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St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Full Time MSc Degrees in Biological Sciences

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This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology. Read more
This degree involves a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills for those aiming to pursue a career in applied sport and exercise physiology.

In today’s marketplace, employers are seeking to employ staff that are suitably qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities. As such, there is an increased need for postgraduate courses to be vocationally orientated, with an emphasis on training students in the theoretical underpinnings and relevant practical areas to work in the sport industry.

The PG Diploma/MSc Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology course focuses on disciplines pertinent to the field of applied sport and exercise physiology and reflects the needs of today’s students, within the context of the workforce in general, the social and political environment, and national and regional sporting and exercise priorities.

Why St Mary's?

The applied focus of the programme enables students to gain both the theoretical and practical skills required to gain employment as a Sport and Exercise Physiologist.

In addition, the location of the university provides many opportunities to refine those skills through work with various sports clubs in the area.

The course utilises equipment in the School of Sport, Health and Applied Science, which includes extensive laboratory analytical equipment and library materials that support the degree.

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. With the exception of the Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology module, all modules are assessed by a variety of types of coursework. To qualify for the diploma you need to accrue 120 credits.

In addition, MSc students have to complete a substantial research project. Modules are either taught two or three hours per week (Mondays and Wednesdays) or, in the case of the research methods module, in an intensive block.

Module Information
› Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
› Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Training Programme Design and Evaluation
› Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Workplace
› Ergogenic Aids in Sport
› Applied Techniques in Sport and Exercise Physiology
› Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module in the course is assessed by one or more pieces of coursework. With the exception of the Advanced Sport & Exercise Physiology module, there are no written examinations; however, a number of modules employ oral examinations.

Assessments are designed to provide the opportunity to demonstrate critical analysis, deep and insightful thought and the application of knowledge. A wide variety of assessment modes are employed including case studies, laboratory reports, preparing articles suitable for journals, and poster/oral presentations.

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The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wish to enhance their understanding and develop their skills in the area. Read more
The MSc in Applied Sport Psychology is aimed at those wishing to develop a career in the area of sport psychology or wish to enhance their understanding and develop their skills in the area.

Over the previous 20 years there has been a gradual acceptance and involvement in psychology within sport at all levels. The application of psychology with sports performers and coaches has been rapid and continues to develop.

Recognising this, the professional bodies of both sport science and psychology (the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the British Psychology Society) have developed professional routes to recognition within the field.

The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has five specialised laboratories, in addition to a £8 million sports centre.

Why St Mary's?

This Applied Sport Psychology postgraduate degree has been accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is designed to enable students to attain professional recognition beyond the programme and to help those wishing to develop a career in sport psychology or aiming to enhance their understanding of the field.

The programme has a discipline-focussed curriculum, looking closely at developing knowledge and applied skills that are critical to practitioners.

Motor skills are an integral element of the programme, allowing students to enhance their ability to work closely with both performers and coaches.

The focus on sport and elite sporting performance at St Mary’s makes the University an ideal environment for students.

A Student View

Phoebe SandersPhoebe Sanders (Graduated in 2015)
"This course will do much more than teach you the theory, it will give you an understanding of how to do it in practice. When you are face to face with your first client, that will make all the difference.

"One of the best things for me has been the level of care and attention that the staff offer. I am still in regular contact with my thesis supervisor, who has been an incredible source of support and guidance even since I left the university.

"St Mary's also have fantastic contacts within various sports organisations, which allowed me to get a rare placement within a Premiership rugby club."

Course Content

All modules have a credit value of 20, except for the research project which has a credit value of 60. All modules are assessed by a variety of both written and oral forms of assessment. In order to qualify for the Certificate, students will be required to achieve 60 credits and for the Diploma 120 credits. For the degree of Master of Science, students will be required to achieve 180 credits, 60 of which will be the Research project.

Module Information
› Professional and Counselling Skills
› Psychological Skills 1
› Research Methods
› Psychological Skills 2
› Applied Motor Skills
› Social Psychology of Sport: Interpersonal and Group Processes
› Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

The specific focus of the programme on applied sport psychology enables students to focus their understanding and skills to enhance their opportunities for employment within the sport and performance sectors.

The options on completion of the MSc are wide ranging but include moving into supervised experiences through internships or development programmes, progressing into teaching or research positions within higher education as well as building skills towards business ventures in the applied psychology field.

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The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise. Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease. Read more
The proportion of adults living in the UK categorised as obese continues to rise...

Current data from The Health Survey for England suggests that a quarter of adults are obese, predisposing them to greater risk of diabetes, cancer and coronary heart disease.

In an attempt to reduce levels of obesity and other diet related health problems numerous government initiatives have been launched such as Healthy Lives, Healthy People; the National Child Measurement Programme; the Public Health Responsibility Deal and the Change4Life campaign, with the aim of preventing people from becoming overweight by encouraging them to eat healthily and move more.

Increased awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and the association between diet and health at all stages of life has led to a growth of public interest in the subject of nutrition.

Why St Mary's?

The course has been designed to enable students to continue working along side their studies. They will only attend St Mary’s University for one day a week (plus two intensive weeks).

The programme is mapped against the Competency Requirements for Course Accreditation outlined by The Association for Nutrition (AfN). This accreditation allows successful MSc students direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register for Nutritionists (UKVRN).

Teaching and Assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are employed. There is a considerable amount of student involvement in sessions and great emphasis is placed on developing communication skills.

Students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work outside formal contact hours. Assessment for most of the modules is through coursework.

Career Prospects

In today’s market place, employers are seeking staff who are suitably skilled and qualified to undertake their roles and responsibilities.

The MSc in Human Nutrition provides students with the theoretical underpinning together with relevant practical skills to enable them to practice in the fields of nutrition and public health.

In addition, once the course has been accredited it will provide students direct entry on to The UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN).

The MSc/PG Diploma programme in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue careers in:
-Community nutrition
-Primary care trusts
-Food advocacy
-Public health and health promotion organisations
-Teaching in further and higher education institution

The PG Certificate in Human Nutrition is suitable for individuals wishing to develop their nutritional knowledge and for Continued Professional Development.

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Over the past decade, the impact that nutrition has on athletic performance has become increasingly clear. Postgraduate study in Applied Sports Nutrition will not only upgrade your academic and professional skills, but allow you to practice skills and competencies needed to work as a sports nutrition practitioner. Read more
Over the past decade, the impact that nutrition has on athletic performance has become increasingly clear.

Postgraduate study in Applied Sports Nutrition will not only upgrade your academic and professional skills, but allow you to practice skills and competencies needed to work as a sports nutrition practitioner.

There is currently a high demand for specialisation in the field of applied sports and exercise nutrition. This high demand has partly been driven by employers seeking nutritionists who work within sport to have a higher specialist degree, the continued professional development requirements from professional bodies and be on the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr).

Why St Mary's?

Applied Sports Nutrition at St Mary’s is delivered by an effective mix of experienced sports nutrition practitioners and academics, ensuring practical skills and competencies are enhanced.

The course is accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) as one of their approved programmes and facilitates the preparation of those wanting to join the Register. Practical experience opportunities are encouraged throughout the degree.

The unique weekend and block-week timetable at St Mary’s means students can organise study around their personal schedule of work and leisure. This allows students to have a good work/life balance whilst undertaking this course.

The University is arguably one of London's top performing sports institutions, providing a comprehensive sports development programme that focuses on performance sport, coaching, events and recreational opportunities.

Course Content

This degree has been accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) as an approved programme.

The MSc in Applied Sports Nutrition is achieved through the completion of 180 credits: 120 from the taught modules as below and a further 60 credits for the dissertation.

Depending on your initial academic background you will take one of the following two modules:
› Principles of Human Nutrition
› Physiology and Metabolism of Exercise

The following modules are core unless specified:
› Sports Nutrition (20 credits)
› Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits)
› Special Populations - Applied Sports Nutrition (20 credits)
› Advanced Anthropometry (20 credits)
› Research Methods and Statistics (20 credits)
› Major Independent Research Project (60 credits) (MSc only)

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

The MSc / PG Diploma / PG Certificate programme is suitable for individuals wishing to pursue a career in applied sports nutrition. The programme has been designed around a range of specialist modules to develop core knowledge and applied skills in the area of sport nutrition

The programme ensures that students will be enabled to gain professional skills related to both interpersonal communication, rapport development and working in a one to one consultancy situation as well as working with groups, teams and coaches. The programme also incorporates the application of knowledge specifically related to practical situations. Individuals can study on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Former students have gained employment with Welsh Institute of sport/Leinster Rugby as well as own nutrition consultancy business.

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The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition. Read more
The MSc in Nutrition and Genetics aims to educate students in molecular biology principles that explain the interactions between human DNA and nutrition.

Why study Nutrition and Genetics?

The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the progress, advantages and limitations of personalised nutrition. Finally, the programme will provide students with the necessary practical skills associated with molecular nutrition techniques.

NHS England states that “the shift to personalised medicine is already underway” and the NHS National Genetics and Genomics Education Centre has developed specific learning outcomes that need to be achieved by currently practising and future dietitians.

Freelance dietitians and nutritionists already feel the need to include elements of genetics and personalised nutrition in their consultations. An extensive market analysis on consumer trends (DataMonitor) showed that one of the main food-consumer “mega” trends is that people of all ages are more proactively addressing their health in a more personalised manner. The UK is one of the leading countries in consumer rates who consider the idea of using genetics in nutritional advice.

Why St Mary's?

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is the first and only university in the UK that offers a degree in Nutrition and Genetics. Teaching staff at St Mary’s have great experience teaching Nutrition and they also conduct research in the field of Nutrition and Genetics. St Mary’s University has been ranked as the top London university for student experience and we are proud of the excellent tutoring support we offer. The specific programme offers the opportunity for students to carry out their Research Project at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme.

Course Content

What you will study
-Principles of molecular biology
-Genetics in health and disease
-Nutrient-gene interactions
-Genetics and personalised nutrition
-Applied personalised nutrition
-Genetic tests in nutrition
-Research Project

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Nutrition and Genetics will have gained an expertise in incorporating elements of genetic profiling in nutritional and dietary assessments and regimes. Also, graduates of this programme will be in a unique position to work for (or with) companies that offer genotyping services; such companies are becoming increasingly popular, creating the need for such expertise.

Finally, the specific degree is the ideal platform for a career in research considering that graduates will be in the advantageous position to combine two distinct scientific disciplines (Nutrition and Genetics).

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This physiotherapy degree seeks to educate students in the management and care of individuals with a range of long-term conditions or musculoskeletal injury. Read more
This physiotherapy degree seeks to educate students in the management and care of individuals with a range of long-term conditions or musculoskeletal injury.

Our Master's degree in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage patients suffering from a range of conditions or musculoskeletal injuries, from the acute stage through to return to sport or activity. This includes working as part of a multidisciplinary team in the care of different patients.

There is currently a high demand for provision of physiotherapists across all areas of knowledge working in different settings. This demand is from the NHS both in primary care settings and community-based provision, local authority projects, sports, and private practice.

The MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) degree is a two-year taught programme with the addition of 1,000 placement hours that must be completed during the two years. The first year of the programme will contain the taught elements of the course with the placement starting in the second year.

Why St Mary’s?

The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of physiological, biomechanical, anatomical and psychosocial principles. Our teaching staff have a vast amount of experience working with patients in a wide range of settings with various conditions. The structure of the course embeds placements into the programme, allowing you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The programme enables you to observe and work with healthcare professionals working in healthcare and clinical settings providing an insight into the demands of the profession and the roles you could fulfil upon graduating.

The Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) programme has specialised teaching rooms designed to provide students with the vast array of clinical skills required. In addition to this, there is a student clinic where experience can be gained under the supervision of experienced, qualified professionals.

What you will study

This programme is currently going through its validation process. Students can expect to complete modules such as:
-Clinical Anatomy and Assessment
-Neurological, Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
-Applications of Exercise
-Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injury
-Professional Practice
-Placement
-Advanced Research Methods
-Dissertation

Teaching and Assessment

Modules are taught through blended learning activities including: lectures, practicals, seminars, placements and problem-based learning. This will be delivered during intensive teaching weeks spread throughout the academic year.

A wide variety of teaching approaches will be utilised, and students are expected to undertake a significant amount of work beyond the formal contact hours. Students are expected to actively engage in teaching sessions. Attention is given to the formative process that will encourage the development of key practical skills in assessment and critical thinking.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Physiotherapy (Pre-Registration) will be eligible to apply to join the CSP, the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Physiotherapy in this country. They will also be eligible to apply to join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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