What dietary requirements does a professional footballer need to take his game to the next level? Which foods does a 100m sprinter need to refuel after a race? What exercise would suit someone with a heart condition?
The global trend in the manipulation of nutrient intake to enhance performance and the health of exercising individuals has grown exponentially. Matching the physiological demands with relevant dietary needs is a fast-growing area of sport nutrition. All of these factors are creating the demand for dynamic, innovative nutrition graduates.
We’ve designed our Sport and Exercise Nutrition course to address the increasing awareness of the impact of nutrition on sport and exercise performance and the growing need for employment in the area.
You’ll examine the complex relationships between diet, health, physical wellbeing and performance whilst also gaining experience in the skills required to work in the field of sport and exercise, such as providing specialist advice on healthy eating, conducting dietary surveys and being an advocate of change.
Features and Benefits
Employability- You’ll gain valuable practical experience of working with athletes, professional and amateur sports clubs, and community and public health settings.
Approved course- You can apply for direct entry to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) as an Associate Registered Nutritionist (ANutr) when you graduate.
Outstanding facilities- You’ll have access to our extensive industry standard practical facilities, which include physiology labs, performance suites, and product development kitchens.
Extra curricular activities- You can join MetMunch, an award-winning, student-led sustainability and outreach programme.
As a department, we have strong links with sports teams across the city and Greater Manchester. These links provide students with opportunities to work with athletes in various sports to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in their chosen field." Helen Seppanen, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition
"Our current courses, BSc Nutritional Sciences and Bsc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, are both accredited by the Association of Nutrition and will provide you with the skills you will need to establish a successful career within this exciting area."
Anne Turner, Programme Lead (Food and Nutrition)
Both of our nutrition courses are accredited by the Association for Nutrition. When you graduate, you’ll have the right to apply for direct entry at Associate level to the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists.
Our nutrition courses help to prepare you for a variety of opportunities within the field of food and nutrition, from public health and product development to working with sports teams.
Some of our current students have gained work experience with Manchester City FC and Manchester City Council. From working with an elite athlete or a community sports team to a public health initiative on physical activity, you could work in a variety of sport and exercise settings as a nutritionist. Previous students from our department have gone into roles such as a health trainer, performance nutritionist or sports dietitian.
A minimum of 112 Tariff Points from GCE A Level at Grades BBC or acceptable alternatives (e.g. BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma D*D*). To include a Science subject at A2, we do not accept Health & Social Care. BTEC's with a significant science focus may be considered.
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE English Language and Mathematics grade C or grade 4.
Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills) may be considered.
Non Tariffed Qualifications
Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff Points to include a minimum of 24 credits at Merit in a hard Science i.e. Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
From September 2015, applicants undertaking A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be expected to pass the Science Practical assessment.
MetMunch is an award-winning, student-led social enterprise network and they’re based here at Manchester Met. The students who make up MetMunch are passionate about sustainable healthy eating and nutritious food. They take the knowledge they learn in lectures and help students and the public to learn about healthy eating.
MetMunch educate, inform and entertain through food and fun, providing skills and training to promote health, wellness and wellbeing.
Sport and Exercise Nutrition gives you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills in food science and manufacturing so you are able to advise on diet, evaluate treatments, write health reports and analyse food.
Throughout the three years, you’ll look at the issues that make the headlines and the topics that touch our everyday lives. While our relationship with food has never had a higher profile in the public sphere, the food industry is constantly adapting to new consumer trends and developments.
In your first year of study, you’ll be introduced to general nutrition topics and cover contemporary issues such as, how food nutrients change when they are processed, the principles of human physiology and how nutrition and physical activity are connected.
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The Chemistry of Food
This unit covers the molecules and chemical behaviour of nutrients in food. You will analyse a food of your choice and report on its composition.
Principles of Nutrition and Food
This unit introduces food nutrients, food ingredients and their changes occurring in processing. It also covers the principles underpinning food processing and food physical and sensory testing for quality evaluation. Weekly lectures will introduce the food nutrients, food ingredients and their changes in processing. The principles of food processing and food physical and sensory testing for quality evaluation will be also covered. In 13 three-hour practicals, you will develop food processing techniques for a series of major food commodities, e.g. bread, burger and ice cream and food physical and sensory testing techniques for quality evaluation.
The Systems Physiology unit introduces you to the principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.
Nutrition for Exercise and Health
This unit will provide an introduction to a broad range of topics related to nutrition and physical activity. It will also allow you to become familiar with current issues in nutrition, physical activity and health.
In your second year, you’ll cover specialist sport and exercise nutrition topics, such as the effect of carbohydrates and dietary supplements on performance, the relationship between health and sport performance and the subsequent nutritional implications and the measurement of sports performance.
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Human Metabolism and Biochemistry
Biochemistry is chemistry of biological processes. This unit stresses the importance of biochemical processes involved in human metabolism and genetics, therefore linking directly to human nutrition.
Applied Nutrition and Assessment Methods
Applied nutrition explains the link between nutritional intake and common nutritional disorders. Assessment methods will introduce you to practical solutions to determine the nutritional status of individuals.
This unit will provide an introduction to a broad range of topics related to nutrition, sport and exercise performance. It will cover the relationships between diet, nutrition and performance.
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Nutrition
This unit will enable you to develop key skills in nutritional practice with emphasis on research methods, professional practice and communication, thus enabling development of your career plan.
To enable you to develop key skills in nutritional practice with emphasis on research methods, professional practice and communication, thus enabling development of your career plan.
Your third year of study is all about giving you the confidence to become an independent nutrition practitioner. You will gain the confidence to utilise nutrition evidence and use your transferable skills in research during your honours project. In addition to this, the selection of optional units enables the development of skills in chosen areas of public health, health promotion, clinical nutrition or aspects of food science.
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Consists of an 18,000-20,000 word dissertation on a subject that reflects your studies.
Performance Nutrition: Research and Practice
This unit will cover a range of research involving sport and exercise nutrition. It will incorporate critical analysis of current developments in sports nutrition science, policies and practices within the field of sport, nutrition and health.
Nutrition in Health and Disease
Unit combining biochemistry and epidemiology in nutrition (the research evidence linking diet and health issues).
This unit will enable you to recognise the key concepts in health promotion and develop an understanding of the theories which underpin health interventions and your practical application in public health.
This unit will focus on the main principles and practice of exercise testing and prescription in physical activity and health applications.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Year 125% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 225% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 325% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
Year 165% coursework; 35% exam
Year 265% coursework; 35% exam
Year 365% coursework; 35% exam
There is an optional placement year available on this course which allows students to gain fantastic experience to start their careers.
Department of Health Professions
Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.
The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international students
Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Students often choose to buy a laptop (approximately £500 but could be more depending on the model) in their first year however there are PCs in campus and students can borrow laptops from the University. Many students also choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course but all the books will be available from the library.
Any field trips are entirely optional. There is the option of taking a placement year. Costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately.
There is the possibility of an optional ISAK qualification at level 5 which will may incur a charge. We are awaiting confirmation at the time of this publication.
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