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Applied Sports Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Distance learning available


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1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

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Explore nutrition and human potential with our specialist Sports Nutrition MSc

Explore nutrition and influence athletic performance with our flexible Sports Nutrition MSc. You will take specialist modules and develop applied skills while covering topics like:

  • metabolism
  • special sporting populations
  • advising athletes on sports nutrition
  • anthropometry and body composition management.

You will also enhance your employability, as we are accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENR).

International reputation

We are internationally celebrated for our sport-related degrees. You will access a comprehensive sport development programme and specialist facilities, such as our:

Learn from experts

Your lecturers are sports nutrition practitioners and academics, providing you with an effective mix of theory and skill. You will also hear from guest speakers to navigate the industry’s latest debates.

Our student, Deborah, tells us that “teaching is thorough and comprehensive” and “all tutors are friendly and approachable, [leading] to some exhilarating discussions and debates”.

Flexible timetable

Our uniquely flexible timetable allows you to study around your commitments. Therefore, our postgraduate Sports Nutrition degree enables you to have a good work/life balance.

Work placements: build professional experience

You can complete a work placement to build your practical skills and network (subject to student numbers).

Sports Nutrition Education Network

The Sports Nutrition Education Network (SNEN), is a joint initiative by St Mary’s University and the University of Westminster, supporting students aspiring to become Sports Nutritionists. The SNEN is designed to enhance your technical and applied knowledge, but also to help you understand the opportunities that are out there, learn from the experience of others, and to build a network in the industry through a series of long and short form podcasts, research deep dives, and Q&As.


Dr James Fleming

Course Lead - Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert

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Course content


Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

A first degree in a related field is required.


Previous degree

Additional requirement information

Related fields include: Nutrition, Dietetics, Sports Science, Sports and Exercise Physiology, Sports Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Sports Coaching and Strength and Conditioning.

Relevant and appropriate experience will be considered. All applicants are expected to demonstrate interest, enthusiasm and continuous professional development in the field of sports nutrition.


International Requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Fees & funding

September 2024





Funding Information

A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required for Home/EU students to confirm their place.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.


You can check on the UK government website to see if you may be eligible for a loan of up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate programme.

Home and international students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. International students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

For more information, please look at our postgraduate funding page.

How the degree is taught

Assessment methods

Assessments will include a variety of formative and summative techniques, through the combination of assessment of work based learning and other more traditional means of assessment.

This includes coursework such as oral presentations, essays, production of media based articles, and development of professional skill tools, portfolios and case studies. Where possible the assessments will reflect the type of work which the student will undertake once they successfully complete the course.

Career opportunities

With our Sports Nutrition MSc, you will develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, collaboration, and effective problem-solving.

Previous students currently work within sports nutrition, high-performance sport, and academia at:

  • Welsh Institute of Sport
  • Leinster Rugby
  • Birmingham City Football Club
  • higher education institutions
  • private nutrition consultancy companies.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on jobs and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Applied Sports Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert include:

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September 2024

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