Postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Nutrition part-time (online)

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 60
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Post Graduate Diploma
  • Duration 1.5

Course Summary

The Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at the Institute of Technology Sligo offers the chance to upskill in the area of sports nutrition. This programme is delivered part-time and online allowing you the freedom of gaining a qualification while continuing in your current employment. 

The aim of the course is to produce sports nutritionists who are strongly focused on the science behind the subject, and who also have experience of the practicalities of delivering the latest evidence based guidance to individuals and teams who are looking to maximise the sports performance benefits of nutrition to complement their training programmes. 

This course covers the key principles of exercise physiology and sports nutrition and aims to develop critical awareness of topics across these areas of study. It also explores important issues within sports nutrition such as the use of supplements and ergogenic aids and critically analyses the key evidence for and against their use and reported implications for exercise performance. 

Key Course Information

Nutrition plays a key role in an athletes training and preparation for competition and most sports now recognise the integral role that nutrition plays in achieving success. This online programme provides graduates with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work in this exciting and evolving area at an advanced level.  The course is ideally suited to exercise professionals wishing to complement their exercise practice with applied nutrition skills, as well as those interested in using exercise nutrition to improve the health of the general public. 


Starting January 2020

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications with a 2.2 Honours award in a relevant discipline (Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science, Health, Public Health, Allied Health or a cognate area as deemed suitable by the programme committee) may apply. 

Applicants who do not meet this entry criterion may be considered through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Advice, guidance and support for applicants can on be found at

Career Opportunities

The aim of this course is to enable students to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable academic and practical skills. Career choices for qualified Sport and Exercise Nutritionists can include leading sports nutrition programmes for individual athletes, sports teams and recreational athletes, providing nutritional support for physical activity or weight management initiatives, working with local, national or international sporting bodies or nutrition companies, leading research into specific areas which utilise nutrition to improve performance, food product development as well as nutritional support to national governing bodies and sports organisations.  


This MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition has been developed to fulfil requirements for Sports and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) accreditation.

This MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition will also provide students the opportunity to fulfil the initial requirements for Association for Nutrition (AfN) Accreditation as an Associate/Registered Nutritionist.


Further Study

Graduates will be well placed to pursue master's and doctorates in the area of Sports and Exercise Nutrition. 


"My name is Audrey Colreavy, I have worked as a physiotherapist with the HSE for over 20 years. I choose to do the on line two year masters in Health Promotion in IT Sligo for a number of reasons, it allows me to continue working full time, I am able to attend the lectures on line from my home, if I cant attend live they are all recorded so I can work around family,work,life commitments. The on line library access  and moodle platform are fantastic.  The lecturers are only an email away and always reply promptly to queries.  There is no time lost travelling to lecturers or reduced working hours needed. The modules are all applicable to my learning needs and continuous professional development requirement of CORU, as a health and social care professional."

Did you know?

Being even slightly dehydrated (as little as 2 % body weight lost as sweat) can negatively impact aspects of performance such as decision-making, concentration and reaction times.

Programme Fees

The fees for this Post Graduate Diploma is €3500.