Sport and exercise science is the scientific study of how the body and mind handle, and learn from, the demands placed on them in sport and exercise. Our courses address such questions as: How do injuries occur? Is it possible to improve performance? How does the body react in an extreme environment? This degree is the perfect opportunity to explore the biological process of the body during physical activity. As well as offering you the chance to study something you are passionate about, with the ability to tailor your degree to your interests, it acts as the perfect springboard for a graduate career in a variety of areas.
Our particular approach to sport and exercise sciences focuses clearly on the core life science disciplines that are fundamental to understanding how the body and mind work in a sport or exercise context. You will study four core disciplines: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology.
Year 1 is a common course year, which will introduce you to the core concepts of sports science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sport and exercise psychology. This is supported by additional professional and academic skills modules, where there are opportunities to take coaching awards or short work placements.
In Year 2 you will build on the knowledge and skills from year one, taking specialist modules in areas such as the mechanics of sport and exercise science, while further developing your practical skills in our state-of-the art laboratories.
In Year 3, you will take specialist compulsory and optional modules relevant to your chosen degree course, alongside preparation for your major final-year project. This includes additional taught elements that prepare you for the advanced skills module in year four and a shorter project that forms the groundwork for your Masters-level research. The main focus of the final year is the research project, which can align to one of the core disciplines.
In Year 3 of the MSci, you will take compulsory and optional modules from the BSc alongside preparing for Masters-level study in year four.
In Year 4 (MSci), you will study Advanced Professional Skills for sport and exercise scientists along with Masters topics in sport and exercise sciences. MSci graduates leave with the advanced-level skills and knowledge that really set them apart in the graduate job market. Examples of MSci projects include:
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science at A2. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.
Number 1 for employability - the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York. Sport science at Leeds is a highly respected discipline. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of areas, including roles in:
Faculty Employability team
We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University's Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
All our degree courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. These are taken between years two and three of the degree programme. Most placements are based in the UK, although there is scope for placements abroad. Work experience is increasingly important in a competitive job market. An industrial placement is an excellent opportunity to sample a relevant workplace environment and give you that 'added extra' for entering the job market. An industrial placement will also help prepare you for graduate-level employment. Our students have recently undertaken placements at:
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