Sport and Exercise Nutrition MSci

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

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Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

4 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

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Places available (subject to change)

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About the course

Why Sport and Exercise Nutrition?

This is an integrated Master’s four year degree, designed to combine both undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single degree. This is a requirement to be able to register as a Sport and Exercise Nutritionist on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) held by the British Dietetic Association.

Eating healthily and being physically active are important for wellbeing, and good nutrition can help to achieve optimal performance in sport. Nutrition is increasingly important in elite sport, personal training, and community-based initiatives, so this course could lead to an exciting and rewarding career.

This course could give you the skills to work as a sports nutritionist, physical activity coordinator, health advisor, sports development officer, personal trainer, exercise referral specialist, or after further training, a teacher in educational settings.

How will you learn?

  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of biological sciences, nutrition, exercise and health, and sports performance. You'll study anatomy and physiology, fitness conditioning, digestion and metabolism, and psychology.
  • In your second year, you’ll go on a work placement, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply your skills in a real-world context.
  • In your fourth year you will study Sport and Exercise Nutrition at a postgraduate level.
  • You’ll use excellent facilities, including our nutrition food science labs, sport and exercise science labs, and our sport and fitness centre.
  • This course was the first degree in the UK to be approved by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).
  • This course is also applying for endorsement with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which will allow us to offer industry qualifications within the degree, including NVQ Level 2 Award in Gym Instruction and NVQ Level 3 Personal Trainer Award. This will help to ensure that our graduates are industry ready.

This course brings together innovative teaching and assessment techniques, whilst encouraging students to translate theory into practice. Delivered by experts in the field, this course will further enhance scientific knowledge, expertise and understanding of contemporary issues, equipping students with the necessary tools for those working or intending to build a career centred around Sport and Exercise Nutrition. A unique feature of these courses pertains to the spectrum of taught modules. Each module has been designed to meet the competencies of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr), a nationally recognised register recognising excellence, allowing students to apply for accreditation which has recently become increasingly important for securing jobs in the field. 

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Dr Benjamin P. Green, PhD, Medical Affairs Research Advisor, Nutricia

Course detail

Core modules:

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport and Exercise

Two branches of science, anatomy and physiology provide the foundation for understanding the body’s parts and functions. You’ll be supported to develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the human body systems that are of most relevance to sport, exercise and health. You’ll also be supported to develop an understanding of homeostatic control and how this relates to the pathophysiology of disease.

Introduction to Nutrition

In this module you’ll be encouraged to learn about the relationships between food, nutrition, lifestyle and health by investigating the importance of the five food groups that make up our diet, the nutritional needs of various groups in the community such as children and the elderly, and the relationships between diet and disease such as obesity and heart disease. You’ll also have the opportunity to analyse your own diets by using dietary analysis computer programs. Assessment for this module is by coursework and exam.

Foundations of Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise

Biomechanics is the study of the forces acting on and produced by the body. You’ll be supported to develop an understanding of the academic and practical skills required of a sport and exercise scientist, providing you with knowledge to interpret biomechanical principles that govern human motion. Biomechanics is one of the key sport and exercise science disciplines recognised by British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Foundations of Coaching and Instructing

You’ll explore leadership and the role of the coach in the context of sport, exercise, physical activity and health. You’ll be provided with opportunities to develop practical skills such as communication, demonstration, observation, provision of feedback etc. Through coursework you’ll illustrate and apply an understanding of the coach’s responsibilities and liabilities in safeguarding the physical and emotional interests of the athlete or client. You’ll also gain experience of the coaching process through completing a practical, where you'll work in small groups to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate an exercise or physical activity session.

Research Methods 1

This module focuses on developing the academic skills required to progress in higher education and successfully complete the degree course. You’ll examine essential areas such as essay and report writing, referencing and use of Summon in searching for information. You’ll be introduced to concepts of research design and the research process and identify where support can be accessed to enable academic progression. This module will also introduce key concepts in Professional Practice to support future career goals.

Foundations of Psychology for Sport and Exercise

This module will investigate how people think, feel and behave in a sport and exercise context. You’ll have the opportunity to improve diet, exercise and physical activity levels, and gain an understanding of psychological skills and their influence on sports performance and exercise and dietary behaviour.

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level (preferred subjects include PE, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Food Technology). The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B or above at A Level (preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, or Food Technology). The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. Alternatively a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate (preferred subjects include Applied Science, Sport or Sport and Exercise Science) is also accepted.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Sport or Applied Sciences)

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above to include 15 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Nutrition
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include PE, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Food Technology at Higher Level grade 6.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

You also need enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance to enable you to undertake placements. We arrange this during year 1 of the course. Previous convictions will affect your choice of placements.

Placements


The course includes a compulsory 140-hour work placement in your second year, in an appropriate environment, helping you to relate theory to practice and develop skills in a real work context. The teaching staff have developed excellent links with local employers and can provide assistance in finding a suitable placement.

Previous placement providers have included strength and conditioning, professional sports clubs (performance analysis and sport science support), primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, local authority sport development and physical activity units, primary care trusts, research assistants and private physical activity and sport providers. The University also has strong links with local professional sports clubs, so there may be opportunities for you to work with these athletes, for example Huddersfield Town FC and Huddersfield Giants.

You can find more information on placements here.

I worked alongside Huddersfield Giants nutritionist where I gained a valuable insight into the world of elite performance. I also worked within the local community at VIVE sport helping individuals with learning difficulties and creating a safe environment for individuals to perform sport.

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Thomas Drayton, graduated Sport Science BSc(Hons) in 2018, now Rehabilitation Assistant at MSP Case Management Ltd

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is joint first in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA 2020).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


Careers in sport and exercise nutrition include: Performance Nutritionists, for example with the four UK Institutes of Sport, professional and amateur sports clubs and individual athletes; health promotion e.g. Health and Wellbeing/Lifestyle Coaches, Weight Management Practitioners; Sales e.g. supplements, gym equipment, in-store brand ambassador; Academia as researchers and lecturers; and Research and Development and New Product Development for food companies.

 

Previous Huddersfield Sport and Exercise graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, healthcare, research, media, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Bradford City FC (Lead Performance Coach), Huddersfield Giants RLFC (Performance Analyst/Sport Scientist), Halifax RLFC (Performance Analyst), Kirklees Active Leisure (Personal Trainer), PUMA Group (Account Manager), Shelley FC (U12’s Football Coach), GEMS Education (Physical Education Teacher), Project Sport (Sports Coach), NHS funded National Pre-Diabetes Programme (Well-being Coach), Huddersfield Town FC (1st team Sports Scientist and Senior Physical Performance Coach, 1st Team Conditioning Coach), Thongsbridge Tennis Club (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Huddersfield New College (Sport Teacher) and University of Liverpool (Research Nutritionist).**

 

*Percentage of graduates from courses in these subject areas who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2015/16 and 2016/17 aggregated).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

92-100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, attendance and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks and loan of Dictaphones.

Academic Skills Development Team:provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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