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Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Analysis) BSc Honours

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

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.

Why study BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Analysis) at Middlesex University?

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.

Work placements are an important part of this course and you will spend 50 hours on a placement each year. You will receive help in identifying a suitable placement, and with applications if required. Placement opportunities exist in sports clubs, university sports clubs and local sports development projects.

Course highlights

  • 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)
  • Our modern facilities at Allianz Park include research labs, rehabilitation, conditioning, and health and fitness suites
  • Our staff are active sports professionals. Many are involved in coaching, sport massage and sport performance and maintain close links with industry, integrating professional practice into your studies
  • 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
  • The highest-standard work placement opportunities to build invaluable professional experience
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Analysis)?

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 throughout your degree (50 hours per year).

What will you gain?

You will graduate, armed with the knowledge and understanding of:

  • Sports psychology and how to work effectively with sportspeople
  • The nutritional needs of the physically active and professional athletes
  • The techniques and procedures used to assess physical fitness and well-being
  • The basic effects of pharmacological agents on exercise performance, disease and health
  • Research methods and processes with particular relevance to exercise and health.


  • Year 1

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

      This module aims to provide you 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.

    • 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. You may be caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations using exercise as a clinical intervention and this module aims to provide an introduction to core concepts which will be developed later in the program. They will stimulate your 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

      This 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.

  • 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 gain an understanding of 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 and gain an understanding of the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology, kinetics and kinematics of human movement.

    • Applied Sport and 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. You will develop your awareness of the research process and be equipped with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to your target award. You will gain preparation for the final year project/dissertation.

    • Applied Sport and Health Coaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This 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 you 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 sociocultural 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 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.

    • Performance Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will enable you to enhance your academic knowledge and practical experience of performance analysis in sport. You will learn to design, reliably collect, appropriately analyse and professionally present relevant performance-related data. Using a variety of sporting scenarios and techniques, you will gain a good understanding of how performance analysis is used in sport, and the role of the performance analyst. Upon successful completion of the module, you will able to apply for ISPAS accreditation.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from this degree, providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, and 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 your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Performance Analysis) 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 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.

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 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 graduate

    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.

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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