Master of Sports Nutrition by Research - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Sports Nutrition by Research

Use your knowledge to drive peak performance.

In this program you will develop the necessary research skills to work within a broad sports population that strives for peak fitness and elite athletic performance. Choose a topic in which application of the principles of nutrition will have a positive outcome on health, wellbeing and physical performance.

Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
  • Caboolture
Refer to the program footnotes
students can apply and start throughout the year, subject to program requirements
Program length (full-time)
2 years
Annual tuition fee 2021
Estimated total tuition fee *
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2021 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
Study locations
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Caboolture
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
USC program code
students can apply and start throughout the year, subject to program requirements
1.5 years full time, 3 years part time.
Study mode
internal, external #
Fee type 2021

Develop high level critical thinking, independent research capabilities, and organisational skills to help you work in either clinical or research settings in the future. Examples of research topics show the calibre of work already undertaken in this program:

  • Supplementation practices of elite Australian swimmers
  • Validity of field based indices of sweat composition
  • Factors influencing food choices of triathletes
Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to Master of Sports Nutrition by Research candidature, applicants are normally required to hold an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and/or Dietetics or Exercise and Sports Science and have completed a diploma in sports nutrition (eg The IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition) or have suitable industry experience, and are wishing to gain a higher degree through undertaking practice-based research.

Applicants must show that they have successfully completed or are currently enrolled in a course on research design and methodology (eg RES401 or equivalent).

Admission is subject to availability of appropriate supervision and facilities.

Program structure

As a candidate you are required to conduct research that can be written up as a scholarly thesis.

You must demonstrate research competency and the ability to make a significant and original contribution to the body of knowledge in your chosen area of specialisation.

You must clearly articulate in the research outline, the topic, background, rationale, research question, aim and objectives, methodology, research methods and techniques, and timeframe.

Your research outline is to include a literature review that relates to the research question and objectives.

The results of your research activities should be presented succinctly and accurately and as necessary could be supported by more detailed annexures.

Your syntheses analysis and discussion must clearly focus on the research question and the objectives of the work.

Conclusions and recommendations must be drawn from your analysis and discussion and reflect the attainment of the aim and the way in which the research question is addressed.


Program requirements and notes
  1. Prospective applicants wishing to undertake this program can use the Research Supervisor Search to find a suitable supervisor.
  2. For further information, refer to the Higher Degrees by Research - Academic Policy.
  3. Refer to related policies, rules, plans and procedures.
  4. Refer to the research areas for the School.
  5. Refer to the University's English language proficiency requirements.
  6. Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa.
  7. External mode not available to international students on a Student Visa.
Enrolment and fees
  1. Domestic candidates: Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents will be assessed for a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship as part of the admission process. The RTP Fee Offset Scholarship may cover tuition fees for a period of up to 2 years for Masters candidates. Candidates who do not complete their degree within the 2 year period will be required to pay fees for any additional periods of enrolment. Please refer to Higher Degree by Research fees.
  2. International candidates: tuition fees apply. Refer to International HDR tuition fees.
  3. In any semester, full-time enrolment comprises 0.500 EFTSL.*
  4. In any semester, part-time enrolment comprises 0.250 EFTSL.*
  5. The census date for withdrawal without financial penalty or academic penalty is the Semester 1 or 2 census date.

* EFTSL - Equivalent Full-Time Student Load. One year of full-time study equates to 1.000 EFTSL.

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