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The Department of Health Sciences offers students vocationally-relevant, professionally accredited, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the highest academic standards in the field of health, nutrition and exercise sciences.

Students are taught in high quality specialist teaching facilities by expert staff, who are either research focused or specialised practitioners in their field or both.

We offer and continue to develop a portfolio of research informed programmes that are attractive to students. They will develop key transferable skills and experience real lif situations that will equip them to contribute to a modern global society.

Undergraduate programmes

The Nutrition undergraduate programme is accredited by the Association for Nutrition and graduates have been employed in health and industry settings and as self-employed nutritionists running their own businesses.

Graduates on the Health and Fitness foundation degree and the Health and Exercise Science undergraduate programme have the opportunity to gain extra accreditation and associated qualifications alongside their degree, allowing great opportunities for employment within public health and wellbeing services.

The Sport Rehabilitation  undergraduate  and postgraduate degrees are both accredited by the professional body BASRaT. Students will complete a number of placements which has led to employment with sporting teams and organisations as well as in private clinics for previous graduates.

The Applied Physics programme is recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP). The focus of the degree is on both the experimental/computational and theoretical aspects of physics. The combination of applications with theory makes our Applied Physics graduates highly sought in industry and academia.Our graduates have been employed in health, industry and academic settings. Many of our graduates have continued their studies as Masters and PhD students in Medical Physics, Space Engineering and Quantum Technologies.

Postgraduate programmes

We encourage graduates to study on one of the Department’s group of postgraduate degrees whether it is the ground-breaking MSc in Nutrition and Genetics, the only course of its kind in Europe looking into links between our DNA and health or the new MSc in Chronic Disease Management.  There is a clear need and demand for a course to supply the future workforce needed to look after our ageing population.

Our innovative MSc Applied Sports Nutrition which is mostly delivered over weekends allows those with sport and nutritional backgrounds to become practitioners in this exciting field and advise anyone from the recreational weekend warrior to the Olympic athlete

We offer a very popular MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration). This programme is as a result of St Mary’s acting as a ‘first mover’ into the open market that the removal of NHS bursaries in this field created. These clinical programmes remain highly regulated and we have invested in specialist staff to deliver this programme where the demand for practitioners remains high. 



Updates from the Department

September 2018

Catherine Graham, PhD student, was awarded the first prize for a scientific poster at the European Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO) conference. This outstanding achievement is a result of Catherine’s hard work towards her PhD.

NuGO has a strong reputation for its high standard    s and scientific rigour and even though St Mary’s University was the smallest organisation that participated, we still compete at the highest level.

May 2018

Students from the Nutrition programmes at St Mary’s University, Twickenham have been awarded a Nutrition Society bursary to conduct research over the summer. The students, Iman Khwaia and Sebastien Chohan, have been awarded a research bursary of £2500 to conduct two pieces of research. Find out more...