On this course students develop a multidisciplinary approach to sport and exercise science. Our sport and exercise science degree focuses on the scientific aspects of sport and exercise, and includes physical activity for health. It also offers many opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in a variety of practical situations.
This course is ideal for students who have an interest in sports and exercise science. At NTU, we know how to raise standards and will help you develop into an experienced, capable scientist with a range of highly-valued, transferable skills.
Why choose this course?
You will have access to outstanding facilities, including a:
- British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
- Biomechanics laboratory including Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite.
This course offers the unique opportunity to leave the University with numerous coaching qualifications and awards in addition to the degree.
Our recent graduates have gone on to become:
- performance analysts for major football clubs
- personal trainers
- head coaches.
You you will be working with:
- British Association of Sport and Exercise Science accredited physiologists
- The British Psychological Society chartered psychologists and following nationally recognised guidelines of good practice.
What our students say
"Some of the practical equipment we use on the course includes
- douglas bags
- cycle ergometers
- gas analysers
- the environmental chamber
- lactate analysers etc, all of which are totally relevant to the course in lab sessions.
"We also studied specific subjects like the disabilities module which is not taught at many universities and is valuable for understanding sport for all.
"If I had any advice for someone considering this course I'd say 'do it!' It's definitely the best thing I have ever done."
Eleanor Grove, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
What you'll study
Sport and exercise scientists improve performance, and at NTU that's what we are passionate about. We help sportsmen and women raise their game while keeping them healthy and limiting the risk of injury. Just as sportsmen and women need the support of sport scientists, industry, healthcare, education and the public sector need conscientious, critical thinkers who know how to interact well with others, set and achieve goals and enthuse those around them. We will teach you how to do all of this and more.
Who will teach me?
The Sport Science team addresses contemporary issues within sport, exercise and physical activity. We take a reality-based approach to education where you are encouraged to put theory into practice. We provide you with multiple opportunities for hands-on learning through innovative teaching methods, lab work, industry placements and consultancy.
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
Sport at NTU
As well as offering a wide range of sporting activities organised by the Students' Union, the University is active in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions, which take place on Wednesday afternoons throughout the year. From rugby and football to swimming and rowing, there is chance to get involved with sports at all levels. Find out more about the sport and lifestyle programmes at NTU.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology
This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and
adaptations to sport and exercise.
Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality
sport and exercise experiences.
Principles of Biomechanics
Learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.
Principles of Training
This module provides essential information for working effectively and safely with the general population, as well as special
populations, in a gym environment.
Learn the essential principles and concepts of nutrition, focusing upon the structure and function of nutrients, the effects of
consumption and the methods for assessing nutritional intake and status.
Introduction to Research
Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body's structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.
Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology
This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice, and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation to address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.
Building on the biomechanical principles studied in Year One, you will develop the skills required to explain measurable human
movements and forces using biomechanical theories.
Training Principles to Practice
You will have the opportunity to gain the industry recognised Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 award. You can
choose the Personal Training or Exercise Referral pathways.
Observational Analysis for Sport
Learn the key concepts, skills and techniques for observational analysis of sports, including match analysis, motion analysis and techniques analysis.
Research Design and Analysis
Using enquiry based learning, you will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of sport and exercise science.
This is your optional placement year.
Sport Project and Dissertation
You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport and exercise science depending on your focus of study.
Chose two modules from:
Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
You will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.
This module addresses, in the context of biomechanics, how to improve and / or optimise human performance and to understand how human performance can be affected by or result in dysfunction.
Choose two further modules from:
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
This module provides the fundamental knowledge and understanding that underpins the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.
Environmental Sports Physiology
This module outlines some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.
Exercise Testing and Prescriptions for Health
This module will cover elements such as general principles of exercise testing and prescription, paediatric conditions, geriatric conditions and gender specific conditions.
Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance
The module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
This course will enable you to develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.
Recent graduates have achieved the following company roles:
- NHS - respiratory physiologist
- Northampton Saints Rugby Club - assistant performance analyst
- Derby College - lecturer in biology and health nutrition
- Manchester City Football Club - academy performance analyst
- Excel Sport Coaching - head coach
- Sports Xtra - regional manager
- International Football Association - football coach
- West Bromwich Albion - academy match analyst
- David Lloyd - sales and marketing consultant
- Derby County Football Club - performance analyst
- Stoke City Football Club - Stoke City football community programme worker
- Tottenham Hotspur Football Club - junior sport science intern.
Graduate salaries range from £10,000 - £30,000 per year.
You can also undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities to:
- put theory into practice
- gain valuable experience
- develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.
Excellent placement opportunities
You will have the option to undertake a one year work placement. On successful completion you will graduate with an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
Currently over 30 sport and leisure organisations support this course, providing you with invaluable industry experience including:
- British Olympic Association
- England Hockey
- Nottingham Forest Football Club
- Derby Rugby Club
- British Association for Sport and Exercise Science.
As well as the new placement option, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading organisations and agencies during this course.