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Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGC611
Start
October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
Duration
1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,200 (UK/EU) *
£14,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Christopher Curtis

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below.

The performance nutrition industry is booming as recreational competitive sport grows increasingly popular, and there has never been a better time to specialise as a sports nutritionist.

Euromonitor report that the UK sports nutrition industry grew by 16 per cent in 2013 and annual growth of nine per cent is forecast until 2018, with product sales alone expected to reach £471 million.

Why study MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition* at Middlesex University?

Our masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition was written in consultation with industry-leading experts and employers including the English Institute of Sport (EIS) to maximise the value of the degree to potential employers in elite and professional sport.

Students of the course meet the eligibility criteria for graduate registration with the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) - the leading professional body for performance nutritionists both in the UK and globally.

The course focuses on professional practice and is underpinned by solid scientific and technical foundations. Work placements and practical training are integrated into the course, equipping you with significant experience in a professional setting.

You will learn from some of the UK's most experienced sports nutritionists and study in our industry-standard facilities at Barnet Copthall Stadium, home of Saracens Rugby Club, where we regularly treat elite athletes and sports teams. (Access will be dependent on social distancing requirements due to Covid-19.) This means that the course runs alongside our other postgraduate sport degrees and students can work together to develop their skills as part of a multi-disciplinary team of specialists.

The course enables you to:

  • Become eligible to apply for graduate registration with the UK Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
  • Develop your professional skills and practical experience in our cutting-edge sport science labs (access to specialist facilities may be restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, but alternative methods of learning will be available).
  • Study the advanced science behind performance nutrition.
  • Undertake an industry placement as part of your studies, either at your current workplace or somewhere we will help you find. (Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the availability of placement may be restricted or affected by social distancing requirements.)
  • Make the most of our links by working with professional sports teams
  • Course Leader Christopher Curtis has more than 8 years' experience working with Premier League football and professional rugby teams.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

*Please note this course is subject to review.


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What will you study on MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

The MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree is made up of five individual modules designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in the rapidly growing field of performance nutrition as a SENr registered practitioner.

Two 30-credit modules in the Theory of Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Applied Sport Nutrition lay the scientific foundations for the rest of the course and are followed by one 30-credit module which develop your professional skills and experience. A research methods module then prepares you with the techniques required to undertake your major research project, a 60-credit dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Full-time students will complete the programme in one year, while part-time students will complete all but the major project in their first year, with the second year spent on research methods and writing their dissertation.

Modules

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s information on these updates below.

  • Modules - changes for students in 2020

    • Sports Nutrition (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your theoretical understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to exercise. You will critically analyse and interpret physiological results from testing procedures. You will also critique and apply methodologies of nutritional status of individuals and assess the derivation and use of energy, macronutrients and micronutrients. This module, along with previously studied modules, will prepare you through the optional certification requirements of relevant professional bodies such as the UK Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

    • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your practical and theoretical skills essential to designing, delivering and monitoring athletic programmes and optimising sport performance and recovery with devising individualised nutritional support programmes. You will be taught to examine the influence of nutrition on sporting performance and to explore the role of nutritional strategies during the preparation for, participation in, and recovery from sport competition. The module, along with previously studied modules, will help prepare you through the certification requirements of relevant professional bodies such as the UK Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

    • Professional Placement Module (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the student's ability to apply and see the application of knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

      Should it be impossible to undertake placement due to the coronavirus, students will work towards a reflective essay aided by discussion with the mentor and theoretical learning materials which will be available on MyLearning.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The Research Methods module provides a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into topics areas related to sport and exercise nutrition, and enables you to apply this knowledge when planning a research proposal. The module affords opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in your specialist area. You will learn in groups and explore philosophical, ethical and methodological differences which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation, while interprofessional workshops allow you to develop a research proposal, consider its adequacy and limitations, and justify the approach taken.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      Throughout the dissertation module you will be supported while undertaking research with a focus appropriate to your area of interest, potentially building upon the research proposal formulated in the Research Methods module. The module creates a peer learning community for students, enabling you to provide guidance and to critically support one another on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up in the research process – in addition to that provided by your supervisor.

  • Modules – typical course content

    • Sports Nutrition (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module will develop your theoretical understanding of the physiological and biochemical responses to exercise. You will critically analyse and interpret physiological results from testing procedures. You will also critique and apply methodologies of nutritional status of individuals and assess the derivation and use of energy, macronutrients and micronutrients. This module, along with previously studied modules, will prepare you through the optional certification requirements of relevant professional bodies such as the UK Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

    • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your practical and theoretical skills essential to designing, delivering and monitoring athletic programmes and optimising sport performance and recovery with devising individualised nutritional support programmes. You will be taught to examine the influence of nutrition on sporting performance and to explore the role of nutritional strategies during the preparation for, participation in, and recovery from sport competition. The module, along with previously studied modules, will help prepare you through the certification requirements of relevant professional bodies such as the UK Sports & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

    • Professional Placement Module (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop the student's ability to apply and see the application of knowledge gained from other modules in relation to a real work scenario. You will be required to adopt a reflective and critical approach to your working practice and to promote a problem-solving approach in a work environment.

    • Research Methods (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      The Research Methods module provides a critical overview of the main methods and approaches used for research into topics areas related to sport and exercise nutrition, and enables you to apply this knowledge when planning a research proposal. The module affords opportunities to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of published work in your specialist area. You will learn in groups and explore philosophical, ethical and methodological differences which underpin various approaches to knowledge generation, while interprofessional workshops allow you to develop a research proposal, consider its adequacy and limitations, and justify the approach taken.

    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory

      Throughout the dissertation module you will be supported while undertaking research with a focus appropriate to your area of interest, potentially building upon the research proposal formulated in the Research Methods module. The module creates a peer learning community for students, enabling you to provide guidance and to critically support one another on matters of ethical application, research methods, data collection, analysis and writing-up in the research process – in addition to that provided by your supervisor.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module,  or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

How is MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition taught?

You will gain knowledge, understanding and practical skills through on line or on campus attendance at lectures, participatory seminars, small group discussions, directed learning, laboratory and practical sessions (where possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic).

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including seminar presentations, written assignments, laboratory reports, unseen examinations and practical demonstrations, either on line or on campus.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with larger lectures delivered online and available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes, the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

3 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

6.5 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

3 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

1.5 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

6.5 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

3 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

6 hours

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition support your career?

Whether you have experience as a sport and exercise scientist, strength and conditioning practitioner, personal trainer, nutritionist, dietician, physiotherapist, or you have recently graduated from an undergraduate degree in one of these areas – you will already have a range of career options available to you.

This postgraduate course has been written in consultation with leading industry experts such as the English Institute of Sport so is designed to equip you with the skills and experience desired by potential employers in the specific field of performance nutrition.

At the end of the degree you will have completed 150 hours of professional practice and have the necessary knowledge and experience to apply to the graduate SENr  – a qualification which will enable you to take the next step in your career.

You will be well placed to work in elite and professional sport, for national and international sports teams and organisations. Numerous private gyms, consultancies and other sport and exercise organisations also demand the expertise of specialist nutritionists, and there is significant space to work as a self-employed nutritional consultant.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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