Sport & Health

MSc Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

We are pleased to confirm that Writtle University College and ARU (Anglia Ruskin University) are joining together. The merger will happen during the 23/24 academic year. Writtle’s full range of Higher and Further Education courses will continue to be delivered on site at the Writtle campus, enhanced by resources available at nearby ARU. If you are starting your course in September 2024, your degree will be awarded by ARU. Find out more about ARU, including our recent Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, at

Sports Nutrition is an area experiencing massive growth, with virtually every professional club and elite athlete now employing or using the services of a sport nutritionist.

The course aims to develop an individual's academic expertise and personal employment potential providing a rigorous, balanced and stimulating education within the area of sports nutrition.

This new taught master's programme is suitable as a progression route from an appropriate undergraduate degree, or for those already working in industry that want to develop their knowledge. By delivering in a blended format, with a number of face to face on campus sessions (likely to be over 4 weekends and 2 full week sessions) alongside supported online sessions and independent learning, we aim to meet needs of a wide range of applicants.

Students may study this over 1 year as a full-time programme or 2 years as a part-time programme.

Students will develop a deeper and critical understanding of the importance of nutrition and an ability to use this knowledge, critical understanding and skills to provide solutions to nutritional issues within sporting populations.

As part of the programme, students will access, evaluate and critique nutrition information from a variety of sources and will communicate the principles both orally and in the written form, in a way that is organised, relevant and recognises the limits of current hypotheses in the field.

Applications are welcomed from international students, noting that additional touchpoints will be put into place to ensure UKVI compliance.

The following titles are the modules you will complete whist studying the MSc Sport, Exercise and Nutrition degree.

Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

Taught Master Dissertation
(60 credits)

Modules are subject to change and availability.

Applicants will normally hold a good BSc Honours degree (2.2 or above) from a recognised university in a related subject such as sport science, human nutrition, dietetics or other appropriate science degree .

Applicants with a BSc (Hons) 3rd class pass, with extensive industrial experience may also be considered for the Masters programme. Applications from non-UK students are welcome.

Our sport and health facilities include the following:

  • Centre of Sport and Health including a dedicated sports laboratory, state of the art strength and conditioning suite, private consulting rooms, classroom and science laboratories
  • Dedicated 3x3 basketball facility
  • Sports Hall including squash court and studio
  • Gym
  • Sports grounds including football and rugby pitches, netball court
  • Reservoir and open campus for cross country running events

This course will give sport scientists, nutritionists and dieticians the skills and knowledge to work within the sport and exercise field as sport nutritionists.

At additional cost there may be the opportunity to gain additional qualifications (at additional cost) to benefit a student’s wider expertise. This could potentially include Level 2 Food safety, Level 2 ISAK Anthropometric Workshop, UKAD Clean Sports workshop. Details to be finalised .