Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
1 year
not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



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Our Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc provides you with an opportunity to gain an in depth understanding of the nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise, of the interactions between diet, exercise and health and how nutrition influences performance in sport.

Nutrition is increasingly recognised as being a key component in the optimisation of sport and exercise performance, with both the science and practice of sports nutrition developing rapidly. At Loughborough University you will benefit from studying at one of the UK's leading centres for elite sport, coaching and sport science research.

You will complete modules that cover the fundamental nutritional, physiological and metabolic principals underpinning sport and exercise nutrition practice, as well as modules where you put these principals into practice and a research project examining a novel research question within sport and exercise nutrition.

Our high-quality research-led teaching will strengthen your learning experience and you will receive the latest evidence-based information from our subject experts. Examples of the type of research themes currently being studied by staff are as follows:

  • The impact of diet and exercise on metabolic health, appetite regulation and energy balance.
  • Effects of dietary supplements on exercise performance and cardiovascular health.
  • Nutritional requirements (e.g. water, carbohydrate and protein) to optimise exercise performance and post-exercise recovery.

Our campus is home to a number of high performance sport organisations, and although limited in availability, there are opportunities that you can pursue to undertake applied placements within some of these organisations. These opportunities vary on a yearly basis and do not constitute a formal component of the course. Placement opportunities can be very competitive and are undertaken alongside your studies. 

What makes this programme different?

  • Learn the fundamentals of sport and exercise nutrition
  • High-quality, research-led teaching
  • Opportunities to undertake work placements

Who should study this programme?

Our Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc programme is ideally suited for students who want to focus on the science behind the practice of sport and exercise nutrition.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in nutrition, dietetics, physiology, sports science with a strong biological sciences component, or a related subject.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

Our Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc is designed to provide you with detailed knowledge of the metabolism of nutrients and of nutritional requirements in humans, and to promote understanding of current theories of the relationships between diet and performance in sport, and between diet, exercise and health.


Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Semester 1

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This module covers nutrition fundamentals for the sport and exercise nutritionist, including energy, carbohydrate, protein, fat and water, as well as an introduction to supplement use in athletes.

Physiology of Endurance Performance

This module covers the physiology of body systems underpinning the capacity for exercise, the physiological basis of interventions to enhance endurance performance, and the basis of fatigue and determinants of performance in such events.

Exercise and Immunology

This module evaluates the evidence concerning the influence of exercise on immune function and infection risk, as well as how nutrition interacts with this relationship.

Applied Nutrition

This module examines how the principals of nutrition are applied to exercising populations, as well as other applied settings. Through a blend of lectures, seminars and practical laboratories you will systematically evaluate dietary requirements of various exercising populations and be provided with opportunity to apply these principals in relevant tasks.

Semester 2

Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This module allows you to examine current, key concepts in sport and exercise nutrition and systematically evaluates our current understanding of supplements and nutrition strategies to optimise performance and/ or adaptation to exercise training.

Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Through this module you will develop competency in a wide range of research techniques used to study sport and exercise nutrition, which will assist in your preparation to undertake your research project.

Quantitative Research: Toggle

In this module you will gain a critical understanding of statistical theory and common statistical procedures, as well as the application of these in sport and exercise nutrition.

Research Project

In this module you will use the knowledge and skills gained in other modules to undertake a substantial piece of original research with relevance to sport and exercise nutrition. You will be supervised by of one of our nutrition or physiology staff, with the breadth of supervisory expertise meaning the variety of projects available is second to none. Most students usually work on staff research projects, but there is scope to develop your own project idea to investigate a specific research question of interest to you.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework (including presentations, in-class tests, scientific and applied reports and a research project journal article) and examinations.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

The School of Sports, Exercise and Health Sciences is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Graduate destinations

In recent years graduates from this programme have gone on to jobs including:

  • PhD research roles here at Loughborough University, as well as at a number of other institutions (i.e. the University of Bath, the University of Exeter, the University of Aberdeen, Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds Beckett University, and Oxford Brookes University etc.).
  • Research Assistant Roles at Loughborough University and the University of Cambridge.
  • Applied athlete support with the English Institute of Sport, US Soccer, Loughborough Sport, as well as numerous other professional and amateur sports teams/ athletes.

A variety of roles in the nutrition and fitness industry, working for companies including: GlaxoSmithKline, Volac International, United Biscuits, MyProtein, Opalbond, Boots UK.

Your personal development

On successful completion of our Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSc programme, you should be able to:

  • Manage personal learning efficiently and effectively
  • Develop and utilise qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Work confidently both as an individual and as part of a small team
  • Work independently and use available support strategically and effectively
  • Present research concept and evidence using effective communication methods

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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