MRes

Performance Nutrition

Performance Nutrition
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years part-time

There has been growing interest in the importance of nutrition and how it impacts competitive performance and at a general populace level. You'll look at the importance of nutrition for optimising human performance and reducing the risk of injury and illness. 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.

  • Modules

    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.

  • Key stats

    • 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)

Course specification

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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.

Assessment includes:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree  (minimum 2.1) in a sport science related subject including biology and biochemistry.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

  • UK honours degree  (minimum 2.1) in a sport science related subject including biology and biochemistry.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,000£14,500
Part-time£TBC (for Year One*)
£TBC (for Year Two)
 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£2,600 (for Year One*)
£5,200 (for Year Two)
 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,000£14,500
Part-time£TBC (for Year One*)
£TBC (for Year Two)
 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Course fees for September 2018 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Part-time£2,600 (for Year One*)
£5,200 (for Year Two)
 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

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