Sport and Exercise Science Courses

Sport has long been both a fascination and a hobby for people all over the world. Since the inception of the modern Olympic Games in 1894, we have been increasingly invested in competitive and professional sport. As well as this, we are more aware of the effect that regular exercise can have on our physical and mental health. By studying a degree in sport and exercise science, you will further develop your theoretical understanding of the subject, including the disciplines within the area. This will prepare you for your future career in sport, whatever path you choose to take.

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About Sport and Exercise Science


The accreditation of your degree will depend on the institution you choose to study at. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), or an integrated Master of Science (MSci). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.

Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.


Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.

Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate sport and exercise science degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Undergraduate - £9,250
  • Postgraduate - £8,000

Topics Covered


An undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You might study modules on exercise physiology and anatomy, strength and conditioning, sports physiotherapy, sports performance, sports development, and sport psychology. The vast majority of sport and exercise science courses will be designed to suit those students who do not have a vast amount of experience in the area, as well as challenging those who have already studied or worked within the subject area. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, incorporating practical sessions and potential field trips. Depending on your course, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. Assessment methods could include written work, practical sessions, presentations and a final major project.


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc, you will build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of sport and exercise science. You will explore both the traditional and contemporary elements of the subject area. Modules and specialisms could include applied sport, exercise and health psychology, sport nutrition, biomechanics, physical activity and health, sports training principles, and contemporary issues in sport and exercise science. Assessment methods might include written work, practical sessions, work experience placements, presentations and a final major research project.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for a sport and exercise science degree will depend on your institution of choice. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree might require you to have a background in sports studies or physical education. If you do not have a strong background in these areas, but can prove that you are passionate about the subject, some universities could still consider your application. This can be displayed through your personal statement or an interview. For a postgraduate degree, most universities will require you to have an undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science, or a closely related subject.

Typical Entry Requirements

  • A Level Grades - AAA-BBC
  • UCAS Points - 144-112 UCAS points
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Physical Education, Sports Science/Studies, Biology, Physics, Psychology
  • Degree Requirements - 2:2 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Psychology, Biomedical Science, Physiology
  • Career Prospects

    Graduates of sport and exercise science will find that there are many career opportunities available to them. You will have gained a wide range of transferable skills, making you employable in a variety of industries. If you choose to work in a role directly related to sport and exercise science, jobs might include working as a sports coach, a physiotherapist, a strength and conditioning coach, a sports psychologist or biomechanist. If you choose to work in a role not directly related to sport and exercise science, jobs could include a health promotion adviser, outdoor activities or education leader, or a higher education lecturer.