Taught course

Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion

University of Bedfordshire · School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Non-Standard Entry (All non-standard entry candidates will be required to attend an interview with the Award Manager) a. Graduates with a first degree in a closely allied subject, where the gaps in subject specific knowledge could be closed using a negotiated programme that would include additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme b. Sport, Exercise, Coaching and Health professionals with demonstrable experience and expertise within the field who also possess an HNC/HND or GNVQ/NVQ at level 4 in an appropriate subject. These candidates will be required to provide a full portfolio of supporting evidence outlining appropriate academic and educational training and attend an interview, which will aim to assess: the applicants motivation, maturity and realistic approach to their studies the nature and level of life/work experience and prior study, and the learning that has resulted from such experience the clarity of the applicants educational goals and objectives the extent to which the applicant can provide evidence of the threshold skills and knowledge required for a given programme. As a result of this interview candidates may also be required to bridge gaps in their current knowledge by taking additional units from within the undergraduate modular degree scheme AP(E)L / RPEL Credit may be given for prior academic or experiential learning against some of the units. A portfolio of evidence and attainment of equivalent learning outcomes is required. Procedures for considering APL and RPEL applications are determined by the Academic Board and issued by the Registry

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

Your interest in how physical activity, nutrition, health psychology, and professional communication skills can help promote health and treat various clinical conditions could lead you to a multitude of career options. In addition to developing a firm understanding of the links between physical activity, nutrition and health, this course offers invaluable opportunities to further career prospects during placement and research project units - including the deveopment of practical skills and links with NHS organisations, researchers and clinicians in high-interest areas such as obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and cancer. With relevant experience, we will also support you in registering as an Associate Nutritionest or converting to full registration as a Nutritionist/Public Health Nutritionist.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

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Key features

  • Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current public health policy
  • Explore potential career opportunities in Public Health and/or Health Promotion and Education with this MSc that will also allow you to apply for membership of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education
  • Develop high-level professional standards; understanding your ethical, moral and legal responsibilities as well as acquiring the practical competencies, the ability to apply scientific knowledge to public health settings, and the research skills that will help you access careers in public health, the health and fitness industry or academia
  • Gain the opportunity to practise your skills on work placement, or if already in post or accredited, the opportunity to specialise and develop your expertise in physical activity and nutrition
  • Benefit from access to a wide range of careers in Public Health, Health Promotion and Education, roles in charities whose aims are to improve the nation’s health and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes

Career opportunities

In order to develop as a health / physical activity and nutrition professional you will be encouraged to develop the following skills:

  • Reflection and the learning process, in order to identify personal and professional goals for continuing professional development and lifelong learning
  • Communication skills sufficient to communicate safely and effectively as a professional with patients, carers and colleagues

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 within Primary Care, for example.

Other opportunities exist within organisations or charities with objectives to improve health requiring research expertise and knowledge of health promotion and lifestyle factors.

Areas of study

    • Research Methods
    • Professional Skills for Health Care Providers
    • Psychological Approaches to Public Health
    • Metabolic Health
    • Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health Promotion Dissertation
    • Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
    • Placement (short)*
    • Placement (long)*
    • Exercise Testing and Diagnosis*
    • Laboratory Skills*
    • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing and Interpretation*
  • *denotes options

Information for international students

The minimum requirement for direct entrants to postgraduate study in the UK is level B2 on the CEFR. The University requires equivalent to 6.0 IELTS with at least 5.5 in each band for direct entry to a postgraduate study.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

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