Sport Nutrition



This upgrade to MSc course has been established specifically for students who already hold an International Olympic Committee (IOC) postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Key information

  • Degree type: MSc
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
  • Start date: September and March
  • Course Director: Dr Stuart Galloway

Sport Postgraduate Recruitment Team School of Sport
University of Stirling
+44 (0) 1786 466498

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Course objectives

The course provides high quality research training through planning, conducting and writing up a research project enabling those working in the field of Sport Nutrition to undertake, understand and inform others about research in their chosen area of study.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have met the entrance requirements for, and must have successfully completed, the IOC postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition. For information on how to enrol for the IOC diploma in Sports Nutrition please visit the following website:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (5.5 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Students are required to conduct a novel research project and write up a research report (dissertation) of 5,000-7,000 words in the form of a scientific journal paper.

The topic of research must be approved in advance by the School. For full-time candidates the project reports must be submitted within six months of entry onto the course. For part-time candidates these must be submitted within 12 months from date of entry onto the course.

The examiners may allow a research project which is deemed to be unsatisfactory to be revised and submitted for re-assessment within a specified time period.

A grade will be awarded for the research project written report. A grade will also be assigned to an oral presentation of the research upon submission of the project report. A question and answer examination with the external examiner will be required for all candidates.


  • Dissertation (SPSP30) (60 credits) Full-time
  • Dissertation (SPSP55) (60 credits) Part-time

Modes of study

MSc taken over six months (must be based in Stirling)

MSc taken over 12 months (can be based off-campus)*

*Off-campus study is possible in some cases. Students must contact the School if interested in studying off-campus.

Why Stirling?


In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

RAE rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), sports research at Stirling was ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top five in the UK, with 85 percent of publications classed as ‘International Level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

90.5% of Stirling graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Online application process

Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).



2016/17 Overseas £5,600
2016/17 Home/EU £4,100
2015/16 Overseas £5,500
2015/16 Home/EU £4,000
2014/15 Overseas £4,750
2014/15 Home/EU £3,200


You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

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