Our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine Degree

Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine Student Conducting Personal Training Session

Improve statistics

Current statistics around obesity, diabetes, inactivity and poor dietary intakes are alarming, showing 29% of UK adults classified as obese and 20% and 14% of year 6 primary school children classified as obese and overweight respectively.  In addition, 47 million adults in the UK are suffering with type II diabetes mellitus which emphasises the opportunity and demand for lifestyle-based interventions to facilitate change in morbidity and premature mortality rates. 

Change lives

Those who are active and eat well have a decreased chance of developing lifestyle disorders and enjoy an enhanced physical, social and mental health status. Moreover, those who are suffering with disease, disorders, physical restrictions or impairments can benefit greatly from a change in behaviour, which sees them incorporating new approaches within their lifestyle.  However, being able to recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle right through to making positive and consistent behaviour change, requires specialised knowledge and skills. 

Think differently 

To ensure success, the practitioner must have an in-depth understanding of underpinning scientific principles yet also be skilled in advocating and incorporating change into a person’s daily schedule. For this reason, the art and science of exercise prescription and dietary intervention is tremendously complex and takes years to learn and hone. This course will provide you with the skills and competencies associated with all aspects of exercise prescription and dietary intervention through a combination of theoretical and practical applications.

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Why is this course currently so relevant?

Obesity, obesity-related conditions, and COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has been nothing short of devastating, with over 375,000 hospitalisations and 100,000 deaths within the United Kingdom alone. Obesity and obesity-related conditions have consistently been demonstrated as a leading risk-factor for covid-19 severity and mortality. Those who are overweight are three to four times more likely to develop severe covid and it has also been demonstrated that who are obese are at 12 times more risk of Covid-19 mortality than those of normal weight. Moreover, obesity-related conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease has been shown to increase the risk of severe covid and covid mortality by 3.6, 2.7, 5.2 & 5.1 times respectively.

The pandemic and associated lockdowns have clearly impacted both metabolic and mental health among the general population. This coupled with the potential implications of “long covid”, means that the population-wide adoption of regular physical activity and well-balanced and nutritious diets has never been more important. These behaviours have not only consistently been shown to prevent or reduce risk factors associated with covid severity/ mortality (such as obesity and obesity-related disease), but also crucial for metabolic health and psychological wellbeing. Therefore, the development of competent practitioners in nutrition and exercise has never been more imperative.

Did you know?

We are proud to say that this course (previously known as BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health) achieved a 94% overall student satisfaction rate in 2020 (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).

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Industry-focused Learning

You will benefit from our strong links with industry through placements, guest speakers, field trips, teaching in applied settings and other course engagement activities. The course team are actively involved with their own research links, such as Greater Manchester Sport, British Food and Drink Group, Obesity forums, British Association for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, which enables students to gain valuable volunteering experience during certain activities that align with such connections. 

State-of-the-art Facilities

Learn in state-of-the-art facilities including our world-class human performance laboratory, which is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes an isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

Gain Additional Awards

You will undertake additional vocational awards as part of your studies, in order to gain relevant industry experience in ‘Gym Instructing’ and ‘Personal Training’. 

How do I find out more?

You can find out more detailed course information on the course page.


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Next Steps

You can apply now via UCAS for September 2021. If you are ready to apply, you can find the course on UCAS here:

Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine

Alternatively, if you have any further questions, our friendly team will be happy to answer them for you. You can contact us through email enquiries@salford.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.