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Nutrition for Sport and Exercise - MSc/PgD/PgC


Key Facts

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
MSc/PgD: 2 years part time 
PgC: 1 year part time

Course Overview

Nutrition improves performance; whether in elite sport, amateur fitness or exercise among the general population.  This course will enable you to gain the evidence-based knowledge and skills needed to become a professional Sports and Exercise Nutritionist.  The course has been designed to enable you to join the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), the professional register for qualified sports and exercise nutritionists in the UK.

You'll be taught by experienced registered SENr practitioners to ensure you enter the workplace with the skills you need to positively impact performance of whoever you are working with.

Please note: MSc Nutrition for Sport and Exercise is not running for September 2020 entry and will therefore not be accepting applications. The next intake for this course will be for September 2021 entry.

​Course Content​​

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) - Year 1
Fundamentals Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
Applied Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
Specialist Nutrition for Sport and Exercise

Postgraduate Diploma (PgD)/MSc - Year 2
Applied research methods
Professional nutrition practice 
Extended professional nutrition practice 
Research project 

Learning & Teaching​

The course is primarily designed to be studied part time through blended learning. Each module is taught using a combination of interactive distance learning and a 2-3 day block of face-to-face teaching here on campus. Students tell us they really value the flexibility of this approach enabling them to combine their studies alongside other commitments.

We take full advantage of our excellent facilities during the campus teaching blocks. You will have lots of supervised experience devising meal plans in our consumer kitchen, fitness testing in our exercise physiology labs, consultation skills in our clinic rooms and anthropometrics practicals.


Assessment is varied to allow you to develop the broad range of skills required for professional registration. The majority of modules are assessed using written coursework with some elements assessed via practicals and verbal presentations. You will not have to attend university campus to undertake any traditional written exams.  

Employability & Careers​

Vocation modules in professional practice enable students to work with selected sports teams, clubs and individuals to improve their performance with nutrition. This is undertaken in a flexible manner to fit with the interests and career aspirations of each individual student. All work is supervised closely by registered practitioners to ensure clear skills development within the SENr code of prifessional conduct.

The course has been designed to enable you to join the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), the professional register for qualified sports and exercise nutritionists. This is an important quality maker which recognises that your skills and knowledge have been benchmarked against those required in this competitive job market.

Some graduates will go onto work with elite sport but many will apply their skills to a wider range of individuals including amateur sport and promoting good nutrition to improve health in the wider population. There is a strong emphasis on transferable skills throughout the course, for example dietary assessment and consultation skills.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Applicants should have at least a second class honours degree in nutrition, dietetics, sports science, human biology, exercise physiology or equivalent.

International Applicants:
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.5 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

 Selection Procedure:
Applicants are assessed against the eligibility criteria mentioned above through completion of an application form.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

If you are interested in using credit from another institution, or have obtained qualifications and/or experience to study for a course at Cardiff Met,  you can find further information on this as well as information on how to apply on the RPL page.

Additional Information

Accredited by:
This course has been designed to meet the standards for professional Sports and Exercise Nutritionists as set by the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) professional body.  SENr accreditation is planned for 2020.  Graduates from a SENr accredited postgraduate course are eligible for direct entry to the Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register        

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to

Place of Study: 
Blended learning – interactive distance learning and on campus 2-3 day teaching blocks

Course Length:
MSc/Postgraduate Diploma: 2 years part time 
Postgraduate Certificate: 1 year part time

Part-time fees:
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits

Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly. 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Hilary Wickett: Email:

Tel: 029 2041 6877

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