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Accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr)

Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes focuses on the role of nutrition in the optimisation of health and physical performance. 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 fulfil the needs of students who want to work with a range of populations to improve their health, fitness or sporting performance. Applications are encouraged from graduates who have a background in either sport and exercise science or human nutrition.

Why choose this course?

  • Our research groups and consultancies have strong links with Oxfordshire hospitals, elite athletes and food organisations, allowing students to conduct internal and external research projects and develop potential career opportunities.
  • We invite guest speakers from industry, other universities and research organisations to provide you with subject specialist knowledge.
  • Our staff come from a wide range of sporting and nutrition backgrounds. Some are actively involved in coaching which means the course is based on the latest scientific research and contemporary practice.
  • Small class sizes provide you with plenty of opportunities for in-depth discussions and practical application of the theory.
  • We provide opportunities to work with university and local sports teams as well as individuals seeking personalised nutrition advice.
  • Our staff conduct first-class research in sport, exercise and nutrition and bring it to the classroom.

Professional accreditation

This course is currently accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). Please note that this accreditation is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

This course in detail

We expect that our students will have a strong understanding of either human nutrition or sport and exercise science. The first semester requires that you enrol in either the Human Nutrition or Exercise Physiology module, depending on your background. For example, if you have an undergraduate degree in human nutrition you will usually take the Exercise Physiology module. This format enables you to progress to advanced-level classes, where comprehensive knowledge of both human nutrition and exercise physiology is essential.

Semester one emphasises theoretical and research issues. The second semester then encourages application of the theoretical underpinnings in applied settings (field and laboratory settings).

Finally, in the Research Project, which completes the MSc award, you use both your theoretical and applied experience from the taught section of the course to complete a substantial piece of independent research. 

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.

  • Human Nutrition (20 level 7 credits) 
  • Exercise Physiology (20 level 7 credits)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition in Practice (20 level 7 credits) 
  • Research Methods (20 level 7 credits) 
  • Nutrition, Physical Activity and Health (20 level 7 credits)
  • Applied Practice in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (20 level 7 credits) 
  • Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (20 level 7 credits) 
  • Research Project (60 level 7 credits) 

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

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.

Our teaching and learning focus on 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. The research project will be supervised on a one-to-one basis.

Your performance in each module is usually assessed by evaluation of the quality of written or design work, and verbal presentations. Assessment methods may include essays, seminar papers, formal written examinations, in-class tests, project case work, design and verbal presentations, workshops, simulations, and practical exercises.

Specialist facilities

  • BASES-accredited Human Performance Laboratory.
  • Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation Unit.
  • Functional Food Centre.
  • Specialist equipment including near-infrared spectroscopy, Qualysis motion capture system, online breath-by-breath analysis technologies and a BodPod.

Field trips

We encourage you to attend relevant industry and academic conferences to further your subject knowledge and take advantage of networking opportunities. When possible, we provide financial support for students to attend conferences (subject to availability). Where financial support is unavailable, you will need to self-fund conference attendance.


Visit the MSc/PGDip Applied Sport & Exercise Nutrition page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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