Sport and Health Sciences

Sport and Health Sciences ranks as one of the top departments to study sport and exercise sciences in the UK, with an excellent reputation for both teaching and research. Our programmes provide the depth and breadth of knowledge to understanding both elite sport performance and the importance of exercise for health. If you want an innovative and holistic scientific approach to the understanding of sporting performance, exercise and health, combined with an excellent general education that can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities, then our undergraduate degrees are for you.


You will study at the historic St Luke’s Campus, which provides a friendly and supportive environment. Our extensive teaching and research facilities include designated purpose-built laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, health and performance psychology research.

Many of our students represent the University in their chosen sport and a number have achieved regional, national and international sporting success. We have an excellent Sports Scholarship Scheme and sports scholars succeed academically whilst also pursuing their sporting careers.

You will benefit from our highly supportive teaching and learning environment that complements the applied and conceptual nature of the programmes. Our innovative degrees are research and enquiry driven. All our teaching staff are research active and their work informs the development of new products, the practice of professional organisations and public policy on exercise and health. Our academics provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams, including the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, England and Wales Cricket Board and the Football Association. Our educational activities incorporate the latest research findings and methodologies, which ensures that our teaching places you at the cutting-edge of the field.

We help you to develop your personal and key skills, such as communication, IT, critical appraisal and self-management. Team-building days and careers workshops help you to develop vocational skills. You will also be encouraged to attend and present at student conferences, such as the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Student Conference and to be involved in initiatives including the student ambassadors scheme and workplace internships.


What our students say

Georgia, BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

“I found the different modules available very interesting, I liked how the first year was full of variety so I was able to find out what my interests were. Personally, I loved biomechanics and it was something I hadn’t really done before at school, so having the opportunity to do it this year was really exciting.”

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Emily, BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

“The exercise and sport sciences programme at Exeter really stood out for me as the course is ‘hands-on’ from day one. Every lecture is supported by a laboratory practical or workshop which really helps cement understanding. My experience of studying in this department has been excellent from the start.”

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Ben, BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences

“I selected Exeter as my top choice after attending an Offer-Holder Visit Day. It’s hard to articulate why, but I just remember walking around St Luke’s and just knowing it was the place I wanted to study, even in the awful February cold and rain! I just got this feeling. Maybe some of you reading this will know what I mean!”

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360 tour of Sports and Health Sciences

Explore our new sports and health facilities in 360 degrees, including our visuomotor, surgical training and nutritional physiology laboratories. View full size.

What is Sport Health and Exercise Sciences?

Staff and students talk about their experiences of studying and teaching in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter.
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Undergraduate Sport and Health Sciences

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