Sports and Exercise Nutrition MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST206

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

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Course code:

HLST206

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

Course code:

HLST206

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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What our alumni say

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Coventry University has not only provided me with the theoretical knowledge required, but more importantly provided me with the opportunity to use this knowledge through the placement module. This combination will give me the tools and experience to apply for the SENr graduate register upon graduation, and start my journey as a performance nutritionist.

Gary Stevens, Sports and Exercise Nutrition 2018/19 

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 upon successful completion 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.

We will cover 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 be encouraged to 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 upon successful completion of this course, 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, previous discussions have included 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.

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Modules

Overview

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

*The University’s accreditation with CMI shall be up for renewal in 2021. Whilst the University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon possible.

Modules

  • Biochemical Basis of Sports and Exercise Nutrition

    The aim of this module is to provide the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the scientific basis for sports nutrition that covers the principles, background and rationale for current nutritional guidelines for sports performance. This module also considers the biochemical and physiological processes occurring in different types of exercise and how these respond to training. The module will also involve critically reviewing the effectiveness and mechanisms of new and developing areas in sports nutrition, for example previous reviews have including looking at the latest or most popular dietary supplements.

  • Sports Nutrition in Practice

    The aim of this module is to undertake applied practice in sports nutrition in the form of a placement (subject to competetive application, availability and meeting requirements. Additional costs may apply). The student will apply to work with an athlete or team in order to provide nutritional support. It will be expected that the student should employ their understanding of the scientific basis for sports nutrition that covers the principles, background and rationale for current nutritional guidelines for sports performance.

  • Sports Nutrition: Applying theory to Practice

    This module focuses on exploring the practical skills associated with sports nutrition and provides a broad coverage of practical issues in sports nutrition. As well as looking at nutrition goals and the dietary strategies that can meet those goals, this module reviews nutritional knowledge, beliefs and behaviours of athletes, and deals with implementation of change and achieving goals in the practical world of sport. The module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the skills required when supporting sporting individuals or teams.

  • Research Skills and Professional Practice

    This module aims to provide a detailed understanding of the complex processes necessary to formulate, develop and test a scientific/clinical hypothesis. Students should apply these to the design of a research experiment in a particular area. The ethos, requirements and legislation surrounding medical research will also be discussed within this module. In addition, personal development planning (PDP) and career planning will also be considered in this module.

  • Entrepreneurship: Media and Nutrition

    This module introduces students to potential opportunities to influence public health nutrition and engage with the public through media and by making an impact in the retail or service industry. It aims to achieve this through using journalism as a channel of communication and by encouraging students to use their entrepreneurial skills to create and bring to life a new business idea.

  • Independent Project

    In this module students carry out an evidence-based investigative task in a specialised area of sport and exercise science. This may be a traditional research study or may be an example of clinical developmental work or development of athlete programmes etc. In either case, students must demonstrate critical evaluation of their results with respect to relevant literature and an ability to analyse and present their data appropriately. Students are expected to demonstrate an ability to work independently and to undertake this work without close supervision. They must also show a high level of organisational skills, practical ability and the ability to interact with other students and module staff and to behave appropriately and professionally with subjects/ clients. 

  • Global Professional Development - Entrepreneurship

    The aim of this module is to give students the opportunity to critically assess entrepreneurship and to consider the range of skills required to become a successful entrepreneur or intrapreneur (someone who is entrepreneurial within a firm).  In doing so, students will have the opportunity to work with students from other disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of entrepreneurship in different sectors and how they can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields.  Entrepreneurship will be studied alongside the theories of strategic leadership so that students have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the different styles of leadership as well as the responsibilities that leadership brings.  Students will explore strategic leadership, leadership styles, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. The module will provide stuudents with the opportunity to engage in wide-ranging debates and problem solving exercises using examples from a range of organisations, small businesses, communities and the third sector. International, cultural and ethical issues will underpin the practical and theoretical developments in the module.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to undertake placements at a range of local professional and amateur sports clubs, as well as the University sports teams*.
    *(subject to competitive application, availability, meeting via requirements, and additional costs may apply).
  • Explore 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.

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

Your main study themes are:

  • Exercise Physiology: Explore 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 have the chance to apply this understanding to critically evaluate training schedules for individuals at differing stages of fitness or competition.
  • Nutrition: Exploration of 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 explored and types of information, finding appropriate information for scientific purposes, and how to use this information. Experimental design, analysis and presentation of data will also be explored

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 provide students with the opportunity to develop 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 give studnets the chance 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework assignments, oral presentations, video presentations, a practical portfolio and a dissertation.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

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.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


What our alumni say

The course and course leaders have increased my education and experience levels to be able to go into the field of work and be able to succeed in the tasks required as a sports nutritionist.

Tom Hill Msc Sports and Exercise Nutrition 2018/19 

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, with no component lower than 5.5. 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, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

What our alumni say

In my opinion, the biggest asset of this course is the support provided by the course tutors. Constant support (face-to-face and e-mail) is offered, with excellent response times. Additionally, the connections the course tutors and university have allow for plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with. 

Gary Stevens, Sports and Exercise Nutrition 2018/19 

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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


UK 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 2020

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£14,700 (per year)


Scholarships

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

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our alumni say

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Coventry University has not only provided me with the theoretical knowledge required, but more importantly provided me with the opportunity to use this knowledge through the placement module. This combination will give me the tools and experience to apply for the SENr graduate register upon graduation, and start my journey as a performance nutritionist.

Gary Stevens, Sports and Exercise Nutrition 2018/19 

Career prospects

As a qualified sport and exercise nutritionist upon successful completion of the course, 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, upon successful completion of the course. 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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our alumni say

The MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Coventry University has not only provided me with the theoretical knowledge required, but more importantly provided me with the opportunity to use this knowledge through the placement module. This combination will give me the tools and experience to apply for the SENr graduate register upon graduation, and start my journey as a performance nutritionist.

Gary Stevens, Sports and Exercise Nutrition 2018/19 
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