Postgraduate taught 

Sport & Exercise Science & Medicine MSc



  • Academic Session: 2024-25
  • School: School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will provide students with knowledge and information about up to date research regarding nutritional strategies to enhance sport and exercise performance.


Teaching takes place over 30 hours in Semester 1 with students attending lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops. 

Excluded Courses





  • 50% Lab Report (2000 words)
  • 50% Written Essay (2000 words)

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with a critical understanding of recent research investigating nutrition for sport and exercise performance. The course will cover nutritional support and nutritional aids for aerobic exercise, resistance exercise and post-exercise recovery.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate nutritional aids which have been suggested to enhance sport and exercise performance
  • Critically discuss the mechanisms which underlie the purported ergogenic action of these methods
  • Critically evaluate the evidence supporting the efficacy of popular nutritional strategies
  • Identify areas where further study is required to support or refute a suggested nutritional strategies
  • Undertake a laboratory-based practical evaluating a nutritional strategy to enhance sport and exercise performance

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course’s summative assessment.