Sports and Exercise Nutrition MSc 2022/23 entry

Course code:

HLST206

Study options:

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

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

September 2022

 

Fees:

2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £10,400

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Faculty:

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Course code:

HLST206

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

September 2022

 

Fees:

2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £16,600

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

The content of this course for September 2022 entry is still being updated.
The information on these pages relates to September 2021 entry and is for guidance only. Please revisit this course page for updated information.

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 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 allows 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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

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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 and exercise physiology, health and nutrition.

The 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. You 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, for example hydration and supplements. You will also cover how to scientifically measure nutritional requirements and dietary allowances of macronutrients, micronutrients and other components of food such as fibre. You will also look at how ethnicity 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

Modules

  • Biochemical Basis of Sports and Exercise Nutrition

    The aim of this module is to provide you with 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. You will also consider the biochemical and physiological processes occurring in different types of exercise and how these respond to training. You will review the effectiveness and mechanisms of new and developing areas in sports nutrition, for example previous reviews have included looking at the latest or most popular dietary supplements.

  • Sports Nutrition in Practice

    The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake applied practice in sports nutrition in the form of a placement – the time commitment is intended to be 100 hours. This can be sourced either through the university or by the student, providing that the intended learning outcomes can be achieved (subject to competetive application, availability and meeting requirements. Additional costs may apply). You will apply to work with an athlete or team in order to provide nutritional support. It will be expected that you will employ your 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

    In this module you will focus on exploring the practical skills associated with sports nutrition and investigating practical issues in sports nutrition. As well as looking at nutrition goals and the dietary strategies that can meet those goals, you will review nutritional knowledge, beliefs and behaviours of athletes, and deal with the implementation of change and achieving goals in the practical world of sport. The module will provide you 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 you with a detailed understanding of the complex processes necessary to formulate, develop and test a scientific/clinical hypothesis. You will then apply these to the design of a research experiment in a particular area. You will also discuss the ethos, requirements and legislation surrounding medical research and consider personal development planning (PDP) and career planning.

  • Entrepreneurship: Media and Nutrition

    This module introduces you 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 you to use your entrepreneurial skills to create and bring to life a new business idea.

  • Independent Project

    In this module you 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. In either case, you will demonstrate critical evaluation of your results with respect to relevant literature and an ability to analyse and present your data appropriately.

  • Global Professional Development - Entrepreneurship

    The aim of this module is to give you 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, you will have the opportunity to work with students from other disciplines to facilitate an appreciation of entrepreneurship in different sectors and how you can learn and adopt or adapt solutions from other fields. 

    Entrepreneurship will be studied alongside the theories of strategic leadership so that you have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the different styles of leadership as well as the responsibilities that leadership brings. You will explore strategic leadership, leadership styles, entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. The module will provide you 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 (staff may be subject to change).
  • 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 a graduate 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 (subject to additional costs).
  • Regular expert guest lecturers (subject to availability), which in the past have 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 including 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 employs a blended learning approach, designed to maximise your opportunities to balance study with other commitments. The taught delivery will normally be over two days per week. 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 lectures 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 you with the opportunity to develop oral communication skills.

Online problem-based learning will be used to allow you to work collaboratively on a series of problem scenarios in order to give you the chance to construct your 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 your skills in 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.

The course can be studied full-time over a year and part-time over two to three years. The course is currently available for part-time study for students from the UK and EU only. Please note that due to the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union that the option for part-time study may be subject to change. We encourage EU students to check our website for updates on this over the coming months.

Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please contact the course director for more information about studying this course part-time.

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 successful completion of this course, 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 successful completion of this course, 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 presentations, essays) 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.
  • 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, which may include personal tutorials/small group teaching, skills workshops, seminars and lectures.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, we may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended or distance learning), we may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week e.g. 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 Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) programme (which may be subject to application and availaiblity).

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.

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.

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit in the coming years, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance amongst other things. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force from time to time.

 

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.

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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.

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Fee


September 2022

2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £10,400 (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.

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Fee


September 2022

2022/23 fees TBC*
2021/22 fees - £16,600 (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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment or materials.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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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By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2021/22 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.