Exercise and Nutrition Science (Dublin)

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

This topical and market-led Master's course commenced in 2004 and is delivered as a two-year part-time course in Dublin, allowing students to study alongside personal and work commitments. Students travel from all over Ireland for the series of six long weekend modules which is then followed by a period of home-based learning.

 

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Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 2 - 4 Years (MSc/PG Dip.), 1-2 years (PG Cert.) Part-time
Start date September 2016

Why study this course?

The wide range of topical modules covered, 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 practise
  • 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

 

Features: 

  • Provides postgraduate education and training opportunities for exercise, nutrition and health professionals, and provide opportunities for those aspiring to work in this high-profile field.
  • A part-time course with taught modules that are delivered in three-day blocks to facilitate attendance from students who are in employment or who travel nationally or internationally to attend the programe, returning home following each module to complete their assessment through distance learning.
  • This multidisciplinary programme attracts students from a wide age range and diverse array of backgrounds.
  • There are no formal examinations.

Scholarships and Bursaries for this course

Apply Online

You can apply online for the Masters 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 - Dublin).

Fees* for 2015-16

UK and EU fees:    

MSc: £7,470.00 sterling

Option 1: Deposit + 17 Monthly Instalments: £7,470.00 sterling

£1,500.00 (non-refundable)deposit on receipt of acceptance plus 17 instalments. 16 instalments of £345 10th (or next working day) of each month starting 10th October 2015 to 10th January 2017 and £338 on 10th February 2017

Option 2: Discounted fee for early payment:  £7,220.00 sterling

£1,500.00 (non-refundable) deposit on receipt of acceptance plus balance of £5,720.00 payable by 7th September 2015.

International (Non EU) Fees: MSc £11,000.00 (incl £2000.00 deposit (£1500.00 non refundable)

*The fee information is intended as a guide only

*Fees can be paid in full or in flexible monthly payments.

Location

National Training Centre
15-16 St Joseph's Parade
Dorset St
Dublin 7 (unless otherwise stated):
Telephone: 01 8827777
Email: info@ntc.ie

Taught Modular Programme

The programme consists of six taught modules and a research dissertation.

  • Each taught module is worth 20 masters level credits and involves a 20-25 hour, three-day block course (Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9.30am - 5.00pm) followed by a period of home-based distance learning.
  • Taught modules occur approximately every eight weeks.
  • Five modules are delivered in Dublin, and one module is delivered in Chester.

Schedule

Year 1

  • Exercise and Health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physiology and Physical Performance
  • Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis

Year 2

  • Research Project 

Exit Awards

Postgraduate Certificate: The Postgraduate Certificate is awarded for the successful completion of three 20-credit taught modules.

Postgraduate Diploma: The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded for the successful completion of six 20-credit taught modules.

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.

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:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sports nutrition
  • Occupational physiologist
  • Sports / Exercise scientist
  • Researcher
  • Lecturing/Teaching
  • Weight / Obesity Management
  • Food / Fitness industry
  • Corporate health and wellbeing
  • Health promotion

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 Research Methods.

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.

Apply Online

You can apply online for the Masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science programme.

Note:

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

The programme is open to candidates with a minimum of a lower second class 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.

Apply Online

You can apply online for the Masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science programme.

Note:

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

Applications are invited from professions such as:

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