MSc in Sport Nutrition


Program Description


The University of Stirling is one of only six universities worldwide approved to provide this Masters conversion course in sports nutrition – an increasingly vital part of competitive sport at every level.

This Masters degree focuses on the science behind sports nutrition and is designed specifically for students who already have an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Diploma in sports nutrition and want to further their knowledge.

To complete the course, you’ll be asked to plan, conduct and write a research project in Sports Nutrition, and you’ll receive high-quality training and support from our expert staff as you study. By the time you graduate, you’ll have an even greater knowledge of sports nutrition and a clear understanding of how to put your research into practice.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 1st in Scotland for good sports facilities (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017)

#2 Top 15 in the UK for Sports Science (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

#3 One of only six universities worldwide offering an approved IOC Masters conversion course

Course objectives

This course is designed to expand on the knowledge you’ve acquired whilst studying for your IOC Sports Nutrition diploma. You’ll complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice while gaining a deeper understanding of the science behind the subject, a broader network of expertise and an enhanced ability to share your findings with the wider world.

Professional accreditations

The IOC recognises the University of Stirling as one of just six universities in the world that offers an MSc conversion course for its highly-regarded diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Course details

Our MSc Sport Nutrition enables you to convert your IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition into a Masters degree by completing an in-depth research project.


This course consists of a single dissertation module, which can be completed full-time over a 6-month period or part-time over 12 months. Full-time students have to be based in Stirling, but part-time students may be able to complete the course off-campus with prior agreement from the University.

To complete your dissertation, you’ll conduct independent research on your chosen topic and take advantage of our world-class sports facilities, labs and expertise.


You’ll conduct a research project and share your findings in a dissertation of 3,000-5,000 words. A grade will be awarded for the dissertation, as well as a 10-minute oral presentation given to coincide with its submission. A question and answer exam with an external examiner will also form part of your assessment.

Course director

Dr Oliver Witard

+44 (0)1786 466298

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £4,100
  • Overseas: £6,100
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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