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Sport and Exercise Science BSc Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Steve Williams

Sport and exercise is a million-dollar industry with a vast scope from Olympic athletes, to personal fitness, to health. With a science-based approach, this degree primes the very best graduates with the understanding and skills in biomechanics, physiology and psychology to support everyone to reach their full potential.

Why study BSc Sport and Exercise Science at Middlesex University?

This degree is broad in scope, allowing you to study the full potential of sports and exercise sciences, and gain an expert knowledge and understanding of scientific methods from sports psychology to the study of the human form. Our staff are active sports professionals and many are involved in coaching, sport rehabilitation and sport performance and maintain close links with industry, integrating professional practice into your studies.

You will graduate with the essential skills and knowledge to thrive in the sport and exercise industry and be well-prepared to enter a broad range of careers working with athletes to support their development or helping people at all levels of fitness to stay healthy. All of this takes place in the modern facilities at Allianz Park which include research labs, and rehabilitation, conditioning and health and fitness suites.

Course highlights

  • We are one of the UK's leading universities for sports education, ranked top modern university in London for sport and exercise science (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • You will complete 50 hours of placements each year, giving you crucial practical experience
  • We work closely with prestigious sports organisations like Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Saracens Rugby Club, enabling you to build professional contacts while you study
  • We produce self-disciplined, professional sports graduates, who perform at the highest level; our students even competed and won a medal at the London Olympics (2012)
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science?

At the centre of this course lies the scientific approach to supporting athletes to perform at their peak while reducing the risk of injury. You will develop an in-depth understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, and how they can be used to assist performance enhancement, health and fitness. A large part of your studies will be practice-based at our Allianz Park site and you will take part in 150 hours of clinical practice throughout your degree (50 hours per year).

What will you gain?

You will graduate, armed with the knowledge and understanding of the research methods and processes relating to exercise and health. You will be proficient in the techniques and procedures used to analyse and interpret human movement, to assess and interpret physical fitness and well-being. You will have an understanding of sports psychology and how to work effectively with sportspeople.


  • Year 1

    • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Human Movement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, bone and provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.

    • Fundamentals of Health and Fitness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      As a future sport rehabilitator or sport trainer, you will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity. You will also need to be aware of the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The future professional role of a trainer may involve caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations using exercise as a clinical intervention. The module aims to introduce core concepts developed later in the program, stimulate an interest in current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

    • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the fundamental key scientific concepts and principles, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.

    • Professional Skills Development and Work Experience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to introduce the core concepts developed including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills, use of information technology and the development of a personal development portfolio later in the programme and encourage the development of appropriate administrators, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. You will learn the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton’s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. You will explore the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. You will focus on the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology as well as the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.

    • Applied Sport Exercise Science Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. Professionals need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the research process, to equip you with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to your target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.

    • Applied Sport Health Coaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. You will experience different coaching styles in a variety of sporting and fitness situations and have the opportunity to plan, deliver, evaluate, and modify coaching sessions. The module also offers opportunities to further develop ethical issues and aspects of health and safety.

    • Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module integrates psychology theory with sport and exercise to explore how performance can be optimised. The first part of the module focuses on psychological and personal factors that affect performance, physical activity, exercise and sporting achievements. The module then progresses on to psychological skills training and the development of a sport psychology framework, focusing on specific techniques that can improve performance. The module provides the individual with a theoretical understanding of factors that underpin working with athletes and exercisers through practical exercises as well as psychological sport and exercise tests. The later part of the module provides an understanding for those working in sport, exercise, and rehabilitation on how psychological and socio-cultural issues impact on recovery from injury and illness and explores the importance of lifestyle management in working with those recovering from injury.

  • Year 3

    • Advanced Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The aim of this module is to highlight and introduce the advanced key scientific principles and contemporary topics, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the degree providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest on which you wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will manage you own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.

    • Interdisciplinary Sports Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce additional advanced sport science concepts, from each discipline. You will examine analyse your role in optimising sports performance in a field setting as well as how you may practically influence the coaching process. The module will demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of how the theoretical principles of biomechanics, physiology and psychology apply to and impact on the coaching process and performance of four unique sports disciplines. This module will enable you to experience and apply appropriate interdisciplinary tools and procedures in working with the athlete.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
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  3. How to apply
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  2. International

How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Science support your career?

The range of careers open to Sport and Exercise Science graduates is vast and is also the ideal basis for specialising at postgraduate level. You could find yourself working in a range of exciting settings such as:

  • health and fitness club management
  • fitness consultancy
  • weight management
  • health promotion
  • personal fitness training
  • corporate health advice
  • sports or physical activity development
  • National Governing Bodies
  • medical sales
  • high-performance sports
  • the armed forces

Previous graduates have also found success as a lifestyle coach, sports manager, sports coach, physical trainer, sports science technician, sport development officer.

There are career opportunities in teaching and research. On graduation, students can continue with their professional studies by working towards British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accreditation as a sports and exercise scientist. Suitable graduates can study to become physiotherapists or sports rehabilitators.

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate courses have been approved by SkillsActive as meeting the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Christopher Varnavas

    Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Performance) BSc student

    This course has allowed me to gain up-to-date scientific knowledge whilst also teaching me how to apply this knowledge to the real world. I have really enjoyed learning about both the theory and practical elements involved in sport and exercise science. As a regular football and gym enthusiast I am able to apply what I have learned on the course into my own training regime which has been very beneficial.

    The sport facilities are amazing, especially at the newly built human movement lab where various testing occurs. These are exciting times for anyone involved in sport at Middlesex.

  • Jacob Waldron

    Sport and Exercise Science BSc student

    I have enjoyed the practical elements to the course, undertaking and learning how to administer laboratory fitness tests such as running economy tests and VO2 Max tests. It's also great having the opportunity to choose your own pathway in the 3rd year to focus your attention on specific areas you wish to specialise in.

    I am passionate about continuing my professional development in the sports industry, working my way up a national governing body (NGB) of sport and ultimately working in a key role within an organisation such as Sport England. I am currently employed by England Athletics, the NGB for athletics on a part-time basis, as a 'Run England Activator' for south west London; actively engaging the community into recreational running in line with the national project to get the whole nation running.

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