BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Nutrition

She came second in the last race. To become fitter and faster, her diet needs to change. Help her to win.

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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.

Our Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree also provides the option of spending an extra year working in a partner organisation on placement. 

Features and Benefits

  • Choose a placement – The course offers real flexibility as you will enrol on the three year course and then decide if a placement study is right for you once you have started your studies, so you don’t have to decide now.  

  • 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

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"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)

Career Prospects

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.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


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.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any unit

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

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.

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Course details

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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Core Units

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.

Systems Physiology

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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Core Units

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.

Sports Nutrition

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.

Professional Practice

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.

In your third year of study, you can opt to complete a sandwich year with one of our industry partners. This will allow you to apply your theory and understanding of nutrition in a work environment, enhancing your employability once you have graduated. Some of our previous students have completed their placements at Nestlé and Cooperative Food.

During your placement year, the company you work for will supervise you but you will also have the support of an academic tutor. Your tutor will provide guidance, assess your progress, and monitor your welfare while you are away from Manchester Met.

Your fourth 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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Core Units


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).

Health Promotion

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.

Exercise Prescription

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:


Placement options

If you choose the sandwich year degree route, you will spend year three of your studies on a placement in industry.  Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work. 

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.

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Taught by experts

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.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

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: £16,500 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).

Additional Information

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The university offers computers with access to Adobe software that we use for teaching.

There is also a laptop loan service so whilst a personal laptop (preferably mac) is beneficial, it is not essential. Many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop.

Students may also need to print some of their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Level 3 CIEH training and assessment (£75) offered within the Physiology Health unit is optional. There are no other costs in first year. In second year, optional HACCP training (£75) is offered to Nutritional Sciences students. In final year, dissertation printing and binding will be required.

Placement Costs

For the placement year, costs vary hugely between countries and areas, so it is very important to research costs well ahead of time and budget accurately. The Level 6 field trip (£50) is entirely optional. Attendance at Food Matters Live for one day is optional and the cost is the cost of the travel to and from London.

Professional Costs


Other Costs

There is the possibility of an optional ISAK qualification at level 5 which will may incur a charge. We are awaiting confirmation.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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