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Sport and Exercise Science

Next start date: September 

Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE
Duration: Four years (full-time)



How to Apply

This is one of the specialist routes within the sports portfolio at Abertay. You will make your choice of specialist route at the end of stage 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme.   

The role of the Sport and Exercise Scientist has grown dramatically in recent years. Whilst support for elite performers and teams remains a key aspect of the profession there is an increasing demand for the support for and delivery of community-based physical activity programmes.

Government money is increasingly being directed towards sport at the elite level (2012 Olympics and associated programmes) and physical activity at the community level (such as Active Schools).

This course is designed not only to give you an understanding of the science underpinning of both health-related exercise and elite performance, but also to develop the skills to work within the various contexts open to a Sport and Exercise Scientist.

What you study

The modules you will study if you choose to follow this route are:

Stage 3
Performance analysis 1
Exercise programming and periodisation
Applied sports psychology
Exercise testing and prescription
Physiology of health and disease
Work-based learning
Research methods

Stage 4
Nutrition for sports performance
Scientific support for elite performance
Exercise for special populations
Work-based learning

Special populations
This strand allows you to develop an understanding of the special requirements of certain groups (children, the elderly, heart disease patients, the obese etc). You will study the underlying physiology and psychology of development and disease states. You will also explore the role of exercise in these populations, exploring methods for assessing clients and providing appropriate exercise prescriptions.

The science of training and performance
Scientific research in the area of training and performance has increased exponentially in recent years. This strand will help you understand current thinking in relation to the physiology, biomechanics and psychology of both training and performance. It will build on the scientific underpinnings provided in stages 1 and 2 and apply them to the performance context.

Work-based learning
We consider work-based learning to be a central component of your studies. It presents you with the opportunity to not only apply theory to practice but also to develop a range of practical skills that are valued highly by prospective employers. It is expected that these modules will enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, developing the ability to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, understanding how you can address your weaknesses whilst optimising your strengths

Academic and research skills, and Honours project
The research methods module will allow you to further develop your critical skills and ensure that you are prepared for the Honours project. This project, which accounts for 37.5% of your final award, presents a significant opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to conceive and carry out a small scale research project. As a consequence of this you will not only learn a considerable amount about your chosen topic but also be able to demonstrate your ability to function as an independent learner, a quality much in demand by employers.

Entry routes

Admission directly on to this route at either stage 3 or 4 is only available to exceptionally qualified candidates who have extensive work experience. Applicants seeking admission through this route should contact us directly.

If you are interested in applying to stage 1 or 2 you will should apply for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme which will allow you to progress to this programme at the end of stage 2.

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


More info

There are numerous career paths available to graduates from this route. These include: physical activity development officers/coordinators, Active Schools co-ordinators, GP exercise referral consultants, community wellness programme workers, fitness consultant, lifestyle manager, sports administrator, and a wide range of jobs within the field of health promotion.

You will also find job opportunities in complementary occupations where leadership, motivation, communication and a logical and analytical approach are valued - police officer, fire fighter, journalist, marketing executive, public relations officer, youth worker etc.

Whilst there are specific openings for Sport and Exercise Scientists these normally require further study (MSc or PhD). This course provides a sound underpinning for such studies. If you are interested in teaching as a career, all of our courses meet the requirements for entry onto PGCE courses.

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

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

Fees & Scholarships

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Scottish and other EU students

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Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

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Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

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Overseas Scholarships

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


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