Study Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine Student Conducting Personal Training Session

Improve statistics. Change lives. Think differently. 

This is a unique course focused on using exercise as a form of medicine to treat lifestyle-based health conditions. You will gain 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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What is Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine about?

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.

Why is this course currently so relevant?

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.

When does this course start?

The next start date for this course is September 2021.

How long does the course take?

This is a standard three-year degree if you study full-time. A part-time option is available which will take five years.


Where is the University of Salford?

Studying at Salford really is the best of both worlds. Our Peel Park campus is set in 46 square kilometers of lush, green space to enjoy. But we're also just over a mile away from the big city buzz of central Manchester - voted the UK's most liveable city for two years running.

Famous for music, culture, sport, art and science, the cities of Manchester and Salford offer an unrivalled student experience where you can balance your studies with world-class culture, exciting events and legendary nightlife.

If you're commuting, we have a train station that has direct links to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston, Lancaster, and Barrow-in-Furness. If you're looking to stay on campus, we're very proud to say that our Peel Park Quarter accommodation was recently voted the 2nd best student accommodation in the country by Student Hut. 


What are the entry requirements?

You must have GCSE Maths and English at grade C/grade 4 or above. You must also have A-Levels, BTEC or other equivalent qualifications that equate to 112 - 120 UCAS points. A science subject is preferred (including psychology, sociology, sport, PE).




For full-time home students, the fee is £9,250. You can find out more information about paying for your degree with a student loan here

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Alternatively, for full course details, please see here.

Why Study at Salford?


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).


You will benefit from our strong links with industry through placements, guest speakers, field trips, teaching in applied settings and other course engagement activities.


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

Missed our open days? Don't worry - if you apply to Salford, you'll be invited to an Applicant Visit Day. This may still be virtual, but it will aim to give you a feel of the campus, your chosen course and any facilities linked to it. Apply now via UCAS. You can also find more information about life at Salford at the bottom of this page. 

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 or phone +44 (0)161 295 4545.