The science of sport and exercise is central in understanding how to maximise sports performance, how we master skills and how to treat and prevent disease. You will examine these issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, focusing on psychology, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, nutrition and strength & conditioning. By the end of your studies you will confidently and independently develop training programmes and interventions that will promote peak performance, the learning of new skills and reduce the burden of disease.
Study with us and you will have full access to the multi-million pound, state-of-the-art Health Science Building and Sports Complex, incorporating dedicated research space and new teaching laboratories. This facility houses ultra-modern equipment where you will learn to conduct complete physiological, psychological and biomechanical profiles of human sports performance using breath-by-breath expired gas analysis, blood analysis, vascular and cardiac screening, body composition analysis, eye-tracking, electromyography and motion capture to name but a few.
You will leave with the skills to become a sports scientist working with elite performers or clinical populations, the basis to become a sports coach, or enter the teaching profession and train the next generation of sports scientists. You will be taught by tutors who are active researchers at the cutting edge of Sport & Exercise Science, and whom regularly publish their work to international audiences.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars, laboratory and field sessions 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 approximately 30 hours studying independently for each week of your course, including studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have.
Assessment of your progress is made primarily via coursework, but with two exams in the Summer term being taken each year. These exams are worth 33% of the first year and 25% of the second and third years.
A wide variety of coursework assessments are used to enable all types of learners to excel and to prepare you for your future career. We therefore utilise individual and group presentations, laboratory reports, portfolios, case studies, essays and practical tests.
In your final year, you will complete a research dissertation worth 25% of your final year on a research topic that you will discuss with one of the teaching team. Though guided by your tutor and normally related to your other areas of study, you will have a significant degree of independence in choosing the topic for your dissertation. In some cases, these research dissertations have been presented at Sport & Exercise Science conferences and recognised internationally as important pieces of research in the field.
For all coursework assessments we make the marking criteria available in advance, with specific taught sessions dedicated to understanding the requirements for all of our assessment. Following submission, we provide a comprehensive, online package of feedback and future support for every piece of coursework. This can be downloaded wherever you are and saved for future reference.
The course content is structured into two 60 credit elements each year, consisting of a core element in “Human Sciences for Sport” which provides a basis for the second 60 credit element, “Core Studies in Sport & Exercise Science”.
These two large elements of study are designed to enable a better understanding of the multi- and inter-disciplinary nature of Sport and Exercise Science which is characteristic of careers in this field.
In your third year you will specialise in certain areas through the selection of “specialist seminars” of study and your research dissertation topic.
Your first year introduces you to the key disciplines that underpin sport and exercise science. You will study functional anatomy and exercise physiology, fundamental biomechanics, psychological factors for sports performance and learn about the measurement of physical activity and its relationship with health.
All areas of study are grounded in their application to the “real world”, so you will spend a considerable amount of time understanding how to work within Sport & Exercise Science laboratories, gaining a significant amount of “hands-on” experience with the latest equipment. Your first year also introduces you to essential transferable skills for success in your degree and future careers. By the end of the first year, you will have gained skills in researching information, problem solving, academic writing, referencing, numeracy and data analysis.
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Your second year builds on an understanding of the psychology, physiology and biomechanics of acute sports performance to understand the chronic adaptations that occur within a training programme.
You will study the psycho-physiological adaptations to training and the scientific principles of designing a training programme and maximising its outcome. You will also learn about how to monitor these training adaptations through maximal cardio-respiratory and metabolic exercise testing in the laboratory and performance analysis in the field.
You will also study physical activity in children, growth and maturation and the differences in paediatric and adult exercise science.
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In your final year, you will study the extremes of sport & exercise science, from pushing the “marginal gains” of sports performance to understanding the health-related consequences of physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle.
You will learn about psychological and nutritional interventions to promote training adaptations in already elite performers, as well as the relationship between recovery, overtraining and injury from a psychological, physiological and biomechanical perspective.
You also study in detail the adverse health effects of physical inactivity, gaining a deep understanding of the physiological mechanisms contributing to this effect, and an appreciation of potential treatment strategies to combat obesity- and inactivity-related disease. You will also choose specialist areas of study and will undertake an independent research project.
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Option choices (normally a choice of two):
Graduates of Sport & Exercise Science often go on to work as Sports Scientists within elite and professional sport, work with clinical populations within the NHS or work on local initiatives to improve the sport provision, health and well-being of local populations. Each of these options provides a varied, rewarding and often exciting career. Our graduates are also in an excellent position to enter the teaching profession and go on to train the next generation of sport scientists.
Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study at postgraduate level, such as Masters or PhD; our course providing the ideal basis on which to do so. Some graduates take this route as a means to further training, such as working in sports therapy and rehabilitation. Alternatively, you may consider further study as a means to a career in research and academia.
Graduates in Sport & Exercise Science also have excellent teamwork skills, are numerate, skilled in handling data and understanding complex ideas and arguments. Therefore our graduates often enter careers in Business, Management and Consultancy.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) 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.
For the Foundation Year element of your degree, fees for 2019/20 will be £6,250.
On top of your tuition fees, you need approximately £250 to purchase key textbooks during the course of your degree.
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 the 2020/21 academic year are £11,400 (provisional) per year for full-time undergraduate courses.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
With Foundation year, this degree is only available to study as a Single Honours course.