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Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc

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October 2020
EU/INT induction: September 2020
1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time
£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 for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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. 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
  • Study the advanced science behind performance nutrition
  • Undertake an industry placement as part of your studies, either at your current workplace or somewhere we help you find
  • 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

    • 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.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. 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 attending lectures, participatory seminars, small group discussions, directed learning, laboratory and practical sessions.

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

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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.

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