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.
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.
Why choose this course?
Experts in sport and exercise nutrition translate the latest scientific research into practical, evidence-based advice for competitive and recreational athletes, as well as groups and individuals wanting to improve their health, lose weight, recover from injury or become more active.
Incorporating up-to-date research and contemporary practice, this course aims to prepare you for broad range of careers – from clinical practice assessing professional sports teams to work as a dietitian for clients with specific nutritional issues.
Based in our multimillion pound, state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building, you can take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, including indoor running track and extensive exercise science laboratories. You’ll gain hands-on experience of some of the equipment and techniques used in professional sports and health environments.
The course seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and practical experience of the effect of and interactions between diet, exercise and health. We provide opportunities to work with University and local sports teams, as well as recreational athletes seeking personalised nutrition advice.
Our teaching team has a broad range of academic and professional experience, many of whom have worked with a range of health initiatives, professional athletes and clubs. You will also learn about our own latest research findings from the Centre for Research in Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences.
Master’s study will also give you the opportunity to gain important experience and skills in research, which will help you to understand and evaluate future developments.
International experience opportunities
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.
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.