BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Here at the University of Cumbria, we have important professional connections with Premier League football clubs, Great British Athletes, and local sports clubs.


Course code C600

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Course code C600

Key course details

Location Lancaster
Duration Full-time, 3 Years
Start date September 2019
Entry Requirements Programme Specification

Fascinated about how the body and mind respond to exercise, what happens when we don't exercise or what makes an elite athlete? Well, studying the science behind sports and exercise is for you.

Our course is designed for you to gain high-quality, profession-specific training – including strength and conditioning for elite sport and notational analysis.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

Physiology, biomechanics, sports nutrition and psychology sit at the heart of our degree – but you won’t just talk about it, you’ll be actively learning in our state-of-the art human performance laboratory.

Add to that placements giving you real-world experience and you can graduate with key workforce skills to boost your employment prospects as a sports scientist.

You’ll be living in a vibrant student city by the spectacular north west coastline. And, within an hour of the Lake District National Park and the big cities of Manchester and Liverpool. So, whether you want lively or leisurely, you’re within reach of both.

  • Access to our sports complex, clinics and laboratories
  • We have great industry links – including with top-flight football teams
  • Our contacts and partnerships give you great placement and job prospects
  • Great tutor support and we get to know you because our seminar class sizes are small
  • Some of our tutors have worked with professional athletes and teams
  • Tutors are involved in international research, keeping your learning up to date
  • Opportunity for 100 hours on placement in sports clubs, hospitals, and clinics
  • Opportunity to enhance professional skills with courses such as gym instruction
  • Develop confident laboratory skills to a standard expected by employers
  • Opportunity to study abroad

Sport and exercise scientists are in increasing demand, due to Government focus on public health and fitness and the growth of professional athletes determined to maximise their potential.

Many of our students have gone on to work with elite athletes in sport science support – including in the Premier League - as well as helping to improve the health of the community.

And, since our course is intended to make you a top all-round sports scientist, you too can join them.

Gymnastics Scholarship

£1,000 off accommodation and more

We are offering a fantastic gymnastics scholarship opportunity to 10 successful applicants starting in September 2019.

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Course Study Options

We also offer this course with an integrated foundation year - follow the link for more information

Integrated Foundation Year

Graduate destinations

You can use the skills you learn to become a strength and conditioning coach, with a number of our graduates going on to work with elite football and rugby clubs. You'll be well suited to any job that involves physical activity, including personal training, corporate fitness and exercise referral. Many of our students benefit from full or part-time employment offers after completing their placement.

You may also wish to use your qualification to progress to postgraduate study, or take up roles in primary and secondary teaching, physiotherapy or dietetics

News and Events

Student faces ultimate Lake District challenge

Posted: 2 May 2019

With days left to the ultimate endurance test a University of Cumbria student says running 10 marathons in 10 days is a phenomenal challenge. Joe Morrell, from Huddersfield, is up against a punishing feat few are mentally and physically capable of as he prepares for the Lake District based Brathay 10 in 10. From Friday 10 May, Joe, who is also tackling his sports and rehabilitation degree finals, faces a 262-mile epic in around 60 hours of hard, unrelenting toil.

London Marathon beckons for university pair

Posted: 22 Apr 2019

Two figures at the University of Cumbria are limbering up for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon taking place this Sunday (28 April) – both as first-time marathon runners. Paramedic practice lecturer Craig Betton and MSc Occupational Therapy student Martha Noble are raising funds for two worthy causes.

Ultimate Challenge for Sport Rehab Student

Posted: 28 Feb 2019

The clock’s ticking down to May 10th when Sport Rehabilitation student Joe Morrell pits himself against a challenge few are both mentally and physically capable of contemplating.

Campus Tour

Wed 12 Jun 2019

An opportunity to visit our Lancaster campus.

Postgraduate Open Day

Sat 29 Jun 2019

There are many fantastic reasons to embark on one of our postgraduate courses, whether it’s to give yourself that extra advantage when applying for jobs, progress your current career or even if you just love your chosen subject and want to explore it further.