Nutrition has profound effects on both human health and athletic performance and this course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice. It is designed to fulfill the needs of students who want to work with athletes and individuals to improve their health, fitness or exercise performance. Applications are encouraged from graduates who have a background in either sport and exercise science or human nutrition.
We expect that prospective students will have a strong understanding of either human nutrition or sport and exercise science.
To complete an MSc, you need to obtain 180 level 7 credits. The PGDip is awarded to students who obtain 120 level 7 credits by successfully completing either the Human Nutrition or Exercise Physiology module, and all the remaining modules except the Research Project.
Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, with each module requiring approximately 36 hours of staff contact time and 200 hours of total student input in each 12-week semester.
Human Nutrition (20 level 7 credits) - provides a comprehensive overview of the different nutrients required by humans throughout the life cycle and their sources in food in the UK and worldwide. It also critically evaluates methods used to assess nutrient intake at an individual and population level. The relationship between lifestyle and body composition will also be covered.
Exercise Physiology (20 level 7 credits) - examines the fundamental concepts in exercise physiology. Content includes acute and chronic adaptations to exercise, biochemistry and function of skeletal muscle, principles of exercise training, physiology of special populations (eg children, females, elderly and elite athletes) and immune function. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions.
Sport and Exercise Nutrition in Practice (20 level 7 credits) - draws upon the experience of experts who are currently involved in providing nutritional support for people who participate in sport and exercise. Where appropriate, the module will use the expertise of guest lecturers in addition to the core teaching team. Strategies that focus on selected techniques known to enhance healthy dietary strategies will be covered.
Research Methods (20 level 7 credits) - provides a foundation and training in fundamental research methods, from literature searching, experimental planning and design to data analysis and presentation. Assessment is by coursework only.
Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health (20 level 7 credits) - examines the relationships between nutrition, physical activity and health outcomes in humans. In particular, the influence of diet and physical activity on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity will be considered along with counselling and goal-setting for diet, nutrition and exercise.
Current Research in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (20 level 7 credits) - examines and explores contemporary research in sport and exercise nutrition. This class will promote discussion of the latest findings from peer reviewed journals. You will also be expected to contribute to this discussion through directed and independent reading of relevant material. Additionally, various keynote speakers from Oxford Brookes and other institutions communicate insight into the current working practice of applied scientists through a series of seminars.
Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 M credits) - consists of a practical component using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques including portable calorimetry, densitometry, haematology and urine analysis. The module will include comprehensive testing on both invited athletes and classmates. Enrollment on the module also entitles you to complementary registration for the highly sought-after International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) Level 1 qualification (on completion of the required additional practical and theoretical components).
Research Project (60 level 7 credits) - consists of an intensive period of research into a selected topic in sport and exercise nutrition. You will work closely with an appropriate supervisor to establish a project topic and identify an appropriate intervention. The research project will be primarily assessed by dissertation submission.
The main theme of the teaching and learning aspect of this MSc is to encourage you to develop the necessary skills to understand and communicate advanced theoretical and research-based knowledge of nutrition to people who participate in sport and exercise. Learning methods reflect the wide variety of topics associated with applied sport and exercise nutrition and include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, practical exercises, laboratory sessions and project work.
We encourage students to attend relevant industry conferences to further their subject knowledge and take advantage of networking opportunities.
International Student Requirements:
If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, or TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based).