“The best thing about the course is the many opportunities and contacts that the London Sports Institute at Middlesex University has provided me with.” Martina Xuereb, Sport and Exercise Science student
From the elite world of football to the thriving personal fitness market, sport is a million-pound industry. Our degree primes the best graduates with the skills to support sportspeople to reach their peak potential using the latest performance technology.
Our degree, focused on performance analysis, is the first of its kind in London. It allows you to study the full potential of sports and exercise science and gain an understanding of the latest technology used to test performance, including audio-visual equipment. Sports organisations are investing in equipment and programmes to bridge the gap between performance analysis theory and applied practice, so that graduates with the skills to work with new technologies are in demand.
You will graduate, primed 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 sportspeople to support their development and helping people at all levels of fitness to stay healthy.
At the centre of this course lies the scientific approach to supporting athletes to perform at their peak while reducing the risk of injury. Alongside gaining a thorough grounding in sports and exercise science you will learn a range of data collection methods in both real and laboratory sporting environments and develop the skills to use a range of performance analysis hardware and software and audio-visual equipment.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, and how they can be used to assist performance enhancement. 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 through two industry standard work placements.
You will graduate, armed with the knowledge and understanding of:
This module aims to provide students with 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.
The sport rehabilitator or sport trainer will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity. S/he 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 provide an introduction to 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.
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.
The module aims to provide an introduction to 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 administrator s, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.
This module aims to enable students to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. To understand the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. To understand the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. To understand the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology. To understand the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.
To introduce students of 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 the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. Students 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.
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.
The aim of the 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.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students 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. Students will select a topic of personal interest on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. They will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including one Science subject
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
Other requirements: To begin this course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
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 including: health and fitness club management, fitness consultancy, weight management, health promotion, personal fitness training, corporate health advice, sports or physical activity development, medical sales, and the armed forces.
There are career opportunities in teaching and research. On graduation, students can continue with their professional studies taking British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) training programmes to qualify in three years as accredited sports and exercise scientist. Suitable graduates can study to become physiotherapists or sports rehabilitators.
Examples of the types of jobs that recent graduates are doing include lifestyle coach, sports manager, sports coach, physical trainer, working in sports clubs, fitness instructor, sports science technician, sport development officer.
You will complete 30 hours of placements in your first year module and further work experience is included in the advance modules within specific programme choices in the final year.
You will receive help in identifying a suitable placement, and with applications if required. Placement opportunities exist in the following areas: sports clubs, university sports clubs and local sports development projects.
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 3 Certificate in Personal Training
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. Find out more here.
"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."
"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."