- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles underlying sport and exercise performance and health
- Understand the variables involved in enhancing exercise or sports performance
- Develop employability skills through modules in leadership and business, physical education, and employability/career development
- This four-year programme mirrors the BSc Exercise and Sport Science programme during the first three years
- Intensively pursue research interests you have developed during your first three years on the programme in the additional fourth year
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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.
The vibe at the university as a whole is very friendly and welcoming, and especially on the St Luke’s Campus, as you always see someone you know or your favourite lecturer wandering around.
The exercise and sport sciences facilities are modern and comfortable, and the campus has everything I need. The facilities are constantly being improved and developed with new laboratory equipment and innovative study spaces popping up all the time.
The student life in the city is great. There is loads to do around Exeter and the train is a great way to travel further afield. One of my favourite things to do is to cycle from Exeter to Exmouth along the estuary.
The opportunities here really are endless, from sports clubs and societies to volunteering, Exeter has it all!
BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences
|Qualification||Required grades||Required subjects|
|A-Level||A*AA - AAA||A in a science subject*|
|IB||38/766 - 36/666||HL6 in a science subject*|
|BTEC||D*DD - DDD||Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma are also required to achieve A-level grade A in a science subject*|
|GCSE||C or 4||Grade C or 4 in English Language and Mathematics|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
*Accepted science subjects: Biology/Human Biology; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Life and Health Sciences (Double Award only), Marine Science; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Sport Science; Statistics.
The four-year MSci Exercise and Sport Sciences programme mirrors the BSc Exercise and Sport Science programme during the first three years, but also includes an additional fourth year during which you will be able to intensively pursue research interests you have developed during your first three years.
This will culminate in the production of a research paper suitable for publication in academic journals, and attendance of a scientific conference. These opportunities are specifically designed to provide practical experience, promote confidence, and boost CV quality—all vital for improving your chances of employability after graduation.
The degree structure allows you to specialise in a particular area or to follow a broader-based programme. Modules are underpinned by the research excellence and applied expertise of our staff, allowing current cutting-edge material to be shared with you. Optional modules reflect the application of scientific knowledge in a variety of populations, such as athletes, children, and the general public.
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.
Develop your foundational knowledge and skills within Exercise and Sport Sciences, including: anatomical knowledge; exercise and sport within a physiological context; exercise and sport related kinesiology and biomechanics; kinanthropometry; nutrition; and underlying theories of sport and exercise psychology.
Further develop your knowledge of topics including: the body’s physiological response to exercise; angular kinematics and angular kinetics; statistical data analysis techniques required for a dissertation; and key psychological themes related to sport performance and skill acquisition.
Put theory into practice. Subjects covered include: children and exercise; biomechanics of human movement; sports psychology; clinical exercise prescription; and physical activity and public health. Increase your critical analysis and independent study skills through the research dissertation, under the supervision of an academic tutor.
During this final year, you will undertake a dissertation while receiving postgraduate-level instruction on research methodologies, analytical techniques, and ways of sharing your results with the wider scientific community.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £23,800 per year *
* Please note that the fees for students starting in 2022 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2021 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2022 entry shortly.
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Our specialist facilities include:
- Life Sciences Resource Centre containing a vast selection of anatomical models used for both teaching and during opening hours outside of taught sessions where students can come and use them to enhance learning. There is also a wide selection of books and real human bones.
- Purpose built laboratories for sport and exercise physiology, sports biomechanics, and health and performance psychology, cognitive and social psychology
- Well-equipped workshops and audio visual recording suite available within psychology
Investment in premier sporting facilities
Over the last decade the University has invested over £20 million in the creation of some of the highest quality training environments and resources for the development, coaching and playing of sport.
The Sports Park on the Streatham Campus boasts some of the most cutting-edge facilities in the UK including the Russell Seal Fitness Centre. This facility boasts a 200-station gym and numerous exercise studios.
Additional facilities include:
- A 200-station gym
- Squash courts
- Indoor and outdoor grass pitches including flood lit astro and 3G pitches
- Indoor cricket centre
- Indoor tennis centre
- Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- A fleet of boats at the Roadford RYA Sailing Centre
Learning and teaching
How will I learn?
- Lectures: introducing topics, and providing a framework for further reading, and background material for extended work.
- Laboratory and practical sessions: work in smaller groups with specialist equipment to gain applied experience.
- Seminars: discussion, role play and short presentations in smaller groups.
- Independent research and study: reading, researching, writing, practice assignments, projects and dissertation.
- Study groups: work with other students and utilise their support.
- Dissertation: an extended and original piece of independent research conducted in an area related to your specialism. You will present this at a third-year Sport Science dissertation conference.
- Guest lectures: hear from visiting experts in exercise and sport.
On average you’ll have 15 hours of teaching time per week with more at the beginning of the programme and less as you progress and take more responsibility for your own learning.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching. For example, positive feedback from our students has led us to increase use of our learning environment, an easily navigable website where you can access detailed information about modules and utilise multimedia learning resources.
Learn from experts
We believe every student benefits from being part of a research-led culture and being taught by experts. Our staff have close links with a wide range of industrial, medical and sporting organisations with whom there may be the chance to collaborate for your final year research project.
All modules are assessed, with second and third year modules contributing towards your final degree classification. Modules are assessed using a variety of methods including essays, exams, oral and written presentations, laboratory reports and a dissertation. We aim to strike a 50:50 balance between coursework and exams over the duration of the programme.
Teaching staff on every module are available for individual tutorial sessions when required. Module leaders are available to discuss module logistics, examinations and absences. Teaching staff also make themselves available at the end of lectures for further discussion and debate.
Extra-curricular support is also provided in the form of ‘drop-in’ sessions for more challenging parts of the course such as statistical analysis, scientific writing, and research methodology.
For pastoral support students are assigned a personal tutor, with whom they meet regularly in small groups or in one to one meetings.
Employer-valued skills this course develops
A degree in Sport and Health Sciences will help you develop the key transferable skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, decision-making, planning and organising, personal communication and leadership. Key vocational skills also enhance the employability of our students, such as advanced laboratory training for biomechanical and physiological testing.
Science graduates compete well in the graduate employment market as they offer strong analytical and problem-solving skills valued highly across all sectors.
Supporting your career in Sport and Health Sciences
Each year Sport and Health Sciences students are able to access a huge range of opportunities when considering their future career options.
A range of employability sessions are put on for the students which include: career talks from visiting alumni and employers from a range of backgrounds; career conversations with employers; an annual Careers and Networking Sports Health Science evening with alumni, organisations and employers; and a Careers in Healthcare event. In addition students will receive support to access high-quality work placements through the optional Career Development module.
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.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.
The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students and graduates compete very successfully in the employment market. Whatever path you wish to follow, we’re here to help and support you with all your career and employability needs.
Many of our graduates are employed in discipline relevant roles in the UK and overseas including health and wellbeing coaching, sports and fitness coaching, physiotherapy, sports nutrition, sports law, sports psychology, sports physiology, general teaching and marketing, sports management and administration for the public sector, sports governing bodies and health and lifestyle consultancy.
Whatever you choose to do after graduation, your Sport and Health Sciences degree will stand you in good stead, with excellent employment prospects and transferable skills.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates from our Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 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:
- Cardiac Physiologist
- Clinical Exercise Specialist
- Performance Analyst
- Personal Trainer
- Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
- Pupil Premium Sports Coach
- Rehabilitation Assistant
- Sales Executive and Business Development Manager
- Student Performance Tennis Coach
- Trainee PE Teacher
Recent graduates are now working for:
- A P C Cardiovascular Ltd
- Arize Lifestyle
- Exeter Chiefs
- Llanwern High School
- National Probation Service
- Nuffield Health
- Sport Inspired
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17.
- MPhil Sport and Health Sciences
- MRes Exercise Science
- MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
- MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
- MSc by Research Sport and Health Science
- MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
- MSc Human Reproduction
- MSc in Sports Biomechanics
- MSc Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health
- PhD Sport Science
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