BSc (Hons)/MSci Sport and Exercise Science

BSc (Hons)/MSci Sport and Exercise Science

This course is centred around 3 core areas of sport science: physiology, biomechanics and psychology. You will learn how these specialisms interact to keep athletes healthy and performing at their best. You will gain both the academic knowledge and the practical skills you need for your career. You will learn how to improve performance at the highest levels in elite sport but also how to improve the health of individuals and communities through exercise. This includes examining the impact physical activity can have on preventing heart disease, obesity, dementia and depression.

The academic staff you will work with are active researchers who will keep you up to date with the debates and issues facing sport and exercise science today. While we are keen to share our passion for sport, we are also not afraid to confront the negative aspects of the industry. You will investigate contentious issues concerning:

  • The impact of perfectionism
  • Bullying and gambling in sport
  • How money impacts the personal lives of professional sportspeople

You will engage with these debates, respond to the latest developments and carry out your own research. We also keep your learning relevant by addressing contemporary news stories concerning sport as they unfold, delivering tailored lecturers to address the issues they reveal.

We have community partnerships across the region, leading to many opportunities to gain valuable industry experience. These partners also contribute to your academic study, with a guest lecture or case study from an industry professional on every module.

This course can be studied as a 3 year BSc (Hons) or as a 4 year MSci. If you choose the 4 year option you will graduate with a Masters level qualification. You can make this choice at any point during your degree.

Choosing this option means that you will:

  • Stay for an extra year, gaining even more skills, knowledge and experience
  • Be guaranteed a professional placement as part of your course
  • Have more opportunities to build professional connections and increase your employability
  • Leave with a postgraduate MSci instead of an undergraduate qualification, without needing to reapply for a new course

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

You could find your self working with anyone from elite athletes to older people using exercise to keep healthy. The skills you develop on this course will also benefit you in a range of other careers in sport and health. This includes critical thinking, communication, working with clients and fieldwork.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Personal training
  • Coaching
  • Sport scientist
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise physiologist
  • Teaching

Course Details

Year 1

Fundamentals of Practice in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Physiology
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society

Year 2

Research Design and Analysis
Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
Theory and Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Applied Research Methods and Design
Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
Physiology of Sport and Exercise

Year 3

Research Paper
Applied Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

Year 4

Advanced Research Methods and Dissemination
Placement in Sport, Exercise, or Physical Education
Interdisciplinary Working in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education
Debate and Current Opinion in Sport, Exercise, and Physical Education

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