Sport and Exercise Science is the study of how the human body responds during exercise, how it adapts to exercise training, and the study of the relationship between exercise and health. It is underpinned by physiology, psychology and biomechanics which make up the core disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science. At Liverpool Hope University, our degree curriculum encompasses everything from elite sports performance to clinical populations and we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Sport and Exercise Science.
As a student, you will have full access to the multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Health Science Building and Sports Complex, incorporating a running track, dedicated research space and new teaching laboratories. This facility houses ultra-modern equipment; where students can learn to conduct complete physiological, psychological and biomechanical profiles of human subjects using breath-by-breath expired gas analysis, blood analysis, body composition analysis (via the BodPod), eye-tracking, electromyography and human movement analysis.
You will be taught by active researchers in the field of Sport & Exercise Science, all of whom regularly publish their work in the scientific literature: literature that you will read as you progress through your degree. Our rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum is the ideal preparation for work as it reflects the demands of the key fields in sport and exercise sciences, namely elite sport, clinical exercise science and community health.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You will also go on a number of fieldtrips throughout your studies, and will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.
In your first year of study there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Throughout your three years of study, you will have a number of assessments, including written exams, essays, reports, laboratory logs/diaries, portfolios and case studies. In your final year, you complete a dissertation research project on a topic of your choice relating to your studies.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
Your first year introduces you to the key themes that underpin sport and exercise science. You study functional anatomy and kinesiology, as well as fundamental biomechanical constructs, exercise physiology/systems physiology, and the psychological impacts of/on exercise. You will learn about the principles of training, key psychological aspects of preparation for sports performance, and acute preparation for performance.
You will gain a broad overview of physical activity and health, and physical activity monitoring and measurement. You explore the chemical and cellular basis of life, as well as anatomy and physiology in health and disease.
By the end of the first year, you will have gained skills in research methodologies, problem solving, study skills including scientific writing, data processing and analysis, numeracy, referencing.
You develop your skills further in your second year, gaining a more detailed knowledge of Sports Sciences (physiological, psychological and biomechanical), advanced statistical techniques, utilising the primary scientific literature, understanding human experimentation, research ethics, and developing your presentation skills.
Key topics studied include the measurement of human exercise capacity, human and exercise metabolism and physiology, and the metabolic and physiological dysfunction in disease. You will also study environmental physiology, physiological, psychological and biomechanical methods to enhance sports performance, and psychological aspects of exercise and health.
You explore physiological mechanisms relating exercise to health, as well as kinematics and kinetics and nutrition. You will learn about key techniques for performance analysis and coaching, and will also study human developmental biology.
In your final year, you will explore the physiological, psychological and biomechanical aspects of performance and fatigue. You will learn about key recovery techniques, as well as the importance of strength and conditioning and nutrition. You gain a knowledge of psychological skills and skill acquisition, and will learn how to analyse performance in-depth.
Using the latest technologies, you will learn how to assess injuries and will use an Electromyography (EMG) machine to evaluate electrical activity in muscles. You will also look at ageing, diabetes, non-communicable diseases and special populations in relation to exercise. Finally, you learn about diet for sports performance and health.
By the end of your final year, you will have gained advanced laboratory techniques, learnt how to write a thesis, and how to write persuasively.
During the August/September admissions period we are able to offer some flexibility in our entry requirements for courses that still have vacancies.
We are also offering a Foundation Year on many of our courses for students who have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level to enter directly onto our degree programmes.
Please call us to discuss the options available to you: 0151 291 3111
Graduates of Sport & Exercise Science go on to work as sports scientists within elite and professional sport, work with clinical populations within the NHS or remain within the community, working on local initiatives to improve the health and well-being of local populations.
Graduates in Sport & Exercise Science also have excellent teamwork skills, are numerate and skilled in handling data and therefore often enter careers in Business, Management and Consultancy.
Alternatively, many graduates choose further study at postgraduate level, such as Masters or PhD, something which you may consider as a means to a career in research and academia. Our degree provides an excellent foundation for postgraduate study in both interdisciplinary and specialist areas.
The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £200 to cover the cost of any fieldtrips you may go on, plus approximately £100 to buy appropriate clothing for the field trips. You also need around £200 to purchase key textbooks, and around £20 for a lab coat.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.