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Over the past decade, the impact that nutrition has on athletic performance has become increasingly clear.

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Why study Applied Sports Nutrition?

Postgraduate study in Applied Sports Nutrition will not only upgrade your academic and professional skills, but allow you to practice skills and competencies needed to work as a sports nutrition practitioner.

There is currently a high demand for specialisation in the field of applied sports and exercise nutrition. This high demand has partly been driven by employers seeking nutritionists who work within sport to have a higher specialist degree, the continued professional development requirements from professional bodies and be on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Why St Mary's?

Our Master's degree in Applied Sports Nutrition is delivered by an effective mix of experienced sports nutrition practitioners and academics, ensuring practical skills and competencies are enhanced.

The course is accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) as one of their approved programmes and facilitates the preparation of those wanting to join the Register.

Practical experience opportunities are encouraged throughout the degree. The unique weekend and block-week timetable at St Mary’s means students can organise study around their personal schedule of work and leisure. This allows students to have a good work/life balance whilst undertaking this course.

The University is arguably one of London's top performing sports institutions, providing a comprehensive sports development programme that focuses on performance sport, coaching, events and recreational opportunities.

Teaching methods

All modules will consist of 3 x 3 day weekends (Friday-Sunday). In addition formative coursework and directed student learning will be an important component of this Course. Students will be required to complete three core modules. Module guides will provide further guidance on relevant and recent publications.

Each module will be supported by an electronic learning site containing resources, distance learning materials, learning forums and feedback areas. This electronic learning site is considered to be an important component of course delivery and will help to foster a cohesive and scholarly community among students whose attendance at St Mary’s University will be infrequent.

The MSc in Applied Sports Nutrition is achieved through the completion of 180 credits: 120 from the taught modules (see below) and a further 60 credits for the dissertation. Upon successfully completion of SNU7014, students will receive a certificate from the Chartered Management Institute and St Mary's, stating the completion of a recognised management programme.

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.

Key facts

  • Course accredited with the Sport & Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr)
  • Industry-relevant placements available (subject to student numbers)
  • Course structure means that studies can be fitted around work commitments
  • Guest speakers from academia and industry compliment course content
  • Online resources available

Course content


  • Advanced Anthropometry (20 credits) - Intensive Week Block 
  • Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits) 
  • Physiology and Metabolism of Exercise( 20 credits) 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Sports Nutrition 
  • Principles of Human Nutrition (20 credits) 
  • Research Methods & Statistics (20 credits) - Intensive Week Block 
  • Research Project (60 credits) - MSc only 
  • Special Populations - Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits) 
  • Sports Nutrition (20 credits) 
Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the Programme Specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

This programme is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue a career in applied sports nutrition. The programme has been designed around a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills in the area of sport nutrition.

The programme ensures that students will be enabled to gain professional skills related to both interpersonal communication, rapport development and working in a one to one consultancy situation as well as working with groups, teams and coaches. The programme also incorporates the application of knowledge specifically related to practical situations. Individuals can study on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Applied Sports Nutrition graduates have gained employment within areas such as high-performance sport and academia within the sports and performance nutrition field. Current graduates employment destinations include:

  • Welsh Institute of Sport
  • Leinster Rugby
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Private Nutrition Consultancy

The Careers Service has more information on graduate careers and part-time work available during your course.


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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Home/EU: £7,000
International: £13,650

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The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year. For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee 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 contact

Further information

Previous dissertations

  1. Estimates of energy intake and expenditure in elite female Touch players assessed during an international tournament: Abstract presented at the International Sport & Exercise Nutrition Conference (ISENC) 2016)
  2. The effects of high GI vs. low GI meals on muscular strength performance in a sleep restricted state
  3. Dietary nitrate supplementation for enhanced performance in rugby union
  4. Assessment of Vitamin D status and effectiveness of wintertime supplementation regimes in elite welsh athletes
  5. The development and evaluation of a practical nutrition and performance guide for junior rugby players