Master’s Degree Options
The IOPN Diploma in Performance Nutrition is widely regarded as one of the premier professional practice focussed education programs in the world, and as such has become a popular choice for current and aspiring sport and exercise nutrition practitioners working or looking to work in professional and/or elite sport and high performance environments. As such we are proud to boast that many top-tier professional teams and organisations in the UK and overseas require and/or even sponsor their current or aspiring staff go though our program.
We encourage all of our graduates to continuously develop their knowledge and education via our “We Do Science” Podcast and by attending our CPD short courses, seminars and events. We also encourage our graduates to consider undertaking a research degree, if they do not already possess one (many of our students already have post graduate degrees), to further enhance their credentials and to enhance their skills in undertaking and critically assessing and writing up research. Obtaining an MSc is also necessary to achieve professional registration in the UK with SENr and the AfN as a registered Sport and Exercise Nutritionist.
The IOPN Diploma is NOT a university degree, it is a professional competency-based education program that is at the level of a post graduate degree in terms of equivalency. Many of our students undertake the IOPN Diploma to bridge the gap between their university studies and “real world” practice and/or to enable access to post-graduate study. Most of our student who have a relevant degree (i.e. sport science, dietetics etc) undertake the IOPN Diploma to enhance their credentials so to increase their employability and generally their confidence and competence to practice in both professional team settings and in private practice as a consultant. See what are current students have to say about the IOPN Diploma in these testimonials (PDF download).
Over and above our commitment to delivering the highest quality of evidence-based knowledge on the IOPN Diploma in Performance Nutrition, we strive to ensure that our students will graduate with a credential that is highly respected and recognised by relevant professional and academic bodies. The IOPN Diploma in Performance Nutrition currently has achieved achieved a variety of accreditations and recognition.
Masters Degree Access
The IOPN Diploma in Performance Nutrition is a post graduate level (90 credits at L9 / M Level in the UK) professional education program that has been designed to satisfy professional body registration competencies in a number of professional bodies (currently SENr and AfN) in their requirements for post graduate level education. As such many universities will consider an application from an IOPN graduate for entry onto their MSc degree program. Please note that if you already have an MSc in a related area, such as Sport Science, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Dietetics, or Strength and Conditioning, then the successful completion of the IOPN Diploma in Performance Nutrition will already enable you to apply for professional graduate registration with the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (see our Pathways to SENr PDF download).
The following are just some of the recommended MSc options we currently promote to our graduates:
University of Ulster (Online: no campus attendance required)
This on-line MSc programme provides a postgraduate pathway for graduates who are interested in developing further their career in the area of sport and exercise nutrition. As an accredited course, the programme achieves the competencies required for graduate registration with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) meaning those students graduating with the PgDip/MSc are automatically eligible to register with the SENr as a graduate registrant. For more information on this MSc program, please refer to the course details web page at the University of Ulster.
Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, UK: campus attendance required)
This was the first course to be accredited by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), the national register for qualified sport and exercise nutritionists. Academically challenging, vocationally relevant and underpinned by evidence-based practice, it focuses on the study of nutrition in relation to sport and exercise.
You will gain a thorough understanding of the multidisciplinary aspects of sport and exercise nutrition, and on completion you will be able to apply for graduate registration with the SENr.
Whether you aspire to work in high-performance sport or in the promotion of physical activity, exercise and good health practices among the general population or in specific communities, nutrition workshops and applied sessions will provide you with the opportunities to develop your practical skills and apply your expertise. If you would like to gain additional practical experience alongside your academic study, you will be able to apply for an internship in an applied sport science setting, working with elite athletes under the guidance of a registered SENr practitioner. For more information on this MSc program, please refer to the course details web page at Leeds Beckett University.
University of Westminster (London, UK: campus attendance required)
The Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the University of Westminster offers the chance to study the science behind sports nutrition and its applications for both the ‘weekend warrior’ and the elite athlete. It also puts the controversies surrounding the use of supplements under scientific scrutiny, looking at the key evidence for and against performance benefits.
The aim of the course is to produce sports nutritionists who are strongly focused on the science behind the subject, but who also have some experience of the practicalities of delivering sound guidance to individuals and teams who are looking to use nutrition as part of their training programmes. To this end, a number of guest lecturers contribute their expertise in key related areas, and students are also given the opportunity of shadowing established sports nutrition practitioners. For more information on this MSc program, please refer to the course details web page at the University of Westminster.
University of Chester (Chester, UK or Dublin, Ireland: campus attendance required)
This MSc course is aimed at health professionals and graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, develop practical skills and apply their expertise in this popular area of study. It is also designed to help facilitate a career switch for others to work in the field of exercise and nutrition. A key feature of this course is the application of theory to practice and in addition to the lectures, there are practical sessions, workshops and the opportunity to undertake a placement within a health, sport or exercise setting. For more information on this MSc program, please refer to the course details web page at Chester University.
More recommended UK and international universities to be added to this list shortly!
MSc program leaders interested in considering the IOPN Diploma for access to their course should please contact us.