About your course
The School of Sport and Exercise Science is home to world-leading research, and this Sport Nutrition Masters programme is taught by academics dedicated to developing scientific research into athlete-centred nutrition and extending our contemporary understanding of exercise metabolism.
- Complete this masters in one year (full time)
- A unique blend of theoretical science and applied skills taught by world leading academics engaged in nutritional consultancy with world leading sports organisations
- Staff currently provide nutrition support to Premiership Football, Super League Rugby League, European Rugby Union, professional golfers, professional jockeys, professional and amateur boxers, Team Sky Cycling, British Ski and Snowboard, Professional and Track Cycling, UK Anti Doping and many more
- Course is accredited by SENr, allowing Graduates direct entry onto the SENr Graduate register
- ISAK body composition qualification
- Applied placement mentored by academic staff engaged in applied consultancy
The experience driven focus of the course has enabled me to obtain an amazing placement with one of the best football clubs on earth which, a year ago, would have seemed impossible. Graeme pushes every one of his students to gain valuable experiences and contacts within the top end of elite sport, laying the foundations to future jobs and PhDs that, to my mind, no other Masters could offer.
Introduction to the School
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate programmes that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
The School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a world-wide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.
Our five taught postgraduate degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition offer excellent career prospects within elite sport, the health sector, education and other areas.
We also offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, where you would be working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups.
In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was either considered world-leading, or as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
The currency of our postgraduate programmes is achieved through the national and international standing and expertise of our academic staff for both research and applied work. The enables us to deliver high quality teaching and supervision to our students, built around research-informed and vocationally-relevant curricula and supported by world leading ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.
A supportive postgraduate community
Our internationally recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the public engagement and promotion of the subject areas with our key external partners makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.
We offer you a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study a sport and exercise science-related postgraduate course. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities. That’s why we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students. We hope that you too will soon be joining our dynamic team of staff, students and researchers.
Why study this course at LJMU?
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. 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.
This programme is aimed at individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in sports science, dietetics, or nutrition and are now looking to build their specific knowledge in sports nutrition. Applications are also invited from those with alternative qualifications, or considerable experience working in sports nutrition. Please see ‘Entry Requirements’ for further details.
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.
Programme outline and structure
The course is fully accredited by SENr, allowing Graduates direct entry onto the SENr Graduate register.
We welcome applications from those who want to dedicate their postgraduate study to the application and advancement of athlete-centred practice and research application. At our world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Science, you will explore a philosophy of critical understanding in fundamental sport nutrition and exercise metabolism which will underpin your applied training modules. Leading-edge research and applied practice are central to our ongoing goals for your professional development.
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 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.
Your tutors have extensive experience of delivering sports nutrition in a range of high level, professional and community sport organisations. These links provide excellent opportunities for research and applied placements where you can explore theory-to-practice links. To boost your employability after completing the course, you will be able to secure professional accreditation with ISAK providing you meet the required entrance qualifications.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Fundamental Sport Nutrition
Covers the basics of sport nutrition, including a critical appraisal of the current thoughts with regards to carbohydrate, fat and protein requirements of athletes. The module involves traditional teaching and problem based learning.
Practical Sport Nutrition
As well as gaining professional accreditations in body composition assessment (ISAK), during this module you will be taught the key practical techniques required to work as a sport nutritionist – including diet analysis, assessment of energy expenditure, reflective practice and much more. The module will involve laboratory practicals, as well as classroom based teaching.
To equip you with the skills to perform an independent research project, fundamental research skills and statistical analysis are taught using practical sessions and problem based learning.
A comprehensive understanding of exercise metabolism is essential to fully understand sport nutrition. This module covers the basics of exercise metabolism, with the role of nutrition clearly embedded in the learning.
Supplements and Drugs in Sport
A sport nutritionist must be able to give accurate and professional advice to athletes with regards to the issues and concerns related to sports supplements. The role of WADA and UKAD will be examined, as well as how to set up safe supplement policies. At the end of the module students are encouraged to sit the free online UKAD anti-doping accreditation which is a requirement of entry onto the SENr register.
All students engage in a 12 week placement provided by the university. Placements can be in high level sporting clubs such as premier league football or premiership rugby and super league rugby clubs, as well as with local sports clubs. Under mentorship from an experienced LJMU tutor, you will be guided through the process and gain hands-on experience working as a sport nutritionist.
All students complete a research project in semester 3. This project can be individual or in small groups and can be on any topic of your choice related to sport nutrition. Some students choose to join current research projects running in the sport nutrition department whilst others prefer to fully design their own project.
How will I be assessed?
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.
A diverse range of assessments modes are used within the programme. These typically include extended essays, practical assessments, oral presentations, case studies, applied placement reports and research presentations.
Staff research interests
The currency of the programme is demonstrated by the exceptional reputation of its academic team and their national and internationally recognised expertise in sports nutrition research and applied work.
The programme will be delivered by:
- Dr Graeme Close (Expert Nutrition Consultant to England Rugby and lead nutritionist to British Ski and Snowboard)
- Dr James Morton (lead nutritionist for Team Sky professional cycling team)
- Dr Julian Louis (lead nutritionist for Liverpool FC)
- Dr Neil Chester (advisor to UK Anti Doping)
plus many other leading academics engaged in sport nutrition consultancy.
All staff teaching on the course are regularly invited to give keynote addresses at national and international conferences and are highly published in sport nutrition and allied fields.
The programme also has close links to national governing bodies and sport nutrition companies. For example:
- The EIS currently support PhD programmes in sports nutrition within the School
- Dr Morton is an adviser for the Football Association and the EIS
- Dr Close works closely with the England Rugby Union, England Rugby League, most Super League Rugby Clubs, the Professional Jockey Association and Team GB Ski and Snowboard
- Dr Neil Chester is an advisor to UK Anti Doping (UKAD)
- Dr Julien Louis has close links with the French Institute of Sport (INSEP)
Furthermore, both Dr Close and Dr Morton have working relationships with several sport nutrition companies, having helped to design specific products for use with their athletes.
This internationally-recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the national development of professional sport nutrition training makes LJMU the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.
Entry requirements (Home)
You would normally be expected to have a good honours degree (i.e. upper second or first class) in Sport Science, Dietetics or Nutrition.
However, applications are also welcomed from students with other relevant degrees and/or considerable applied experience.
Practical applied experience in sports nutrition and/or an obvious desire to pursue a career in sports nutrition is essential.
In addition, international students should hold IELTS English language at a minimum of 6.5 or equivalent.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
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 EIS.
- Graduates have typically secured the following jobs: full time or part time sport nutritionist roles working in professional sports clubs and/or national Institutes of sport, including posts with Manchester United FC, Warrington Wolves, The RFU, The EIS and Team Sky.
- Many Graduates have gone on to further studies, such as a PhD in Sport Nutrition or Exercise Metabolism, including programmes at LJMU, as well as other UK and international universities.
- Graduates also work as self-employed sport nutritionists working with professional and amateur athletes. A former student has set up her own business in the Isle of Man.
What do potential employers say about the course?
"The content of the modules looks comprehensive and will give a good foundation for anyone wanting to progress into a career in sports nutrition".
Ruth Wood-Martin – IRFU
"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
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, improving the health and fitness of the general population.
It must, however, be stressed that the focus of this degree will be working with elite performers and investigating how nutrition can maximize the health, body composition and performance of athletes.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes