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MSc Sport and Health Sciences

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Sport and Health Sciences

Programme Director: Dr Victoria Stiles
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Phone: +44 (0)1392 725818 

Typical offer

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Normally a 2:1 degree or equivalent

Contextual offers


  • Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences
  • The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise
  • Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology
  • Opportunities are available to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study

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15th in the world for Sports-related subjects

QS World University Subject Rankings 2021

4th in the UK for Sports Science

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

3rd in the UK for research

REF 2014: subject ranking 3rd on intensity-weighted Grade Point Average

The course content is topical and up to date, taught by some great lecturers. My dissertation supervisor has been great in supporting me to identify a topic that I am interested in and helping me shape it into a feasible project.

Exeter has a great reputation for sport and health sciences and is one of the best in the country.

There is a good range of modules covering different aspects of sport science. There is also a good variety of lecturers within each course so you are taught by people who have a real interest and speciality in the subject.

My dissertation is on the kinetics of blood flow through the middle cerebral artery in response to exercise. I am working in a team with a PhD student and another Masters student which allows us to collect more data. It’s the first time this sort of data has ever been collected in children so it’s very exciting to link it to adult data.

For me, I love the fact that the University has two campuses based in Exeter, both with amazing facilities for everyone to use. Sport Science is on the smaller of the two campuses which means you get to know a lot of other students and staff very well. There are lots of different workspaces and you can choose what sort of environment you like, depending on what work you are doing/how you work best. Plus, it is really easy to access town and other food outlets in Exeter.

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MSc Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

Applicants who do not meet the exact published entry criteria should also submit a personal statement outlining why they wish to study this programme.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Integrative Physiology, Human Movement Science, and  Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

£12,000 full-time; £6,000 part-time

International fees per year:

£24,500 full-time; £12,250 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.  

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Terms and conditions apply. See online for details.

Teaching and research

How will I learn?

The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used throughout the programme. You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratories, computer laboratories, field-based work, and self-directed research-based work.

Learning from experts

Ranked 3rd in the UK for world leading and internationally excellent research across the discipline*, all of our teaching staff are active researchers and their work informs public policy on exercise and health. For example, we provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams including Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Football Association.


Different modules require different types of coursework. Some will require you to attend practical classes in order to collect data that has to be analysed as part of the coursework assessment and attendance at these sessions is compulsory. Other modules require you to submit coursework essays resulting from individual study.


The department boasts state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology.

*REF 2014: subject ranking 3rd on intensity-weighted Grade Point Average

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Dr Victoria Stiles is a Biomechanist interested in measuring aspects of human movement relevant to bone health and injury. She is experienced in collecting and analysing laboratory-based biomechanical data and large-scale accelerometry data to measure the prevalence of bone-specific activity in free-living individuals.

Dr Victoria Stiles

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics


Employer-valued skills this course develops

MSc graduates are well placed for career opportunities in a number of different employment sectors such as sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, health promotion, finance and marketing. In addition, the Masters degree provides an opportunity for further study.

Careers Services

Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.

Recent graduates

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Football Systems Operator
  • Health Adviser
  • Sports Science Testing Assistant
  • Strength and Conditioning Intern

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Exeter City Football Club
  • NHS
  • Petroc College
  • Southampton Football Club
  • Speedflux
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.

  • PhD in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Medicine
  • MPH Sport and Health Sciences

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