The School of Sport and Exercise Science is home to world-leading research, and this Sport Nutrition Masters programme is taught by academics dedicated to developing scientific research into athlete-centred nutrition and extending our contemporary understanding of exercise metabolism.
•Complete this masters in one year (full time) •A unique blend of theoretical science and applied skills taught by world leading academics engaged in nutritional consultancy with world leading sports organisations •Staff currently provide nutrition support to Premiership Football, Super League Rugby League, European Rugby Union, professional golfers, professional jockeys, professional and amateur boxers, Team Sky Cycling, British Ski and Snowboard, Professional and Track Cycling, UK Anti Doping and many more •Course mapped to the competencies outlined by the sports and exercise nutrition register (SENr), providing the required academic training to apply for professional accreditation •ISAK body composition qualification •Applied placement mentored by academic staff engaged in applied consultancy
The course is aligned to the competencies set out by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and you are encouraged to seek professional accreditation following the completion of the degree.
We welcome applications from those who want to dedicate their postgraduate study to the application and advancement of athlete-centred practice and research application. At our world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Science, you will explore a philosophy of critical understanding in fundamental sport nutrition and exercise metabolism which will underpin your applied training modules. Leading-edge research and applied practice are central to our ongoing goals for your professional development.
To be a successful sport nutritionist we believe it is essential to study and understand classical and contemporary exercise metabolism research, and then translate this information into athlete-centered nutrition advice.
On successful completion of the course, you will understand how to deal with complex issues within nutrition, both systematically and creatively, and make sound judgements in the absence of incomplete data. You will also develop essential skills in communicating and implementing your recommendations for clients as well as specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Your tutors have extensive experience of delivering sports nutrition in a range of high level, professional and community sport organisations. These links provide excellent opportunities for research and applied placements where you can explore theory-to-practice links. To boost your employability after completing the course, you will be able to secure professional accreditation with ISAK providing you meet the required entrance qualifications.
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Fundamental Sport Nutrition
Covers the basics of sport nutrition, including a critical appraisal of the current thoughts with regards to carbohydrate, fat and protein requirements of athletes. The module involves traditional teaching and problem based learning.
Practical Sport Nutrition
As well as gaining professional accreditations in body composition assessment (ISAK), during this module you will be taught the key practical techniques required to work as a sport nutritionist – including diet analysis, assessment of energy expenditure, reflective practice and much more. The module will involve laboratory practicals, as well as classroom based teaching.
To equip you with the skills to perform an independent research project, fundamental research skills and statistical analysis are taught using practical sessions and problem based learning.
A comprehensive understanding of exercise metabolism is essential to fully understand sport nutrition. This module covers the basics of exercise metabolism, with the role of nutrition clearly embedded in the learning.
Supplements and Drugs in Sport
A sport nutritionist must be able to give accurate and professional advice to athletes with regards to the issues and concerns related to sports supplements. The role of WADA and UKAD will be examined, as well as how to set up safe supplement policies. At the end of the module students are encouraged to sit the free online UKAD anti-doping accreditation which is a requirement of entry onto the SENr register.
All students engage in a 12 week placement provided by the university. Placements can be in high level sporting clubs such as premier league football or premiership rugby and super league rugby clubs, as well as with local sports clubs. Under mentorship from an experienced LJMU tutor, you will be guided through the process and gain hands-on experience working as a sport nutritionist.
All students complete a research project in semester 3. This project can be individual or in small groups and can be on any topic of your choice related to sport nutrition. Some students choose to join current research projects running in the sport nutrition department whilst others prefer to fully design their own project.
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