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Sept 2020

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UCAS code

3 Years



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James Fleming
James Fleming

Programme Director - Applied Sports Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Nutrition

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The impact of tailored, evidence-driven sports nutrition advice is well recognised for everyone, whether running 5K for the first time or competing at the Olympics.

Why study Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

Sports performance is driven by appropriate sports nutrition advice and good quality research. Sport and exercise is high on the government’s health agenda and there is currently a high demand for those who have studied and specialised in the field of sports and exercise nutrition.

Employers require nutritionists to have the specialised skills and appropriate training to work with all those who undertake physical and sporting activities and will look to employ those who have been recognised by professional bodies and are on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s has a great reputation for sport and strives to continually improve this and our excellent teaching standards. In this vibrant and exciting programme you will study a range of academic disciplines related to understanding and improving sports performance.

Studying academic literature, undertaking research in this field and applying knowledge to current athletes, will give you the practical skills and competencies needed to work as a sports nutrition practitioner.

At St Mary’s we have an effective mix of experienced sports nutrition practitioners and academics, ensuring practical skills and competencies are enhanced.

Practical experience opportunities within St Mary’s athletic and sporting community and opportunities outside with the sporting links we have fostered are encouraged throughout the degree. We offer a comprehensive sports development programme that focuses on performance sport, coaching, events and recreational opportunities.

Key facts

  • Excellent sports facilities and BASES accredited laboratories
  • A range of sport scholarships and coaching bursaries available
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus with direct access to Central London via public transport

Course content

Year one

  • Introduction to Nutrition 1 Core
  • Introduction to Nutrition 2 Core
  • Introduction to Research Core
  • Physiology of Exercise Core
  • Food Science Core
  • Professional Skills for Nutritionists Core

Year two

  • Nutritional Assessment Core
  • Research Methods 2 Core
  • Physiology of Training Core
  • Sports Nutrition Core
  • Social Psychology of Sport Optional
  • Food Choice and Control of Food Intake Optional
  • Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity Across Lifespan Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Business Optional
  • Experience and Employment in Sport Optional

Year three

  • Research Project Core
  • Nutrition and the Athlete Core
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology Core
  • Functional and Novel Foods Optional
  • Weight Management Optional
  • Environmental Physiology Optional
  • Managing in the Workplace Optional
  • The Enterprising Workplace Optional
  • Building a Start-up Business Optional
Please refer to the programme specification document for a summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

The modular structure of the degree allows you to tailor your degree to suit your needs and ambitions. We're committed to providing the very best teaching and look to continually use new, innovative approaches alongside more traditional methods.

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.

Class sizes tend to be around 20 students.

Assessment methods

We use a wide range of assessments that helps develop key skills for both academic and employability purposes. Assessment methods include essays, poster presentations, web-based assessments, oral presentations, and practical and written exams.


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Fees and funding

2020/21 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £12,250

2019/20 fees

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £11,750

* Please note: These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Governments review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

The UK Government has confirmed that EU applicants starting in 2019 or 2020 remain eligible for 'home fee status' and can access financial support.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred should you choose to buy copies of the core textbooks rather than loan from our library.

Further information

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