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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.

  • Meets standards of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register.
  • Students have access to excellent sports facilities and BASES accredited laboratories.
  • Taught by sports nutrition practitioners and academics.
  • There are a range of sport scholarships and coaching bursaries available.

Why study Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

A number of factors contribute to success in sport, and diet is increasingly recognised as a key component of optimal sporting performance, with both the science and practice of sports nutrition developing rapidly. Regardless of the athlete’s level, professional or someone who simply enjoys working out, what, when and how much to eat or drink can have a huge impact on athletic performance and personal goals.

You will explore the important relationships between nutrition and physical performance in different sports but also encouraged to think critically about existing practices, as well as carrying out your own research to help shape the future of the sport nutrition industry.

You will also have the opportunity to improve your CV with work placements opportunities.

The Sport and Exercise Nutrition course (BSc) at St Mary’s is designed in line with the guidelines set by the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), which sets the standards for all practitioners in the field. This allows the students to develop all the necessary knowledge and competences needed for employment in the area when graduating.

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.

Foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport and Exercise Nutrition.


Course lead

Simone Benedetti headshotSimone Benedetti
Lecturer - Sports Nutrition

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Entry requirements

96-112UCAS points required

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We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references and your motivation for study.

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 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

Sport and Exercise Nutrition with a foundation year

The undergraduate degree with foundation year programme offers applicants without traditional qualifications or grades an alternative route to studying Sport and Exercise Nutrition.

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Course content

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Teaching breakdown

Learning on the course is made up through a combination of:

  • Contact time: 20%
  • Guided learning: 28%
  • Independent study: 52%

Independent study is a key feature of your degree and is crucial to furthering your knowledge.

You will receive your timetable a week before teaching is due to start at the latest.

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.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within three weeks.

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Compensated passes

Please refer to the information on compensated passes throughout your degree as outlined in the academic regulations.

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Facilities

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Fees and funding

2023/24 fees

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*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.

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

Scholarships

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to new undergraduate students. This includes:

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

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Meet your lecturers

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Further information


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Visit the campus

Upcoming open days

Attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. During the day you'll have the chance to:

  • Speak to current students to hear about their experiences so far
  • Meet your future academics to put a name and a face to who you'll be learning from
  • Take a tour of the University and the on-campus accommodation options
  • Get involved with activities going on across campus as you explore new surroundings

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Campus tours

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore the campus, even if you can't make it to an Open Day. We run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm. If you'd like to join us for one of these tours please register your place for your preferred day.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

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