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

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • Start date:

    On the 1st of any calendar month.

  • Course Director: Dr Oliver Witard
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Sport Postgraduate Recruitment Team

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK

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 have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements

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.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

2017/18 Overseas £5,850
2017/18 Home/EU £4,100


2018/19 Overseas £6,100
2018/19 Home/EU £4,100


Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

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Payment options

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Scholarships & funding

SAAS Postgraduate Loans

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is now offering a generous loan scheme to assist eligible Scottish and EU-domiciled students pursuing a Masters at the University of Stirling during 2018/19. Find out more about SAAS Postgraduate Loans

Financial information

Find out more about funding your studies and meeting your living costs while working towards another degree.

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Students are required to conduct a novel research project and write up a research report (dissertation) of 3,000-5,000 words in the form of a scientific journal paper.

The topic of research must be approved in advance by the Faculty. 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 (SPSP030) (60 credits) Full-time
  • Dissertation (SPSP055) (60 credits) Part-time

Modes of study

Enrolment for this course is available on the first of each month.

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

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

*Off-campus study for part-time students may be possible in some cases if a suitable project can be agreed. Students must contact the Faculty if interested in studying off-campus.

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