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MSc Sport Nutrition

Start date(s):
September
Study mode:
Full-time
Course duration:
1 year

Tuition fees

Home fee
£10,195
International full-time per year
£18,250
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About this course

LJMU's Sport Nutrition MSc is taught by academics dedicated to researching athlete-centred nutrition and extending contemporary understanding of exercise metabolism.

  • Experience a unique blend of theoretical science and applied skills taught by world leading academics engaged in nutritional consultancy with world leading sports organisations
  • Learn from staff who provide nutrition support to Premiership Football, Super League Rugby League, European Rugby Union, professional golfers, professional jockeys, professional and amateur boxers, British Ski and Snowboard, Professional and Track Cycling, UK Anti Doping and many more
  • Study on a course which is accredited by SENr and allows graduates direct entry onto the SENr Graduate register
  • Take an ISAK body composition qualification
  • Undertake an applied placement mentored by academic staff engaged in applied consultancy

The Sports Nutrition MSc at LJMU opens up a world of scientific innovation, research and the related application of specially designed nutritional support that can help sportspeople to overcome setbacks and achieve their goals.

To be a successful Sport Nutritionist we believe it is essential to study and understand classical and contemporary exercise metabolism research, and then translate this information into athlete-centered nutrition advice.

On this Masters course you will learn to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations, and you will ultimately contribute to the essential support framework demanded by the sport industry for success. The programme opens up a world of scientific innovation, research and the related application of specially designed nutritional support that can help sportspeople to overcome setbacks and achieve their goals.

On successful completion of the course, you will understand how to deal with complex issues within nutrition, both systematically and creatively, and make sound judgements in the absence of incomplete data. You will also develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

The integrated and critical nature of the programme promotes qualities and skills relevant to employability within the sports nutrition field. The degree is ideal for individuals looking to work as Sports Nutritionists with national governing bodies such as the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Many graduates from this programme have gone on to work as Sport Nutritionists in professional sports clubs and/or national Institutes of sport including Manchester United FC, Warrington Wolves, The RFU, The EIS and Team Sky. Some have gone on to further studies, e.g. a PhD in Sport Nutrition or Exercise Metabolism. Graduates also work as self-employed Sport Nutritionists for professional and amateur athletes.

Although most graduates pursue accreditation with SENr and seek work in the field of sport nutrition, the degree is also ideally suited for Strength and Conditioning Practitioners who are looking to increase their knowledge and applied skills in nutrition, as well as those interested in using exercise nutrition to improve the health of the general public. The theoretical basis of the course will also be ideal if you wish to pursue further academic studies and move to a PhD in nutrition or exercise biochemistry. The translational skills taught on the course are applicable to working in the community and improving the health and fitness of the general population. The main focus of the programme, however, is on working with elite performers and investigating how nutrition can maximise the health, body composition and performance of athletes.

"Graeme and his team have developed an outstanding Masters degree which has a great balance between academia and applied practice. I have no doubt that students completing this degree will leave the programme with all of the skills required to deliver sports nutrition support to elite athletes and I would therefore give this degree my full support.

Richard Hunwicks Lead S&C Salford Red Devils

The student experience

Discover life as a postgraduate student at LJMU.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules, a research project and an applied placement, as detailed below. 

Core modules

Research Methods
20 credits

This module of study is available to provide mastery and expertise in quantitative research strategies, methods and techniques, specifically focussed on quantitative data so that students can undertake postgraduate research. The module aims to encourage critical understanding of how quantitative data should be handled and analysed using a variety of approaches. The module will provide the opportunity to develop critical analysis of statistical concepts and procedures, train them to use statistical analysis software and extend their knowledge of the experimental and research design process.

This module is fundamental to the analysis of quantitative data. It is expected that students develop the data handling and analysis skills that they will directly use in their MSc project.

Research Project
60 credits

This module will develop and extend your knowledge and practical experience of the research process and the use of advanced research skills. This will involve a critical analysis of the methodology and results of research and the assimilation of a research project that demonstrates the ability to plan, design and conduct a piece of independent research within a discipline of Sport and Exercise Science.

Fundamental Sports Nutrition
20 credits

This module is designed to lay the foundations on which the rest of the course will be based. The aim of this module is to develop a comprehensive baseline understanding of fundamental sports nutrition. Classical and contemporary literature will be studied, and critically evaluated in engaging and thought provoking lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals.

Practical Sports Nutrition
20 credits

This module is designed to equip you with the practical skills essential to work as a Sports Nutritionist. It covers key skills such as interview techniques, assessment of energy intake and expenditure and the assessment of body fat (aligned to ISAK standards). It will then look at how these techniques are implemented in a variety of sporting contexts. The aim of the module is to provide practical training in the hands-on skills that are required for a career in sports nutrition.

Exercise Metabolism
20 credits

This module aims to increase your understanding of the regulation of the metabolic processes by which muscles are provided with energy during exercise as well as examining the molecular mechanisms underpinning muscle adaptation to training, disuse and metabolic disease.

Supplements and Drugs in Sport
20 credits

This module will look at the most common supplements, the mechanisms of action, evidence for and against their use and the safety of the supplements.The module aims to develop your critical understanding of the use of performance enhancing drugs and supplements in sport.

Applied Placement
20 credits

Having been taught fundamental Sports Nutrition in semester 1, as well as completing the practical skills module, you will now undergo a nine week placement to practice and develop these skills. The aim of the placement is to allow you to gain hands on experience in working as a Sports Nutritionist.

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

Students will have approximately two hours per module per week of taught material and/or seminar work. This may be supplemented by reflective tutorials during the semester (up to four hours per week). Private study will cover both time spent studying (e.g. in the library), collecting data in the laboratory and completing directed tasks and coursework. Taught sessions will provide an orientation to the topic and opportunity for classroom discussion and debate. You will also be expected to read widely using primary sources of reference material.

Teaching methods

Our team of world-leading academics carefully design course delivery and assessment around their leading edge research to ensure that your learning experience is based on the latest information and relevant to effective practice in Sport Nutrition.

The programme strategy is based on a low student : staff ratio that allows a close level of academic and pastoral support within a friendly and informal atmosphere. Teaching takes place in small groups and draws upon the world-class facilities in our award-winning Tom Reilly Building. You will benefit from links with the sporting industry that are fully integrated in the work we do with sporting professionals, teams and related businesses.

Applied learning

Each student undertakes a 12 week applied placement mentored by academic staff engaged in applied consultancy.  

Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme.

Assessment methods on this course include: extended essays, practical assessments, oral presentations, case studies, applied placement reports and research presentations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

My role at LJMU is very diverse and I particularly enjoy the range of activities I can get involved in, from teaching and testing in the labs through to working with elite athletes and coaching staff.

Where you will study

What you can expect from your School

This programme is taught in the City Campus. LJMU has invested £35 million in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. All of our labs are furnished with the latest equipment which enables us to work with our students and partners to enhance our understanding of the science behind human performance and behaviour.

Entry requirements

You will need:

Qualification requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • a minimum 2:1 in Sport Science, Dietetics or Nutrition.

or

  • another relevant degree and/or considerable applied experience.

Additional requirements

  • Relevant work experience

    • practical applied experience in sports nutrition and/or an obvious desire to pursue a career in sports nutrition

International requirements

  • IELTS

    • IELTS score 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)

  • Other international requirements

    • International students should check if they require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
  • RPL

    • RPL is accepted on this programme

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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