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

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

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.

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Course lead

Dr James Fleming headshotDr James Fleming
Course Lead - Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

A first degree in a related field is required.

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 (or equivalent).

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

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


  •  Core
  •  Core
  •  Core (PGDip)
  •  Core for MSc

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.

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
  • Birmingham City Football Club
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Private Nutrition Consultancy
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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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.

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.

How the course is taught

4 x 3-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) and 2 x 1 week taught blocks. Online materials will also support learning throughout the course.

Qualifications available

This degree can be studied as an MSc, PGDip or PGCert. The MSc in Applied Sports Nutrition is achieved through the completion of 180 credits: 120 from the taught modules and a further 60 credits for the dissertation.

You will need to accrue 120 credits for the PGDip and 60 credits for the PGCert.

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60.


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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2023

  • Home: £9,300
  • International: £16,350

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree. Please see clause 5.15.2 of the Tuition Fee Regulations for further information.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

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.


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

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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