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Sports and Exercise Nutrition MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST158

Study options:

1 year full-time
2-3 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Over the past decade, the impact of nutrition and exercise in optimising athletic performance and recovery from injury has become increasingly clear and there has been a growing demand for highly trained specialists in this field.

This exciting new Master’s aims to foster an evidence-based approach to understanding the science and application of sports nutrition and exercise for a diverse range of individuals to improve their health, fitness or sporting performance. It will appeal to dietitians, nutritionists and sport and exercise science graduates.

It is also one of the few courses in the Midlands which allow you to demonstrate the academic competencies outlined in the Sports and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr), the national register for qualified sport and exercise nutritionists.

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Why Coventry University?

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Course information

This multidisciplinary course draws together a broad range of biosciences subject matter within the areas of sport, exercise physiology, health and nutrition.

Content has been designed to develop your appreciation of the human body and its functions, together with nutrition science and its role in promoting human health so that you can apply this knowledge to develop appropriate dietary advice and exercise programmes.

We will consider the components of fitness, including nutritional requirements, energy expenditure, body mass and body composition, examining some of the common problems associated with general health and wellbeing, diet and nutrition, exercise and sport performance. These include diets, hydration and supplements, for example.

Covering how to scientifically measure nutritional requirements and dietary allowances of macronutrients, micronutrients and other metabolically active components of food such as fibre. We also consider the negative effects of things like food additives, tannins or drugs and how ethnic and culture may affect practical advice on foods, meals and menus.

As well as subject-specific knowledge, we will encourage a critical, analytical and flexible approach to problem-solving in sport and exercise nutrition. You will systematically and creatively explore complex issues, such as physical activity, nutrition and obesity, and elite physiological support through a variety of case studies, laboratory sessions and group work.

Our aim is to effectively prepare you for professional employment, so we focus on providing enhanced practical and professional skills through a combination of lectures, laboratory and field sessions and case studies. The nature of the course also enables topical aspects to be discussed, for example, the latest popular supplement for sports people or fad diet.

You are also required to complete in-depth research study in the area of sport and exercise science, so will receive training in research methods, including data analysis in both research and applied practice.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to undertake placements at a range of local professional and amateur sports clubs, as well as the University sports teams.
  • Coventry University is ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of Sports Science education and research in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • Learn about the latest issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise nutrition through case studies and exposure to the applied environment.
  • We have experts in sport and exercise psychology, physiology, exercise and health, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and nutrition, many conducting ongoing research and consultancy.
  • Access to industry-standard software, including those for assessing dietary analysis and energy expenditure and specialist equipment, including kitchens, an environmental chamber and a range of ergometers and metabolic carts.
  • Successful completion provides eligibility to apply as graduates to the Sports and Nutrition Register (SENr), a collaboration between the British Dietetic Association, the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and The Nutrition Society.  

Regular expert guest lecturers, which in the past included public health, obesity and sport performance.

Regular expert guest lecturers, which in the past included public health, obesity and sport performance.

Your main study themes are:

  • Exercise Physiology: How the body adapts and responds to exercise and strength training. We will examine exercise in different populations, using appropriate physiological assessment techniques to differentiate between acute reactions occurring during exercise and late onset adaptations that occur with training. You will then apply this understanding to critically evaluate training schedules for individuals at differing stages of fitness or competition.

  • Nutrition: The science of nutrition and the use of dietary strategies to enhance sport and exercise performance. 

  • Research Skills: Key aspects of scientific method will be developed. Types of information, finding appropriate information for scientific purposes, and how to use this information. Experimental design, analysis and presentation of data.

The course can be studied full-time over a year and part-time over two years.

The course employs a blended learning approach, designed to maximise students’ opportunities to balance study with other commitments. The taught delivery will be over two days per week, Wednesday and Thursday. Teaching takes the form of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory/therapy classes, problem-based learning and directed self-learning. These sessions are accompanied by associated online delivery, such as online lectures, online problem-based learning, and discussion boards.

The lecture courses are intended to provide the framework of ideas and subject matter of the syllabus. Tutorials are used for small group discussion and are opportunities both for discussing and overcoming difficulties and for problem-solving exercises undertaken either during or prior to the tutorial period. Tutorials are also used to develop students’ oral communication skills.

Online problem based learning will be used to allow students to work collaboratively on a series of problem scenarios in order to construct their own understanding of a particular topic/issue. In the past, this has ranged from increasing the levels of physical activity in obese individuals to performance testing of elite cyclists.

Practical work is intended to develop experimental/practical techniques and the ability to make accurate observations and assess errors. This includes performance and fitness testing, body composition assessment and physical activity monitoring.

Achievement of learning outcomes in the modules is assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, oral presentations, video presentations, a practical portfolio and a dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 50%
  • Presentation: 40%
  • Practical portfolio: 10%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

50% assessed by coursework

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The underpinning principal conceptual and theoretical issues in sport and exercise nutrition.
  • Key anthropometric, physiological and nutritional assessments.
  • The physiology of exercise and principles used to construct training programmes, physical activity, nutrition and obesity and research skills.
  • The structure, regulation and organisation of sporting agencies.


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse, evaluate and interpret knowledge and practice in sport and exercise nutrition.
  • Formulate and present a critical argument using a variety of methods (eg. presentation, essay) that would stand up to critical review and scrutiny in academic and professional settings.
  • Exhibit the skills of critical reasoning in relation to application of sports nutrition.
  • Critically analyse key nutritional, anthropometric and physiological assessments.
  • Reflect on the role and responsibilities of the sports nutrition expert.
  • Interpret training programmes.
  • Utilise and show evidence of reflective practice.
  • Carry out appropriate anthropometrical, nutritional and physiological assessments.
  • Devise suitable nutritional goals for sports men and women.
  • Design personalised meals plans that will meet an individual’s nutritional goals.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 7 hours per week
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of skills workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week eg. working on course assignments.

Throughout the world, there have been tremendous advances over the last decade in the knowledge of sport and exercise nutrition and its application. Athletes at all levels are looking at the role nutrition plays in optimising training, recovery and performance. Similarly, international health organisations and governments are becoming increasingly aware of the positive effects exercise and nutrition can have on general health and wellbeing – anything from cancer and cardiovascular health to obesity and psychological health.

Connections and collaborations are being sought with institutions overseas through staff contacts, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) and their Online International Learning (OIL) programme.

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In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Dietetics, Human Nutrition or Sport Science which include a module on Physiology. Students must have studied and passed a level 3 module on nutrition.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate interest, enthusiasm and continuous professional development - ideally in the field of sports nutrition.

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Dietetics, Human Nutrition or Sport Science which include a module on Physiology. Students must have studied and passed a level 3 module on nutrition.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate interest, enthusiasm and continuous professional development - ideally in the field of sports nutrition.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold the equivalent of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Dietetics, Human Nutrition or Sport Science which include a module on Physiology. Students must have studied and passed a level 3 module on nutrition.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate interest, enthusiasm and continuous professional development - ideally in the field of sports nutrition.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


January 2019

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,350 (per year)


January 2019

£13,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

As a qualified sport and exercise nutritionist, you should be able to find employment in range of different areas – within academia, the sport and fitness industry or public health nutrition.

Increasingly professional in their approach, many sports clubs are now seeking the advice of nutrition consultants to assist with their performance training and rehabilitation. You could find yourself developing nutrition programmes for professional teams and elite athletes.

However, sports nutrition is a rapidly developing area in personal training and community based physical activity interventions. With public health high on the government’s agenda, there is also a growing demand for graduates who can provide guidance on exercise and lifestyle within doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and private practice, as well as research roles within governing bodies.

Our programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate specialist academic and transferrable skills, such as good communication, problem-solving, critical analysis and the ability to work independently to a high standard. The course's strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level or undertaking research.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.