MSc Sport Nutrition

Convert your International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma in sports nutrition into a Masters, and delve deeper into the science behind the subject at the University of Stirling.

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc
  • Start date 1st of any month
  • Duration MSc full-time: 6 months, MSc part-time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Overview

Sport nutrition is an increasingly vital part of elite sport and there has never been a better time to specialise, as recreational competitive sport and elite performance sport grow increasingly popular in the UK. The University of Stirling is one of only six universities worldwide approved to provide this Masters conversion course in sports nutrition.

This Masters degree focuses on the science behind sports nutrition and is designed specifically for students who already have an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in sports nutrition and want to further their knowledge.

To complete the course, you’ll be asked to plan, conduct and write a research project in Sports Nutrition, and you’ll receive high-quality training and support from our expert staff as you study. By the time you graduate, you’ll have an even greater knowledge of sports nutrition and a clear understanding of how to put your research into practice.

 

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

This course is designed to expand on the knowledge you’ve acquired whilst studying for your IOC Sports Nutrition diploma. You’ll complete a research project on an approved topic of your choice while gaining a deeper understanding of the science behind the subject, a broader network of expertise and an enhanced ability to share your findings with the wider world.

Faculty facilities

The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and our Faculty facilities include a suite of laboratories dedicated to Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition research. We’re home to the National Swimming Academy, the GB National Tennis Academy and Triathlon Scotland and and we recently invested £20 million in our outstanding sports facilities.

We’re consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK for our sports facilities, making Stirling the perfect destination if you’re studying sport or the science behind it.

Find out more about our sporting facilities.

Research overview

The University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport was ranked 1st in Scotland for Sport research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014). 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the IOC postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition.

English language requirements

If you have successfully completed the IOC postgraduate diploma in Sports Nutrition, you will have already met the English language requirements for our MSc Sport Nutrition.

If you are from India, Bangladesh, Ghana or Nigeria please also check your country/region specific page for any additional, or changes to, English language requirements.

For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

Course details

Our MSc Sport Nutrition enables you to convert your IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition into a Masters degree by completing an in-depth research project.

Modules

The module information below is intended only as an example of what you may study and features details for the current academic year (2021/22). Modules are regularly reviewed and are subject to future changes.

Course Details

Teaching

This course consists of a single project module, which can be completed full-time over a 6-month period or part-time over 12 months. Full-time students have to be based in Stirling, but part-time students can complete the course off-campus.

To complete your project, you’ll conduct independent research into your chosen topic and take advantage of our world-class sports facilities, labs and expertise.

Assessment

You’ll conduct a research project and share your findings in a manuscript style write-up of 3,000-5,000 words. A grade will be awarded for the project write-up, as well as for a 15 minute oral presentation given to coincide with its submission. A question and answer session with our wider research group will also form part of your assessment

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Fees and funding

Fees and costs

  2021/22 2022/23
Students from the UK£4,100£4,600
Students from the Republic of Ireland£4,100£4,600
Overseas (non-EU) students£7,075£7,575
European Union students£7,075£7,575

Students from the UK

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Tuition fee loans

Scottish students may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for loans of up to £10,000 to cover tuition fees and associated living costs.

English students can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 each year as part of the Postgraduate Masters Loan Scheme.

Welsh students can apply for financial support of up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan from Student Finance Wales.

Northern Irish students can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 from Student Finance NI.

Students from the Republic of Ireland

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study or repeat study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

EU Postgraduate Scholarship

Eligible EU students will automatically receive our EU Postgraduate Scholarship, which provides a 40% fee discount on full-time postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you will be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

We offer a range of funding options for overseas students.

Course fees

Fees shown are for a full-time, one-year Masters course.

If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for additional fees.

If you are studying part time, the total course fee will be split over the years that you study. The total fee will remain the same and will be held at the rate set in your year of entry.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Additional costs

There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

Scholarships and funding

If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

Cost of living

If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

European Union and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

After you graduate

A sports nutrition degree from the University of Stirling will ensure you are well qualified to work within a number of different sporting environments. From national and international sports teams and governing bodies, to private gyms and sport and exercise organisations, you’ll leave Stirling fully equipped with the skills you need to succeed and to apply research into your practice.

  • Capitalise on the growing opportunities available to qualified sports nutritionists
  • Take advantage of Stirling’s international reputation for sporting excellence
  • 96% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study within fifteen months of graduating (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020, HESA)

Sports nutrition courses like ours can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Your knowledge in the subject can be applied to help athletes make optimal gains, reduce their risk of injury and illness, and consistently achieve high performance levels.

Employability skills

Your studies at the University of Stirling will give you the opportunity to refine your expertise in sports nutrition. You’ll not only learn more about conducting research and communicating it effectively, you’ll also establish meaningful connections with leading academics in the field. The University has a proven track record for getting students career-ready, and all of the skills, knowledge and connections you acquire during your time here will help to make you more employable.

What our students said

Hannah Sheridan
Hannah Sheridan
England
MSc Sport Nutrition
I would definitely say the Msc at Stirling helped with employment success but also put me in a good position to continue further study, if I decide to go back into research.
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Alina Petre
MSc Sport Nutrition
My time at the University of Stirling has also broadened my professional network, specifically in the sport science field. I now personally know experts whom I can email and discuss ideas with and I have also met fellow sport nutrition professionals.
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