Exercise and Nutrition Science

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

This popular and market-led Master's course commenced in 1993, it is highly flexible, allowing students to study full or part time to suit personal and work commitments. This is achieved through each module being delivered in a three-day block, followed by eight weeks of campus or home-based learning.

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Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 1 Year full time or 2-4 Years part time (MSc/PG Dip), 1-2 Years part-time (PG Cert)
Start date September 2016

Why study Exercise and Nutrition Science at Chester?

The wide choice of taught modules, development of the practical application of exercise and nutrition theory and research skills opens up a diverse range of career opportunities for newly qualified graduates, facilitates progression and professional development for those already in their chosen career, or may help facilitate a career switch for others looking to work in this rapidly expanding area.


The aims of this postgraduate course are for students to develop:

  • a thorough understanding of the practical application of exercise and nutrition guidelines and theories to practice
  • a critical understanding of the concepts and controversies in exercise and nutrition science
  • a scientific and enquiring approach to the study of contemporary exercise and nutrition issues
  • research skills for the critical investigation of exercise and nutrition topics



  • A variety of module options means the course can be tailored to suit your needs.
  • The course is highly flexible, allowing you to study full time or part time to suit your personal and work commitments.
  • On completion graduates will possess many of the competences necessary to join the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register (SENr) or undertake BASES supervised experience to gain BASES accreditation.
  • Flexibility is achieved through the delivery of modules over three-day blocks followed by eight weeks of campus or home-based  learning. This allows students nationally and internationally to attend the programme, returning home following each module to complete their assessment.
  • The option to switch a maximum of two modules from this Master's course to those delivered on - MSc Weight Management or MSc Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation
  • There are no formal examinations. Assessment is via 4,000-word assignment or its equivalent (e.g. poster presentation).


Scholarships and Bursaries

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Apply Online

You can apply online for the Master's in Exercise and Nutrition Science course.

 Note: Please include the location for which you are applying in the 'Programme Title' field of the online application (example: Exercise and Nutrition Science - UK).


Fees* for 2016-17

UK & EU Students

  • Per Module: £540
  • Postgraduate Certificate: £1,620
  • Postgraduate Diploma £3,240
  • MSc: £4,860

Non-UK or Non-EU Students

  • MSc - £11,700
  • Module fee: £1,300

*The fee information is intended as a guide only

*Fees can be paid in full or in interest free monthly payments.

More information about Postgraduate Student Loans can be found here.

Taught Modular Course

The MSc course consists of six taught modules and a research project.

  • Each taught module involves attendance at a 20-hour, three-day course (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.15am to 5.00pm) followed by a period of campus or home-based learning and the submission of a 4,000-word written assignment, or its equivalent.
  • Taught modules are scheduled monthly.
  • Following completion of six taught modules, students commence a programme of personal research.


Students select six from the following modules:

The modules aim to enable you to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of fundamental and contemporary issues in relation to physical activity and health and nutrition in health and disease, as well as applying these principles to sporting populations. A variety of module options means the programme can be tailored to suit your needs.

  • Exercise and Health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physiology and Physical Performance
  • Science of Weight Control
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis (normally compulsory for MSc students)

Each taught module is assessed by a 4,000 word written assignment or its equivalent - e.g. poster presentation. There are no formal examinations.

Master's Research Project

Following the completion of six taught modules, MSc students are required to undertake a programme of personal research.

Projects are varied and can be directed to coincide with career aspirations or be work related.  Projects can be conducted in the well equiped laboratories at the University, in a place of work or in the home City or Country of the student.

The course was designed: (i) to provide postgraduate education and training opportunities for exercise, nutrition and health professionals; and (ii) to provide opportunities for those aspiring to work in this high profile field.

Career opportunities in this field are developing rapidly, below is just a sample of the positions our graduates have been successful in gaining:

  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Occupational physiologist
  • Sports / Exercise Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Lecturing/Teaching
  • Weight management
  • Food industry
  • Health promotion
  • Corporate health and fitness


Our MSc Students in Exercise and Nutrition Science say...

Student Profile - Sam Gill

My time at the University of Chester was rewarding both personally and professionally. I’ve remained in touch with several people from the course in both capacities.

I initially chose to study an MSc to enhance my career prospects and attempt to differentiate myself from the large pool of Sport and Exercise Sciences graduates leaving University at BSc level. I’d like to think I achieved that as my current employers openly told me at interview stage that my MSc was a key factor on my CV.

The monthly module format at Chester was perfect for me as it allowed me to support myself financially through a full-time job, and provided the time to pursue extracurricular activities to further enhance my CV. For example, I became a contributor to BASES magazine. The opportunity to sit a sports nutrition module under Professor Don MacLaren was great. And for the first time in my academic life, Dr Mike Morris managed to make me understand data analysis and statistics..

I now work in a full time Sports Nutrition Marketing role in the sports supplement industry, for one of the UK’s leading sports nutrition brands. This is my second successive role in this industry and I hope my MSc will be the backbone of a successful career in sports nutrition.

Student Profile - Chris Jones

After graduating from a degree in Health and Fitness Management, I was keen to continue developing a deeper understanding of the role that exercise and nutrition plays in health and wellbeing. Having looked around at a number of Master’s degrees, I decided to study for an MSc in Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Chester as it had a wide-ranging focus on exercise, nutrition and physiology. During my studies at Chester, I was able to develop a detailed understanding of exercise prescription, sports nutrition and physiology, and prevention of common health conditions.

At the end of my MSc, I graduated with a Distinction and applied to Nuffield Health for the role of Regional Clinical Lead (RCL) Physiologist. I have no doubt that having my MSc was one of the key reasons that I was offered the role, and the knowledge I gained has been an important factor in my progression from RCL, to Deputy Professional Head of Physiology and, 18 months ago, to Professional Head of Physiology. My role now involves acting as the Professional Head for a team of approximately 100 Health and Wellbeing Physiologists, overseeing all aspects of clinical governance, professional development and effectiveness.

Student Profile - John Hayton

Prior to the completion of my Master’s degree I was presented with a number of career opportunities, namely in clinical physiology and research – opportunities contingent on the experience I had gained in undertaking this programme. Influenced by the highly enjoyable and successful research I had conducted during my time in Chester, I decided to embark upon a PhD at Durham University where I also fulfil a role as a part-time teacher. I am currently in the closing stages of my PhD and hope to pursue an academic career in higher education.

The Master’s in Exercise and Nutrition Science provided me with strong research skills, sound subject knowledge and the practical expertise to operate in a variety of settings across a diverse range of populations, instilling in me the confidence to make the transition into a work-oriented environment. I thoroughly enjoyed both the programme and my time in Chester, and having my thesis research published was a great personal accomplishment for me.

The strengths of the course lie in its structure, the excellent provision of support materials and the quality contact time which provides the optimum balance of theory and practical content. Upon completing the MSc, the skills and knowledge I had gained offered me tangible routes into community and public health promotion, clinical exercise settings, performance sport, and research.

The course is open to candidates with a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a related subject area, or equivalent professional qualifications. Consideration will also be given to applicants with relevant work experience, background knowledge and skills.

Applications are invited from professions such as:

  • Sports Science
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Dietetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Food Industry
  • Health Promotion
  • Leisure/Fitness Industry
  • Teaching/Lecturing
  • Emergency Services (police, fire, ambulance, military)
  • Sport
  • Coaching
  • Physical Education


Apply Online

You can apply online for the Master's in Exercise and Nutrition Science course.

Note: Please include the location for which you are applying in the 'Programme Title' field of the online application (example: Exercise and Nutrition Science - UK).