You will explore the interaction between applied sports nutrition, ergogenic aids / supplementation, the role of nutrition in central fatigue and dietary assessment, for the elite athletes.
Your focus will be on developing research expertise both practical and empirical skills that are transferable across industry, sport and health sectors. You'll also learn how to communicate key information to relevant sport industry partners.
The aim is to develop and submit work of publishable quality which will take the form of a project conducted over the entire year of study. The Performance Nutrition postgraduate degree can be studied to improve your prospects in a sport-related career in industry but it is also a great stepping stone to a PhD.
Our graduates have pursued careers in sports marketing, sports rehabilitation and sport psychology research
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What you'll study
You will undertake four modules, which will include an extensive research project. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.
Sport Science Research Methods (15 cp) - You will learn how to design and conduct a research project including a proposal, ethical approval, methodological design and writing for publications. You will develop your skills in the use of software packages for statistical analysis of data and be introduced to qualitative data analysis.
Sport Science in Action (15 cp) - This module aims to enhance your employability providing the relevant knowledge and practical skills for your chosen field. The module includes a variety of teaching methods and sessions aimed at developing you as a practitioner and researcher.
Sport Research Project (120 cp) - As the core aspect for the Masters by Research (MRes) you will undertake an extensive research project sport or exercise nutrition, under the supervision of our expert staff. You will design and conduct the necessary theoretical and practical research work, and present the findings in the formats of a scientific paper and poster.
Current Topics in Performance Nutrition (30 cp) - This module examines the growing area of research exploring the interaction between nutrition and athletic performance. Emphasis will be placed upon exploring emerging theories and concepts with the use of recent primary research, with topics including applied sports nutrition, ergogenic aids / supplementation, the role of nutrition in central fatigue and dietary assessment and design for the elite athlete.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
What you'll study
Based at the Clifton Campus, Sport students are primarily based in the Eramus Darwin and CELS buildings.
We offer outstanding facilities such as the Sports Science Environmental Chamber, which is British Olympic Association Approved, and 3-dimensional imaging equipment used to digitally capture human motion for technique analysis.
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
You will experience a mixture of seminars, lectures, laboratories and you will also have several opportunities to present in front of peers and academic staff.
- oral presentations
- poster presentations
- presenting your findings in the format of a journal article
- an applied consultancy task.
Careers and employability
Graduates of the MRes have pursued careers in:
- sports nutrition
- sports marketing and management
- sports injury and rehabilitation
- sport psychology research.
Who our graduates are working for
Employers have included Manchester United FC, Northumbria University, Institute of Youth Sport, Kings College and The English Institute of Sport.
This Performance Nutrition postgraduate degree can provide a platform for students who are considering a PhD, and want to gain further experience and relevant qualifications before committing to a research degree.
This course does not currently offer placements.