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  MSc - Physiology and Nutrition of Sport and Exercise

Loughborough University    Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Full time & Part time October MSc 1 year full-time. Award winner
Biological Sciences (4) Medicine (26)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MSc in Physiology and Nutrition of Sport and Exercise at Loughborough University. This esteemed programme delves deep into the intricate realms of exercise physiology and sport nutrition, equipping you with the expertise to enhance athletic performance and promote overall well-being. Taught by world-renowned academics and industry experts, you will explore cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities, including the Clyde Williams building and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine. The curriculum encompasses practical sessions, research projects, and guest lectures from top professionals, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the field. Upon completion, you will possess the skills to excel in research, sports support, education, or industry roles. To qualify, a 2:1 honours degree in relevant disciplines is required. Elevate your career prospects and immerse yourself in the pinnacle of sports science education with this exceptional MSc programme.

About the course

This MSc programme is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the physiological, nutritional and metabolic demands of exercise and training, as well as their implications for optimising sport performance and for the maintenance of good health.

The programme offers in-depth study across a range of areas within exercise physiology and sport and exercise nutrition. Practical sessions are taught in specialist teaching laboratories, and you will also use these facilities, as well as our research laboratories, while undertaking your research project.

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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or equivalent overseas qualification in sports science, human physiology, nutrition or dietetics or other relevant biological science that contains a substantial element of exercise physiology and/or nutrition.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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Where will I study?

Where is Loughborough University


Student Profiles


I chose to study at Loughborough as it is renowned for sports related courses and I wanted to give myself the best opportunity for development and career progression - the lecturers and laboratory technicians definitely lived up to my expectations.

My year at Loughborough University has been positively challenging, worthwhile, and fundamental to my personal and professional development. I’m really proud of my hard work and commitment to study - I didn’t expect to achieve distinctions on any work and I managed to receive several!

My research project is about the effect of nitrate supplementation on aerobic exercise in males, females with contraceptive pills, and females without contraceptive pills. The inclusion of females inspired me to choose this project as I think it’s important and necessary to expand research to include women, even though it may be more challenging.

Alongside my master’s degree, I have maintained a part-time job and a social life, as well as taking on some work experience as a sports scientist at Pro Football Support. This experience involved completing field-based physiological testing at football academies across the country as well as helping students at Loughborough Gymnastics with nutrition. Both positions tapped into my degree and knowledge.

It was a real highlight to be able to travel to many different football clubs and network with a range of experienced staff. It helped to give an insight as to what the future might look like for me.

After graduating, I hope to become an applied sports physiologist. My time at Loughborough has helped me to develop knowledge and an understanding of this role. I also understand the experience required to get into this position, which is something which I am continuously gaining.

I opted to study a postgraduate course as I’ve always enjoyed academia and wanted to continue my learning to enhance my career opportunities. The transition to an MSc at Loughborough felt natural and easy. The first few weeks included a lot of contact and explanations to ensure that everyone was caught up with the basic knowledge for the course.

My advice to anyone considering studying a postgraduate programme is to try your best and work hard, utilise the lectures and lecturers around you. Remember that the academics are always happy to help with any questions or anxieties you have whether it’s inside or outside the classroom.


As the number one university in the world for sports-related subjects, prestige played a big part in my decision to choose Loughborough. I also work at the University, which makes it convenient.

Applying new knowledge
The degree programme has been extremely useful, from physiology and understanding how things work to immunity. Most of all, I am able to apply the theory I have learnt in my job as a Performance Chef at the Elite Athlete Centre (EAC), where I come face to face with elite athletes from various disciplines.

I work at the EAC which is world-class and have been involved in the run-up to several major sporting events with the ECB, several National Governing Bodies in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 and soon the Commonwealth Games. Without the facilities here on campus we would not be able to attract the elite sport we do, so it all helps create this holistic environment that is conducive to performance and training.

The academic support and expertise available have helped a lot during the programme. I am very busy with work so the ability to log in online to lectures has been invaluable. Knowing the lecturers are at the forefront of research makes it all the more relevant.

Career possibilities
However, it would be nice to venture into perhaps a Performance Director type role, as by the end of the programme I will understand sport from a food, nutrition and physiology point of view, which is a rare combination. Currently as a chef and nutritionist, which is rare enough, being able to add physiology to my arsenal could open up a few doors.

Advice to other applicants
The advice I would give to someone considering studying this programme is to allow yourself time. If you can do it full-time without any other distractions, that is ideal. If you work full-time and have to spin other plates like I do, then be ready for long days and nights, but the material is so interesting that it will provide the impetus for you to stay motivated.

A few fellow classmates have asked about what it is like in the ‘real world’ and I have said two things: (1) networking is super important and is what will get your foot in the door, and (2) consider working abroad as opportunity is rife; there is more than just football out there.

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