Sport and Exercise Science


At a glance

  • Benefit from access to a dissection suite, functional sports medicine facilities, and labs in our £40m David Ross Sports Village
  • Choose a course with an emphasis on science and health, providing you with skills that open up a range of career options
  • Join a university which is a founding partner in the International Olympic Committee accredited National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine
Sport and exercise science - subject page

Undergraduate courses


What is Sport and Exercise Science?

Sport and exercise science addresses all issues underpinning human performance and adaptation in the context of sport. It also embraces major public health issues, such as sedentariness, deconditioning, mental health and ageing, all of which associate strongly with chronic disease progression.

Sport and exercise scientists understand how the human body interacts with and changes to its environment. They use this knowledge to maximise improvements in performance and physical and mental health across sport, exercise and clinical settings.


How will I study?

We use a variety of teaching methods to provide you with a diverse learning experience. Topics are introduced through lectures and explored in more depth through seminars and practical classes.

Small-group teaching is also used to maximise your time with lecturers and give you an opportunity to discuss the subject with your peers. Theory is put into practice through laboratory classes and field-based practical classes.You will study in the Medical School, Faculty of Engineering and the David Ross Sports Village

When you start the course you will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide academic and pastoral support throughout the course.  



Sport and exercise science graduates will be well prepared for a number of careers in sectors including professional sports clubs, the health service, education and clinical research. 

Due to our enhanced scientific content, you will also be in a good position to undertake further study such as an MSc or PhD in human health and disease and a number of allied topics. Graduate entry medicine (GEM) is an additional option. 


Study abroad

There may be Erasmus or Universitas 21 opportunities in your second year.  

Application and interview

Offers are usually made without interview. Students with non-standard entry qualifications, including mature students, may be invited for an interview.  

Open days

For dates of University-wide open days, please visit our open day pages.

Students offered a place are invited to a UCAS visit day between December and March. 

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