 2023 £830
1st March 2023 £650
1st May 2023 £650
1st July 2023 £650
1st September 2023 £650
1st November 2023 £650
1st January 2024 £650

Deposits are non-refundable

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