Examine the science of the effects of nutrition on athletic performance. Use industry-standard technology as you develop your expertise in health science, exercise psychology, and sports and exercise nutrition.
Through industry-specific modules, you’ll work towards meeting the professional standards expected of an applied sport and exercise nutritionist. This means you’ll develop high-quality practical skills and strong scientific knowledge. The course is taught in line with the guidelines set by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), which sets the standards for all practitioners in the field.
Your first year will give you a good understanding of the industry, introducing you to popular subjects including sports nutrition, exercise physiology, and strength and conditioning. You’ll develop your skills in our outstanding sports facilities, including our gyms and human performance and biomechanics labs, gaining hands-on experience with recreational and performance athletes across a range of sports. You’ll use our sports nutrition kitchen and observe the effects of diet and dietary components on athletic performance, as well as how exercise can affect the body’s metabolism and its requirement for nutrients.
In year two, you’ll gain further practical experience as you tailor your learning to suit your interest and career goals. You’ll be able to delve deeper into subjects that inspired you in your first year, using a variety of equipment and dietary software in our laboratories to prepare you to progress into your sports nutrition career. Immerse yourself in more specialist areas as you progress into your third year, examining the specific needs of elite athletes within our Sports Academy teams and as individuals. The role of nutrition in community and participation sports is also important, so you’ll have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the nutritional requirements for specific populations including female athletes, children, adolescents and vegetarians. You’ll graduate with quality practical skills and scientific knowledge, ready to hit the ground running in your career.
You’ll have many opportunities to work with student athletes in a range of sporting disciplines including rugby, football, equestrianism, netball, modern pentathlon, rowing and golf. You’ll benefit from our links with the sporting industry as part of the work we do with local sporting professionals, teams and businesses. There’s also the option to undertake an integrated placement year, giving you vital industry experience and the opportunity to make useful contacts ready for your career.
This course is ideal for those who...
Are fascinated by sports nutrition and would like to work with recreational and elite athletes to improve sport and exercise performance.
This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study.
Learning and assessment
You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.
- Sports or performance nutritionist
- Roles within professional or amateur sport and with national governing bodies
- Working with the NHS, supporting GP referral schemes and other healthy living programmes
- Postgraduate study
Is there an integrated placement year option?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)