Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science BSc (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: C6B4|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
About the course
Nutrition and exercise are the most fundamental components of a healthy lifestyle, with inappropriate nutrition and/or insufficient exercise being the most common causes of a wide range of disease. At the same time, correct nutrition is essential for supporting and maximising sports performance and training adaptations. Our degree in Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science is therefore ideal for those with in interests in both of these fields as a future career. You will gain the knowledge, skills and experience with which to forge a career working with clinical populations or elite sports performers.
You will develop the essential knowledge, understanding and skills that a nutritionist requires, with a focus on the delivery of five core competencies (Nutritional science, Food chain, Social and behaviour sciences, Health and well-being and Professional conduct). You will learn the skills needed to become a sports scientist, with an understanding of how to maximise sports performance while focusing on psychology, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, nutrition and strength & conditioning.
Study with us and you will have full access to the multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art Health Science Building and Sports Complex, incorporating dedicated research space and specialised nutrition teaching laboratories focused around clinical nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, food sensory analysis and food product development. The facility also houses ultra-modern equipment where you will learn to conduct complete physiological, biochemical and anthropometric assessment using indirect calorimetry, breath-by-breath expired gas analysis, blood analysis, vascular and cardiac screening, body composition analysis, eye-tracking, electromyography and motion capture, to name but a few.
You will leave with the skills to become a nutritionist and a sports scientist, able to work in public health settings providing specialist advice for populations at risk of non-communicable disease or support and coach elite sports performers. You will be taught by tutors who are active researchers in the field of Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science, all of whom regularly publish their work in the scientific literature that you will read as you progress through your degree.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also have the opportunity to speak one-to-one with your tutor each week.
In your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend approximately 30 hours studying independently for each week of your course, including studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment of your progress is made primarily via coursework, but with two exams in the Summer term being taken each year. These exams are worth 33% of the first year and 25% of the second and third years.
A wide variety of assessments are used to enable all types of learners to excel and to prepare you for your future career. We therefore utilise individual and group presentations, laboratory reports, portfolios, case studies, essays and practical tests.
In your final year, you will complete a research project or research dissertation a research topic that you will discuss with one of the teaching team. Though guided by your tutor and normally related to your other areas of study, you will have a significant degree of independence in choosing the topic for your dissertation. In some cases, these research dissertations have been presented at scientific conferences and recognised internationally as important pieces of research in the field.
We support our students by ensuring the marking criteria is available in advance, with specific taught sessions dedicated to understanding the requirements for all of our assessment. Following submission, we provide a comprehensive, online package of feedback and future support for every piece of coursework. This can be downloaded wherever you are and saved for future reference.
Introduction to Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science
Your first year introduces you to the key disciplines that underpin nutrition and sport and exercise sciences. You will primarily study principles of human nutrition and exercise physiology & the measurement of physical activity and its relationship with health.
Topics studied include:
- Macronutrients and Micronutrients
- Nutrient Composition of Foods and Dietary Analysis
- Fluid and Energy Balance
- Alcohol and Non-nutritive Substances
- Diet Modification
- Exercise Physiology
- Physical Activity and Health
- Principles of Muscular Strength and Conditioning
Explorations in Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science
Your second year builds on knowledge gained in the first year to develop further knowledge in applied nutrition and the physiology of exercise, with a focus on the scientific principles of designing a training programme and maximising its outcome.
Topics studied include:
- Assessment of Nutritional Status
- Nutrition and Lifecycle
- Genes and Obesity
- Food Enrichment and Fortification
- Basic Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health Nutrition
- Physiology of Exercise Training
- Training Programme Design
- Measuring Exercise and Sports Performance
- Paediatric Exercise and Health
- Public Health and Health Promotion
Advance Studies in Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science
In your final year, you will focus on the advanced understanding of human nutrition, and study the extremes of sport & exercise science, from pushing the “marginal gains” of sports performance to prescribing exercise for health-related benefits
Topics studied include:
- Nutrition, Physical Activity and Sport
- Obesity and Weight Management
- Clinical Nutrition
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food Choice and Behaviour Modification of Dietary intake
- Advanced Studies in Sports Performance
- Motor Control
- Physical Activity, Health and Special Populations
- Research Dissertation
Graduates of Nutrition and Sport & Exercise science can work in a wide range of careers; examples include working for NHS, Sport Nutrition and supplement industries, or taking public health roles. Graduates can go on to work as Sports Scientists within elite and professional sport or work on local initiatives to improve the sport provision, health and well-being of local populations. Each of these options provides a varied, rewarding and often exciting career.
Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study at postgraduate level, such as a Masters or PhD. Alternatively, you may consider further study as a means to a career in research and academia. Therefore, our graduates often enter careers in Business, Management and Consultancy.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £250 to purchase key textbooks during the course of your degree.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.