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MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sports Studies Nutrition Personal Fitness

Course type


Course Summary


Sports nutrition is developing rapidly, as its importance is pivotal to supporting athletic performance. The programme will give you an in-depth understanding of the science in sports and exercise nutrition, allowing you to drive forwards your own interests through research and practice, with an emphasis on applying scientific analysis in clinical settings.

Sport and Exercise nutrition is a discipline that combines physiology, metabolism, biochemistry, and nutrition. This programme balances theory and research with practical applications to help you develop your expertise.

The programme draws upon our excellent postgraduate Sport and Exercise and Clinical Nutrition programmes. Your modules will give you an understanding of topics that are at the cutting edge of sports and exercise nutrition. This includes the psychology of physical activity where you’ll explore the physical and psychological impact of the lack of exercise and how to change these behaviours, advanced laboratory skills, as well as a comprehensive understanding of research methods, for you to apply to your own research project.

You will learn the essential foundations of human metabolism and physiology and how you can alter an athlete’s health and performance through exercise and nutrition interventions. Across a mixture of lectures, seminars, and practical laboratory sessions you will understand how to implement performance nutrition and ways to treat and prevent injury and disease. You will explore the links between exercise and energy expenditure, the role of supplements on exercise performance, how exercise can improve mental health, and the limitations to exercise performance.

The programme has a strong focus on developing skills to help you in future employment in this field. By the end of your postgraduate degree, you will be able to make informed decisions in the practice of sport and exercise nutrition based upon a sound scientific rationale, to aid you in pursuing a career in both research and applied sport and exercise nutrition.

Career Options

The specialist modules and core skills on this course will prepare you for several different career pathways.

These include working in elite and professional sport, in sports clubs and gyms, as a specialist in public health nutrition or food and nutrition companies, or working as a self-employed specialist consultant, as well as undertaking further research at doctoral level. The programme also equips graduates with the transferable and analytical skills for a diverse range of careers outside of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


This module will equip students with a comprehensive understanding of research methods enabling them to select the appropriate research design for an original research project. Students will develop a critical awareness of the principles and practice of qualitative and quantitative approaches and techniques before focusing on the in-depth study of methods used within their chosen field of research. Students will learn the appropriate approaches to the management of ethical dilemmas within research. Students will be guided on the development of their research proposal that will form the foundation of their dissertation. In addition, students are invited to attend the Sport Science Seminars Series to frame their understanding of current sport-related research.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a 2:2 or higher Bachelor degree in Sport Science Studies, Nutrition or dietetic, human and medical science or a related science-based degree. Candidates offering appropriate experiential knowledge and skills may also be considered.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a history dating back over 175 years. Its oldest college, Whitelands, was the first in the UK to offer higher education to women. And today, the university as a whole offers outstanding teaching and research opportunities to anyone looking for a postgraduate...more