St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

St Mary's provides the valuable opportunity for students by ensuring all modules have a specific nutrition focus. Biochemistry, Physiology and Public Health are all nutrition orientated. The programme offers the opportunity for you to develop the professional competencies and skills required for the application of nutritional science in a number of fields. Previous graduates have taken up roles with government and non'governmental organisations engaged in the health agenda, in nutritional research, the media, with elite sports teams and the food industry. You will be studying at one of the UK's best institutions for sport and sport science. You will learn how sciences such as physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sociology can be employed to make sports performers the best they can be. The teaching on this programme is excellent and tutors will help you to achieve your potential. St Mary's has a long tradition of excellence in sport'related degrees and the Sport Science programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES), and enjoys strong links with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and UK Athletics, both based on campus. Many elite sports performers choose to study Sport Science at St Mary's and we seek to support them in combining their sport with higher education. We also enjoy excellent laboratories and sports facilities. Often students will progress to careers in sport or higher levels of study both in this country and abroad. The School of Sport, Health and Applied Science has several postgraduate programmes and there are opportunities for graduates to become teaching assistants while undertaking research for PhD or MPhil awards.

Course Modules

Nutrition Level 1: the first year is foundational and provides students with the broad underpinning and grounding required to further their studies in specialist areas of nutrition; students are introduced to important concepts in nutrition and ascertain the sources, functions and requirements for energy and all essential nutrients; introductory physiology and biochemistry will provide students with knowledge of the structure, function and metabolic processes of the body and how nutrition supports its healthy function; the important areas of ICT and data handling skills will also be introduced; single honours students will additionally be introduced to food science, health promotion and will begin to explore some of the professional skills such as reflective practice and ethics that are important in this field. Level 2: In the second year students build on the foundation knowledge provided in year one and explore the factors affecting food choice, the determination of nutritional requirements, the assessment of nutritional status, nutritional needs throughout the lifecycle and the links between nutrition, health and disease. Level 3: focuses on advanced and applied topics; examples of modules offered include: clinical nutrition; sports nutrition; functional and novel foods; tackling cardiovascular disease; obesity and metabolic syndrome; and public health nutrition. Sport Science Level 1: Kinesiology; exercise physiology; sport and exercise psychology; sport and society. Level 2: Students are required to probe more deeply into relevant theory and practice to understand the context of sport science and to develop skills of investigating and reporting; at this stage students can choose to study sport science as a single honours, major, minor or equal subject; the key disciplines: biomechanics; physiology and psychology are offered, as well as opportunities to study modules in such areas as notational analysis and sport sociology. Level 3: Students have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project, there are also a variety of modules including: applied exercise physiology; biomechanics; environmental physiology; exercise psychology; issues in sport; performance analysis; nutrition and the athlete; sport and the media; sporting lives; sport psychology; work placement.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
1 - 4 years
Part Time Day
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 104
  • SQA Higher BBBC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBCC
  • European Baccalaureate 60%
  • International Baccalaureate 28
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MMD
  • BTEC National Award
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units) D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M2
  • Course specific

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£4,410 - £5,783
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