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Sport and Exercise Nutrition (MSc)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Overview

Sport and Exercise Nutrition is a dynamic discipline facilitating the transfer of knowledge between scientists and practitioners interested in the link between nutritional science, and sport and exercise sciences. Research studies investigating the interrelation between nutrition, physical activity and exercise in enhancement of sport performance, health and wellbeing, and prevention of disease have opened an incredible window into the enhancement of longevity and achievement of quality life, as a whole for the society. Bridging with the best world-wide research evidence in the area of sport nutrition, this Master programme encompasses a range of learning opportunities, cross-fertilising the theories and practices of nutrition, sport and exercise science and sport psychology with principles of the research methods, to enable students to undertake systematic enquiry into the human physiological and metabolic response to exercise and nutritional factors affecting this response. Besides, it also forms a systematic framework for the development of the skills required for the practice in sport and exercise nutrition. This programme is suitable for nutrition and/or sport-related science graduates and professionals interested in further expanding or advancing their knowledge and expertise in the practical application of sport nutrition with a granted input of solid theoretical foundation.  

For further information download the Sport Nutrition MSc Leaflet

Curriculum

The course consists of four taught modules and a research project. The teaching will be mainly through interactive lectures and student-led seminars and tutorials in small groups, which students will prepare for through prior reading and research. Assessment is through a range of essays, case studies, research proposal, practical sessions, presentations as well as a final independent research dissertation to cater for the variety of learning styles and needs. The major emphasis is on encouraging independent learning with the tutor acting as a facilitator of learning, providing appropriate support and guidance. Full-time students normally attend minimal two intensive classes each week; these sessions are supported by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

  • ‘Nutritional Sciences’. This module proves an extensive overview of the principles of the human nutrition, including functions, sources and consequences of the deficiency and excess of energy, macronutrient and micronutrient consumption as well as methods for assessment of nutritional status at individual and population levels. The association between nutrition and other factors including genetics, lifestyle, ethnicity and socioeconomic status will also be covered.
  • ‘Research Methods’. This module provides a foundation of principles of research methods in health sciences, from the development of research idea and questions, to search of the literature, planning of research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and dissemination of the findings.
  • ‘Sport and Exercise Physiology’. This module provides an overview of principles of exercise physiology, including exercise biochemistry, physiology of skeletal muscle mass, principles of exercise training, acute and chronic adaptations to exercise as well as exercise immunology, delivered through lectures, seminars and laboratory practical sessions.
  • ‘Sport and Performance Nutrition’. This module focuses on principles of sport nutrition including distinctions between sport, physical activity and exercise, energy metabolism and role of nutrients prior to, during and post exercise, fluid intake and balance, nutritional ergogenic aids and food supplements. Finally the ‘Research Project’ completed in the final semester will be a self-directed intensive research project focused on a selected topic in sport nutrition; where student work closely with a supervisory team to formulate a research question, review the literature, establish methods, collect and analyse the data and disseminate the findings.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • The teaching is research-led. We have staff who not only have published within national and international peer reviewed journals in the areas of Nutrition, Sport Performance/Physiology and Sport Psychology, but also have experience as practitioners within their respective fields.
  • We have a wide range of facilities, technologies and equipment readily available for students to engage in high-calibre postgraduate research
  • We have extensive experience and expertise in advanced evidenced-based practice in sport nutrition
  • We have a research environment and expertise outstandingly enriched by inter-professional learning supported by several distinct disciplines
  • Students will carry out their independent postgraduate research project using any of the available technologies, equipment and expertise available in our labs

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as Sports Science, Biology and Human Biology, Health Sciences, Physiological Sciences, or other related fields (students with a 2:2 in these subjects may also be given consideration on an individual basis).

Due to the diverse nature of this subject area, suitably qualified (an undergraduate degree) candidates from applied backgrounds (e.g. professional sports coaches, occupational therapists, physiotherapists etc.) are encouraged to apply and will be given consideration on an individual basis. On occasion, the programme may admit non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by relevant professional experience. The selection of applicants will be based on provided evidence of professional experience and interviews after short-listing by award director. In certain circumstances the University also permits study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account – see: http://www.hope.ac.uk/aboutus/governance/qualityassurance/accreditationofpriorlearning/

For students whose first language is not English, there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (including at least reading 6 and writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section.

Teaching & Research

The School of Health Sciences hosts current Nutrition, Sport and Biology labs which are equipped with all essential facilities, equipment, and IT technology required for the practice of Sport Nutrition. The new Science building is to be completed in 2016 comprising of the state-of-the-art nutrition, food science, exercise physiology, sport performance and sport psychology labs, which will provide an outstanding learning and research environment for students. Learning environment includes

  • Two large general teaching Bioscience/Environmental Science labs: The labs are adjacent to a suite of dedicated Bioscience research labs.
  • Bioscience research labs: The labs comprise of Nutrition, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Bioinformatics laboratories, serviced by a central technical/preparation area
  • Nutrition labs: The labs comprise of a Food Processing lab, that includes hobs/ovens and food preparation area, an area for sensory analysis, a Clinical Nutrition Laboratory (with consultation room), a small classroom/teaching space, and a storage room.
  • Nutrition research lab with a phlebotomy lab adjacent and connected: The lab includes numerous equipment and facilities required for analysis of food and biological samples, and also for human metabolic studies.
  • Sport & exercise science lab: The lab includes a 25m sprint track with force meters and motion capture for biomechanical analysis, as well as treadmills and BODPODS for physiological analysis
  • Psychology labs: The labs include motor control capture and vision labs as well as cognitive and neuro-behaviour suits.
  • Computer suits: established for electronic engineering and robotics, providing research synergies with both Psychology and Spore Sciences

Several members of staff from range of expertise within the School of Health Sciences will be involved in leading and teaching different modules of this programme. They will also supervise research in their expertise areas including Nutritional Sciences, Sport Performance, Sport Physiology and Sport Psychology. In addition, a laboratory technician will support the students in conducting their lab practicals and assist them in organising data collection using different experimental facilities and equipment for their research projects.

Employability

By the end of their studies, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of evidenced-based nutrition that facilitate and support sport and exercise performance. In addition, they should acquire the ability of designing and conducting experiments to investigate different aspects of human metabolic and physiologic response to exercise, and nutritional factors affecting this response.

The ultimate goal for our graduate is to competently apply practical skills in assessing key exercise performance markers, nutritional assessment techniques and manipulating intervention outcomes used in the evaluation of the nutritional status of athletes and physically active individuals. After successful completion of this programme, students will be able to apply for the Associate Nutritionist Status endorsed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) through submission of portfolio of directed and self-directed core competences of the AfN. This would convey a great advantage for students actively engage into the practice of Sport Nutrition supporting not only professional and semi-professional athletes, but also physically active general population.

The core competencies obtained could support the graduates to careers in sport industry (e.g. gym, national sport leagues), NHS sectors, Supplement industry, food sector and/or other private sector. 

Overview

Sport and Exercise Nutrition is a dynamic discipline facilitating the transfer of knowledge between scientists and practitioners interested in the link between nutritional science, and sport and exercise sciences. Research studies investigating the interrelation between nutrition, physical activity and exercise in enhancement of sport performance, health and wellbeing, and prevention of disease have opened an incredible window into the enhancement of longevity and achievement of quality life, as a whole for the society. Bridging with the best world-wide research evidence in the area of sport nutrition, this Master programme encompasses a range of learning opportunities, cross-fertilising the theories and practices of nutrition, sport and exercise science and sport psychology with principles of the research methods, to enable students to undertake systematic enquiry into the human physiological and metabolic response to exercise and nutritional factors affecting this response. Besides, it also forms a systematic framework for the development of the skills required for the practice in sport and exercise nutrition. This programme is suitable for nutrition and/or sport-related science graduates and professionals interested in further expanding or advancing their knowledge and expertise in the practical application of sport nutrition with a granted input of solid theoretical foundation.  

For further information download the Sport Nutrition MSc Leaflet

Curriculum

The course consists of four taught modules and a research project. The teaching will be mainly through interactive lectures and student-led seminars and tutorials in small groups, which students will prepare for through prior reading and research. Assessment is through a range of essays, case studies, research proposal, practical sessions, presentations as well as a final independent research dissertation to cater for the variety of learning styles and needs. The major emphasis is on encouraging independent learning with the tutor acting as a facilitator of learning, providing appropriate support and guidance. Full-time students normally attend minimal two intensive classes each week; these sessions are supported by time for wider reading, seminar preparation and assignment completion.

  • ‘Nutritional Sciences’. This module proves an extensive overview of the principles of the human nutrition, including functions, sources and consequences of the deficiency and excess of energy, macronutrient and micronutrient consumption as well as methods for assessment of nutritional status at individual and population levels. The association between nutrition and other factors including genetics, lifestyle, ethnicity and socioeconomic status will also be covered.
  • ‘Research Methods’. This module provides a foundation of principles of research methods in health sciences, from the development of research idea and questions, to search of the literature, planning of research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and dissemination of the findings.
  • ‘Sport and Exercise Physiology’. This module provides an overview of principles of exercise physiology, including exercise biochemistry, physiology of skeletal muscle mass, principles of exercise training, acute and chronic adaptations to exercise as well as exercise immunology, delivered through lectures, seminars and laboratory practical sessions.
  • ‘Sport and Performance Nutrition’. This module focuses on principles of sport nutrition including distinctions between sport, physical activity and exercise, energy metabolism and role of nutrients prior to, during and post exercise, fluid intake and balance, nutritional ergogenic aids and food supplements. Finally the ‘Research Project’ completed in the final semester will be a self-directed intensive research project focused on a selected topic in sport nutrition; where student work closely with a supervisory team to formulate a research question, review the literature, establish methods, collect and analyse the data and disseminate the findings.

Why choose Liverpool Hope?

  • The teaching is research-led. We have staff who not only have published within national and international peer reviewed journals in the areas of Nutrition, Sport Performance/Physiology and Sport Psychology, but also have experience as practitioners within their respective fields.
  • We have a wide range of facilities, technologies and equipment readily available for students to engage in high-calibre postgraduate research
  • We have extensive experience and expertise in advanced evidenced-based practice in sport nutrition
  • We have a research environment and expertise outstandingly enriched by inter-professional learning supported by several distinct disciplines
  • Students will carry out their independent postgraduate research project using any of the available technologies, equipment and expertise available in our labs

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject such as Sports Science, Biology and Human Biology, Health Sciences, Physiological Sciences, or other related fields (students with a 2:2 in these subjects may also be given consideration on an individual basis).

Due to the diverse nature of this subject area, suitably qualified (an undergraduate degree) candidates from applied backgrounds (e.g. professional sports coaches, occupational therapists, physiotherapists etc.) are encouraged to apply and will be given consideration on an individual basis. On occasion, the programme may admit non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by relevant professional experience. The selection of applicants will be based on provided evidence of professional experience and interviews after short-listing by award director. In certain circumstances the University also permits study that students have already carried out at Postgraduate level to be taken into account – see: http://www.hope.ac.uk/aboutus/governance/qualityassurance/accreditationofpriorlearning/

For students whose first language is not English, there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (including at least reading 6 and writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification. For additional information including entry requirements from your country, fees and scholarships go to the International section.

Teaching & Research

The School of Health Sciences hosts current Nutrition, Sport and Biology labs which are equipped with all essential facilities, equipment, and IT technology required for the practice of Sport Nutrition. The new Science building is to be completed in 2016 comprising of the state-of-the-art nutrition, food science, exercise physiology, sport performance and sport psychology labs, which will provide an outstanding learning and research environment for students. Learning environment includes

  • Two large general teaching Bioscience/Environmental Science labs: The labs are adjacent to a suite of dedicated Bioscience research labs.
  • Bioscience research labs: The labs comprise of Nutrition, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, and Bioinformatics laboratories, serviced by a central technical/preparation area
  • Nutrition labs: The labs comprise of a Food Processing lab, that includes hobs/ovens and food preparation area, an area for sensory analysis, a Clinical Nutrition Laboratory (with consultation room), a small classroom/teaching space, and a storage room.
  • Nutrition research lab with a phlebotomy lab adjacent and connected: The lab includes numerous equipment and facilities required for analysis of food and biological samples, and also for human metabolic studies.
  • Sport & exercise science lab: The lab includes a 25m sprint track with force meters and motion capture for biomechanical analysis, as well as treadmills and BODPODS for physiological analysis
  • Psychology labs: The labs include motor control capture and vision labs as well as cognitive and neuro-behaviour suits.
  • Computer suits: established for electronic engineering and robotics, providing research synergies with both Psychology and Spore Sciences

Several members of staff from range of expertise within the School of Health Sciences will be involved in leading and teaching different modules of this programme. They will also supervise research in their expertise areas including Nutritional Sciences, Sport Performance, Sport Physiology and Sport Psychology. In addition, a laboratory technician will support the students in conducting their lab practicals and assist them in organising data collection using different experimental facilities and equipment for their research projects.

Employability

By the end of their studies, students should be able to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of evidenced-based nutrition that facilitate and support sport and exercise performance. In addition, they should acquire the ability of designing and conducting experiments to investigate different aspects of human metabolic and physiologic response to exercise, and nutritional factors affecting this response.

The ultimate goal for our graduate is to competently apply practical skills in assessing key exercise performance markers, nutritional assessment techniques and manipulating intervention outcomes used in the evaluation of the nutritional status of athletes and physically active individuals. After successful completion of this programme, students will be able to apply for the Associate Nutritionist Status endorsed by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) through submission of portfolio of directed and self-directed core competences of the AfN. This would convey a great advantage for students actively engage into the practice of Sport Nutrition supporting not only professional and semi-professional athletes, but also physically active general population.

The core competencies obtained could support the graduates to careers in sport industry (e.g. gym, national sport leagues), NHS sectors, Supplement industry, food sector and/or other private sector. 

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Department: Health Sciences

Start date: October 2017

How to Apply