NEW 18 month full-time Masters conversion programme specialising in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Includes work placement. Part-time options also available.
Within the past decade, there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sport and exercise nutritionists as well as an enhanced interest in nutrition to complement other job roles in the sport and exercise science field.
This Masters programme is designed to provide students with a sound grounding in the scientific method in the context of sport and exercise nutrition. Key areas of study include physiology, nutrition and metabolism with a focus on practical application of sport and exercise nutrition.
All students will complete a sport and exercise nutrition work placement and a hypothesis driven research project.
Employment opportunities exist at a local, regional, national and international level.
The blended nature of the delivery of the programme (i.e. some face-to-face sessions and some online lectures) with the majority of the content being delivered online means that the programme is suitable for students both nationally and internationally.
What is a Sports and Exercise Nutritionist?
Sport and Exercise Nutrition is the application of scientific and nutritional principles in order to understand and enhance sport and exercise performance and health and well-being.
The Association for Nutrition (AfN) define Sport and Exercise Nutritionist roles as:
'Sports and Exercise Nutritionists develop, implement and evaluate nutritional strategies to optimise performance in sport and exercise.
They determine the energy, fluid and nutrient demands of sport and exercise and provide tailored dietary advice to individuals and groups, ranging from recreational athletes, enthusiastic amateurs to elite professional athletes.
They may also work for and in the sports nutrition industry e.g. producing products for athletes of all ability levels, or may work in education, be academics or researchers.'
This Masters programme has been designed to prepare students with the requisite level of understanding, knowledge, and skills to work within sport and exercise nutrition contexts.
Unique in Ireland
There is no course in Ireland currently specialising in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. The course is offered as a conversion programme for students that have previously completed science or health-based undergraduate degrees. It therefore gives students the opportunity to specialise in Sport and Exercise Nutrition.