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Applied Sport & Exercise Nutrition

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.

Flexible Learning

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.'

See www.associationfornutrition.org

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.

Entry requirements

Honours Degree (H2.2) in any science or related health discipline

Duration

Eighteen months full-time

Careers or further progression

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise nutritionists in Europe are expanding all the time and this expansion appears likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Most sports now recognise nutritional science as an integral part of their sport's development and success and most athletes consider the application of sport and exercise nutrition as an important part of everyday preparation for training and competition.

'In the Know' provides a summary from the AfN of different career paths in the Nutrition field. Examples of careers from AfN-accredited degree programmes in the UK may be found at http://www.associationfornutrition.org/.

Examples of careers from AfN-accredited and SENr-accredited degree programmes in the UK include:

Sports Nutritionist
Exercise Nutritionist
Exercise Physiologist
Health Promotion Specialist
Lecturer in Higher Education
Performance Nutritionist
Researcher
New product development technologist
Sports Development Officer
Self-employment (as a consultant, contractor or entrepreneur)

In the UK typical employers include:

Food standards agency
Government advisory groups
Government agencies
Local authorities
National disease prevention initiatives
National research groups and health promotion initiatives
National sporting associations, governing bodies and other related sporting agencies
Private health and fitness clubs, spas and public sports and recreation facilities
Professional sports clubs
Schools, further education and higher education institutions
The health sector, including the National Health Service (NHS)

Similar job opportunities are available throughout Europe and the US.

Graduates will be eligible to pursue research PhD programmes in Nutrition and related areas.

Further enquiries

Dr. Lisa Ryan
Email: lisa.ryan@gmit.ie
Tel: +353 (0)91 742556

Nóra Ní Fhlannagáin
Email: Nora.NiFhlannagain@gmit.ie

Subjects taught

Human Nutrition (5 credits)
Sport and Exercise Physiology (5 credits)
Sport and Exercise Nutrition in Practice 1 (10 credits)
Research Methods (10 credits)
Advanced Sport and Exercise Nutrition (10 credits)
Sport and Exercise Nutrition in Practice 2 (10 credits)
Laboratory Techniques in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (10 credits)
Research Project (30 credits)

Comment

Work Placement is included.

All students will require Garda Vetting.

Some overnight stays in Galway will be necessary for the practical sessions.

Application date

Apply direct to GMIT

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