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MScPhysical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion

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This course is designed to help students pursue their ideal careers
within the health sector and the health and fitness industry. It is
particularly relevant to graduates in the fields of sport and exercise
science, sport and physical education, health psychology, exercise and
health, biological sciences, physiotherapy and nursing, and nutrition.
The course especially emphasises the role of physical activity,
nutrition, health psychology and professional communication in the
promotion of health within a variety of population and patient groups.
This diversity will allow graduates to work within both community and
clinical settings.

The curriculum offers a fascinating and unique combination of topics
relevant to the effective promotion of healthy lifestyles to prevent
and treat diseases and conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular
disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cancer and mental illness. Your
studies will be integrated with current public health policies. You
will even undertake work placements during which you will actively
engage in community, clinical and laboratory work to experience the
processes of researching and commissioning healthcare schemes and

Taking advantage of project placements and strong course links to NHS
organisations will help you to further your career prospects even as
you complete your studies. You will also be supported by a team of
excellent staff, who were rated ‘world-leading’ teachers and
researchers in the Government’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)


Graduates of this course will be highly employable in a range of
areas, including public health management/health commissioning, health
improvement specialisms, exercise referral and health consultancy.
Completion of the course also prepares students to undertake further
postgraduate research qualifications. For those health professionals
already in post or accredited, the course offers opportunities to
specialise in the fields of physical activity and nutrition and to
develop expertise in health promotion.

During the course you will:

  • Gain an up-to-date understanding of scientific evidence and health
  • Receive student-centred support for your academic, research and
    vocational aspirations
  • Undertake work or research placements to gain experience in public
    health, community, research and clinical settings
  • Study a curriculum underpinned by the latest research
  • Complete an independent dissertation on a subject of your choosing
  • Benefit from the support of world-leading staff

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Physical activity, nutrition and strategic health planning
  • Professional skills for healthcare providers
  • Physical activity, nutrition and metabolic health
  • Psychological approaches to public health
  • Research methods and research design
  • Dissertation
  • Electives (eg placement, behavioural change, people management,
    exercise prescription)


Career opportunities


The course will embed a vocational theme within the 5 core units and
Placement unit in particular, and this will also be further supported
and enhanced through the personal tutoring system which will
prioritise both career development and academic issues. All tutors
will be required to report to the course leader on a regular basis
regarding progress with students career portfolios and these may be
integrated into the online tutoring support package, PebblePad.

Although the Placement unit is an elective, it will be heavily
promoted to students at the start of the course as an invaluable
opportunity to further develop vocationally relevance skills and
experiences and to make contacts with industry and / or the health
sector which might be developed in the future. In addition, some
placements may provide experience, even on a shadowing basis which may
be used to support a portfolio of experience, skills etc for
submission for accreditation, for example, to the Nutrition Society.


Opportunities for career development within the health sector and
health and fitness sector have been expanding in recent years. In the
light of an increasing recognition of the importance of physical
activity and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease
within government health reports there are significant opportunities
for graduates with an MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
Promotion within Primary Care, for example,

See below for a list of examples of current, relevant posts:

  • Commissioning and Development Manager Physical Activity
  • Community Physical Activity Worker
  • Fit4Life Co-ordinator
  • Health Improvement Practitioner (e.g. Obesity/Physical Activity or
    other e.g. mental

health, cardiovascular disease, the elderly)

  • Health Improvement Specialist
  • Healthy Lifestyle Programme Manager (Developing Healthy
  • Obesity Programme Manager
  • Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor
  • Public Health Manager
  • Healthy Schools Specialists
  • Exercise Referral Specialists

For those who wish to pursue a career in Public Health and/or Health
Promotion and Education this course provides a foundation of knowledge
that will be useful in acquiring the competencies though the Faculty
of Public Health (Department of Health) required to join the UK Public
Health Register (UKPHR). This is a register which provides the
regulation of public health specialists with a background in areas
such as social science, medicine, nursing, health promotion, pharmacy,
psychology and dentistry. Completion of this MSc in `Physical
Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion will also allow you the
opportunity to apply as a member of the Institute of Health Promotion
and Education.

Other opportunities exist within organisations or charities with
objectives to improve the health of the nation requiring research
expertise and knowledge / experience of health promotion and lifestyle
factors, for example:

  • Project Officer, British Heart Foundation
  • Project Officer, Nutrition Society
  • Research Posts

There is also potential for career (and enhanced career) development
within Education, Higher Education and Research Institutes:

  • Lecturer
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Fellow
  • Teacher

Also, for those health professionals / graduates already in post or
accredited, the MSc in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
Promotion offers opportunities to specialise in the fields of physical
activity and nutrition and develop expertise with the health promotion
context. Such professionals may include:

  • Dieticians
  • Nutritionists
  • Health Psychologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Nurses
  • Graduates in related areas e.g. Sport and Exercise Science, Sport
    and Physical Education, Health Psychology, Exercise and Health,
    Biological Sciences, and professions named above (e.g. Nutrition,
    Physiotherapy and Nursing)

Completion of this course also prepares students to undertake further
postgraduate research qualifications e.g. MPhil / PhD. Important
research skills are developed during the units Research Design and
Research Methods and reinforced and developed during the Dissertation
unit in particular.

Consultancy: There is also potential for graduates to be involved in
consultancy-related activities relating to the course fields and in
relation to their individual specialist focus.

Such activity may be in relation to the health sector, business
sector and / or the health, fitness and leisure industry.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States