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Sport and Exercise Science

The demand for highly qualified sport and exercise scientists is greater now more than ever. This is a consequence of the need to have practitioners able to work with elite athletes and teams, as well as those who can help prevent chronic diseases. We offer you opportunities to achieve the expertise for these roles by spending much of your time conducting practical laboratory work.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE

Duration: Four years (full-time)


Why choose this course?

  • Teaching is underpinned by research and there is a strong emphasis on the links with industry, including opportunities for placements and internships.  Practical sessions will be delivered in bespoke physiology and biomechanics laboratories
  • 91% of students said they were 'very satisfied overall' with their Sports programme at Abertay University in the 2015 National Student Survey
  • Sport and Exercise Science has become an integral component for sport organisations across a wide range of amateur and professional sports.  

The role of the Sport and Exercise Scientist has developed, with the promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle helping to prevent chronic diseases such as obesity and type-II diabetes. The depth of understanding of the scientific underpinnings gained from the programme means that Sport and Exercise Scientists are equipped to work with a wide range of populations, including young people, the elderly and those either suffering from, or at risk of developing, a number of disease states.  

Teaching draws on the core disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Students will also be taught how to apply the theoretical knowledge gained to practical settings across a plethora of real world situations.



What you study

What you study

In the first and second year you will study Sport and Exercise Science within a broader context, this includes developing understanding of Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology concepts.  The theoretical knowledge gained will be applied to a variety of practical-based modules.  Several options allow you to establish a strong foundation from which to specialise within the field of Sport and Exercise Science.  You will also have the opportunity to study theme-based interdisciplinary elective modules in the early years.

In years 3 and 4, you will study more specific Sport and Exercise Science modules, which cover aspects such as the Physiological Adaptations for Performance, Sports Biomechanics and Applied Sports Psychology.

Placement opportunities exist through the programme and optional courses will allow you to take modules from other programmes offering the opportunity to tailor the course to your own needs and interests.

In the final year, you will complete an individual piece of research of your own design that focuses on your particular area of enquiry within the field of Sport and Exercise Science.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BSc with Honours in Sport and Exercise

How you learn and are assessed

The programme consists of a mixture of lectures, practical laboratory classes, seminars/tutorials and independent study.  The practical laboratory classes offer 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 the assessment is by innovative coursework-related submissions such as lab reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and practical tests.  Exams only form a small percentage - approximately 15% - of the overall assessment

Examination techniques

You will be assessed by the use of portfolio, reflective logs, case studies, laboratory reports, practical competencies, oral and poster presentations, as well as essays and exam-based assessment.

Assessments are designed to reflect the prospective needs of employers. 

Entry routes

Years 1 or 2

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.

Year 3

Advanced entry is available to applicants with a suitable HND.  Please refer to the articulation routes to BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise on our Coming from College pages.


All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the Unviersity's minimum requirements are listed here.


Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

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

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).  They also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements.  The cost of the basic kit is £84. All costs stated are correct at April 2016. 

Further info

Career prospects

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 help prepare graduates to take on a variety of professional challenges across diverse working environments.  In addition, students will have acquired the necessary knowledge and expertise to pursue postgraduate studies in a related area.

Specialist facilities

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

Industry links

You will 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.

Want to know more?

Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

"BSc Sport and Exercise Science is a challenging but very rewarding course. It provides you with the chance to find out exactly what you are interested in and then excel in it."

Kallie, Dundee

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