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Sport and Exercise Science
BSc (Hons)

The demand for highly qualified sport and exercise scientists is high. This degree offers the opportunity to achieve the relevant expertise.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

C600

Why Study Sport and Exercise Science?

The demand for highly qualified sport and exercise scientists is greater than ever – a consequence of the need to have practitioners equipped to work with elite athletes and teams, as well as those who can help prevent chronic diseases. This degree offers you the opportunity to achieve the expertise for these roles.

The role of the modern sport and exercise scientist continues to develop, with the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle helping to prevent chronic and potentially life-threatening diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The scientific knowledge gained from this practical programme means you’ll be equipped to work with a wide range of populations, including athletes, young people, older people, and those suffering from, or at risk of developing, a number of disease states.

Teaching is reinforced by research, and there’s a strong emphasis on the links with industry. This includes opportunities for placements and internships. Practical sessions will be delivered in bespoke physiology and biomechanics laboratories.

You’ll also have access to our Human Performance Laboratory, with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You’ll have numerous opportunities to meet the professional sportsmen and sportswomen who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.

 

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An undergraduate  qualification can help develop you into a confident, independent thinker who's ready to face the challenges of the modern world. 

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of undergraduate study.

Register your interest and find out the fantastic options available to you.

 

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Your Journey Starts Here

You’ll have access to our Human Performance Laboratory, with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You’ll have numerous opportunities to meet the professional sportsmen and sportswomen who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.

Entry Requirements

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses. You should look for those courses suitable for entry onto our BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Entry to Year 1 or 2 of this programme is through the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme, which will allow you to progress to this programme at the end of Year 2. - -
Qualification Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced entry is available to applicants with a suitable HND. Please refer to the Entry from College page. - -

Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay University degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined below, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules. 

Key Modules (2017/18)

Practical Strength Conditioning 1 (SPS305)

An introduction to methods of training employed within a strength and conditioning context. This includes physiological and biomechanics components of human performance and scientifically justified methods of training to achieve specific goals. Students will also gain an understanding of the acute and chronic effects of particular forms of training and the relationship between particular exercises. Introduces the development of weightlifting and coaching techniques.

Applied Sport Psychology (SPS306)

An understanding and critical analysis of the role of psychological principles in sport from an applied perspective within the sport and performance context. Module content includes: sports psychology context and practice; the needs analysis process; models of intervention; psychological skills training for planning and developing interventions; ethical and professional issues.

Biomechanics 1 (SPS308)

Builds upon and advances the principles of biomechanics and provides an introduction to the concept of performance within a sporting context. Module content incudes: performance analysis; notational analysis; biomechanical concepts associated with performance; development of intermediate laboratory skills; biomechanical data processing and analysis.

Physiological Adaptations for Performance (SPS310)

Develops the understanding of core physiological concepts that underpin sports performance and training. Provides knowledge on biochemical, cardiovascular and neuromuscular bases for performance and training the body for endurance, team and strength sports.

Research Methods (SPS312)

Develops students’ ideas about research in sport, exercise, physical activity and health, which will enable them to better understand and appreciate published research so that they can design their own research project.

Sport Research Project (SPS400)

Students undertake an independent research project in a subject area that reflects their award title. Module content includes: research project topics – students are allocated a supervisory tutor; supervisory sessions – students work with the guidance of their tutors to carry out their research project.

Biomechanics 2 (Clinical and Sport Biomechanics) (SPS402)

An introduction to additional concepts, methods and techniques used in biomechanics. This module provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical competence to conduct detailed analysis of clinical and performance measures in a sport and exercise context.

Advanced Exercise Physiology (SPS409)

An understanding of the core physiological concepts that underpin exercise performance. It explicitly addresses students' knowledge of the external environment and gender and their impacts on performance and training the body for endurance, team and strength.

How the Course Works

 

Learning and Assessment 

Learning consists of a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.

The practical laboratory classes offer you the chance to learn relevant scientific techniques first hand, and provide an opportunity to engage in research by designing experiments and collecting and analysing data.

The assessment strategy is aimed at developing a variety of skills that are valued by employers. The vast majority of assessment is by coursework-related submissions, such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and practical tests. 

Exams form only a small percentage (approximately 15%) of the overall assessment

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Sport and Exercise Science

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You’ll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£9,250

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You’ll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

International Students

£13,800

Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

Additional Costs

Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal). You’ll also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements. The cost of the basic kit is £84.

Scholarships

Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Careers

Graduates from this programme are well equipped to obtain employment across a wide range of vocations, including sport and exercise science practitioners in community and professional sports organisations, as well as other public and private, non-sport organisations.

This programme will also help develop a range of transferable skills that prepare you to take on a variety of professional challenges across diverse working environments.

In addition, you’ll have acquired the necessary knowledge and expertise to pursue postgraduate studies in a related area. A number of our graduates on completion of this programme, have progressed to careers in teaching and physiotherapy.

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Industry Links

You’ll have the opportunity to develop links with various sports industries and work towards achieving awards through this. Work placements that are embedded in the curriculum are an integral part of this process.

Abertay staff have strong research links and many are members of professional societies. There are good links between Division of Sport and Exercise Science staff and industry, and many staff are also current practitioners.

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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

Programme Leader - Sport and Exercise Science

Dr Ashley Richardson

Dr Ashley Richardson

School of Social and Health Sciences | Lecturer

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