Undergraduate

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

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Lay the foundation for an exciting career as a sport and exercise nutritionist at the Official University Partner of Team GB.
With our hands-on and fully endorsed programme, you'll learn to help athletes and physically active people improve their performance using the latest, evidence-based methods.
You'll split your time between learning on campus – in some of the best facilities in the country – and practising your skills out on placement.
Our degrees provide the foundation for a career in both health and exercise or sports and performance, and you'll be taught by staff who are conducting world-leading research.
We've recently invested £16 million in our facilities to ensure you'll use some of the latest technology in the sector during your studies.
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Sports, Health and Exercise Science Biomechanics Lab

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Mix real-world practical experience and theory to explore the role of nutrition in sports performance and general health with this career-focused course.

You’ll be taught by experts who know your name, tutors who work with both elite-level sports performers and NHS patients, and who will help you develop your understanding of nutrition, exercise physiology and psychology.

Plus, as the official university partner of Team GB, you’ll have opportunities at Hull that you can’t get anywhere else.

  • Top 15 in the UK

    for Value Added 1

  • 95.3%

    of students in work or further study 15 months after graduating 2

  • SENR

    endorsed course

  • Official University Partner

    of Team GB

  • Kickstart your career

    at our Student Thesis Conference

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Course overview
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About this course

The demand for qualified practitioners in sport, exercise and nutrition is increasing and this hands-on degree will give you the foundations for a career in the sector.

You’ll learn to help athletes and physically active people improve their performance through exercise physiology and nutritional practices, by studying in a modern, dynamic, evidenced-based way.

This includes splitting your time between learning on campus – in some of the best facilities in the country – and out on placement. These work-based opportunities are built into your degree thanks to our links with professional sports teams, the NHS, nutritional health providers and schools, and give you the chance to transfer the theory into real-world practical situations.

And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to increase your employability, including built-in work placements and the chance to network with industry experts at our annual Student Thesis Conference.

We’re also endorsed by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register and accredited by the Hong Kong Nutritionists Society, preparing you to become a sport and exercise nutritionist not just in the UK, but further afield.

Scheduled study hours and how you’re assessed

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

How you'll be assessed depends on the course you study, and the modules you choose. You may be assessed through a mix of examinations, coursework, presentations and group projects.

Choose your modules

Each year, you’ll study modules worth a certain number of credits, and you need 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits – so you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more. In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120. Some modules are compulsory, some are optional, so you can build a course that’s right for you.

Preparing for Learning in Higher Education

This module is designed to give you the best possible start to your university studies, making sure you have all the essential skills you need to succeed. Through lectures and workshops we will teach you how to write in an academic style, how to find quality sources, how to reference work, culminating in writing up a mini-research project.

Core20 credits

Group Challenge (Sciences)

In a group, you'll formulate questions that can be tested by scientific investigations and take part in weekly workshops with academics.

Core20 credits

Foundation in Data Analysis

Develop a strong foundation in data collection and analysis. This module will introduce you to qualitative and quantitative data and how to analyse it; the collection of primary and secondary data; the production of high quality graphics; and report writing.

Core20 credits

Introduction to Biological Sciences 1

This module covers basic knowledge on cells and biological molecules and how they are connected to the function of major organ systems in animals, plants and humans. The main topics are cell structure, exchange and transport, the genetic code, microbiology and energy processes.

Compulsory20 credits

Introduction to Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Module information coming soon. 

Compulsory20 credits

Foundation Maths Skills

This module delivers core mathematics skills at level two and three to give a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: manipulation of numerical data and converting between different units of measurement; exponentials and logarithms; and standard form and problems involving ratio, proportion and percentages.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics 1

This module delivers core mathematics skills to build a solid basis for future studies. You will study the following topics: factors, multiples, indices, fractions and standard form; algebra, linear and quadratic equations; averages and spread; functions, exponentials and logarithms; and right angled triangles and trigonometry.

Optional20 credits

Foundation Mathematics A

You will study pure mathematics topics, including proof, algebra, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, exponentials, logarithms, sequences and series. The applied topic is probability and statistics.

Optional20 credits
8 Modules

Applied Human Physiology

In lectures and lab sessions, you'll cover the structure and function of the body's major organ systems. 

Core20 credits

Introduction to Nutrition

A blend of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals give you an introduction to the role of nutrition in human and exercise performance. 

Core20 credits

Preparation for Learning in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

This module considers the key study skills required to succeed in the sport, health and exercise science programmes. 

Core20 credits

Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

This module provides you with knowledge of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

Core20 credits

Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

A solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying the subject. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed.

Core20 credits

Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Here we adopt a solution-focused mindset - creatively approaching challenges like drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

Core20 credits
6 Modules

Sport Physiology

Examine the fundamentals of physiology in the context of sports performance. This module introduces methods of measuring performance and and physiological responses during sport.

Core20 credits

Nutrition in Sport and Exercise

Gain an understanding of nutrition relating to health. You'll focus on the role of macronutrients, fluid balance and supplements, and their importance in sport and exercise.

Core20 credits

Nutrition and Diet in Health and Disease

This module is an opportunity for you to learn how nutrition and exercise can influence common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes. 

Core20 credits

Nutrition in a Specialist Sporting Population

Investigate the changing nutritional considerations that influence the performance of specialist sporting populations, as well as those exercising in extreme environments.

Core20 credits

Research Methods

Prepare and complete a small action research project to develop skills that will help you across your studies. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions.

Core20 credits

Professional Standards within Sport, Health and Exercise Science

This module exposes you to the multiple disciplines within sport, health and exercise science, exploring how specific career pathways can be formed in accordance with relevant governing bodies.

Core20 credits
6 Modules

Dissertation

You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Core40 credits

Ergogenic Aids

Discover the different type of ergogenic aids that are available and how they can enhance sports performance. 

Core20 credits

Food Science

What arrives on our plate comes through a food supply chain. In this module, you'll learn about the numerous stages of the chain and specific laws and legislation related to health claims, food labelling and food preservation. We also spend some time in the kitchens looking at food manufacturing and development.

Core20 credits

Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

Gain a solid background in contemporary issues in health and exercise psychology. It will help you design behavioural change interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle.

Core20 credits

Professional Practice in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in a range of sport, health and exercise science activities.

Core20 credits
5 Modules

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Entry requirements

What do I need?

When it comes to applying to university, you'll need a certain number of UCAS points. Different qualifications and grades are worth a different amount of points. For this course, you'll need…

We consider experience and qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations above.

But it's not just about the grades - we'll look at your whole application. We want to know what makes you tick, and about your previous experience, so make sure that you complete your personal statement.

Have questions? Our admissions team will be happy to help.

What do I need?

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees & funding

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

How much is it?

Additional costs you may have to pay

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme. There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make:

  • Books (you can borrow books on your reading lists from the library, but you may buy your own)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (incl. travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (incl. travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel, food and more.

How do I pay for it?

Our academics

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. They’re all among the list of industry giants that our academics have worked with over the years.

These highly-qualified staff draw their experience from a range of backgrounds, whether it’s working in elite sport environments or within clinical settings with NHS patients, and are at the cutting edge of game-changing research.

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Take a look at our facilities

Health and Human Performance Lab

This £1.5 million laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for teaching, research and sport science support in the field of biomechanics.

Exercise Physiology Teaching Laboratory

Our teaching lab is where students learn the fundamental practical skills of exercise physiology using the latest equipment.

Sport Rehabilitation Suite

We have two sports rehabilitation teaching suites based on our campus, each providing students with spaces for practical skills labs, group-based seminars and a student-led Sports Injury Clinic.

Allam Sport Centre

We've invested £16 million in new sports facilities, including a state-of-the-art gym and new pitches. So you'll be learning with the sector's most innovative technology.

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Future prospects

We have developed links with local industry, and as a result, students graduating from this programme have the opportunity to work within a variety of clinical settings within the NHS, food industry or within professional sport. Some graduates even go on to set up their own business.

There's also plenty of scope for postgraduate study, and this programme provides a strong foundation for progression into SENR-accredited MSc degrees, or you could even stay on for our MSc Nutrition and Dietetics (pre-registration) degree.

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Your next steps

Like what you’ve seen? Then it’s time to apply.

The standard way to apply for this course is through UCAS. This will give you the chance to showcase your skill, qualities and passion for the subject, as well as providing your academic qualifications.

Not ready to apply?

Visit our next Open Day, and see all that Hull has to offer for yourself. Talk to our lecturers about your subject, find out what university is really like from our current students, and take a tour of our beautiful campus and amazing facilities.

  1. (Joint 13th) The Guardian University Rankings 2024.
  2. (Sport Health and Exercise Science) UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Higher Education Graduate Outcomes statistics, for the academic year 2020/21, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency June 2023.

 

All modules presented on this course page are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

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