The amazing feats of world-class athletes across the huge range of sports have projected the issues of performance into the public eye, and sports nutrition is now recognised as a key part of supporting training and competition at all levels of participation.
The Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster offers the chance to study the science behind sports nutrition and its applications for both the 'weekend warrior' and the elite athlete. It also puts the controversies surrounding the use of supplements under scientific scrutiny, looking at the key evidence for and against performance benefits.
The aim of the course is to produce sports nutritionists who are strongly focused on the science behind the subject, but who also have some experience of the practicalities of delivering sound guidance to individuals and teams who are looking to use nutrition as part of their training programmes. To this end, a number of guest lecturers contribute their expertise in key related areas, and students are also given the opportunity of shadowing established sports nutrition practitioners.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Advanced Performance Nutrition
Assessment of Health and Fitness
Concepts and Principles of Human Nutrition
Nutrition and Performance
Practitioner Skills for Sport Nutrition
Postgraduate Research Methods
The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition (AfN). This allows students to take the title Associate Nutritionist, which is the first step on the professional recognition and registration ladder.
The course is also accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and has received the Recognition Award of the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Students are encouraged to take the Certification of the ISSN (CISSN) exam towards the end of their period of study.
You should have a first degree in a life sciences subject with a strong element of nutrition and/or physiology, but if you are a graduate in another discipline there is an opportunity to gain entry via successful completion of the Essentials of Nutrition course.
If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, including a score of 6.5 in writing, a TOEFL score of at least 98, with a minimum of 25 in the writing component.
Qualified sport and exercise nutritionists find employment in a number of areas, ranging from research and public health nutrition to performance training. Many eventually become self-employed and create their own consultancy companies which can be very successful. The course is designed to make the transition into any of these areas as smooth and effective as possible.
Our graduates go on to positions which include teaching in higher education, athlete support within the English Institute of Sport, and PhD research.
The aim of our course is to enable students to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. Your career choices can include leading sports nutrition programmes for teams and elite athletes, involvement in physical activity initiatives, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations.
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