By the end of this course, you should:
Understand the contribution of the disciplines of sports science to the understanding of performance enhancement in its various forms.
Be able to demonstrate a broad appreciation of each of the major sports science disciplines (biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control/sports psychology).
Have an in-depth appreciation of at least one of the disciplines, and their relationship to exercise and/or sport.
You'll be introduced to state-of-the-art techniques currently in use in research laboratories and will have an understanding of theoretical and conceptual foundations of biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sports and exercise psychology.
You'll also develop the analytical, evaluation and design skills necessary for work in a research environment.
Health and exercise is a key issue for both medical practitioners and for sports scientists and this course will provide an added dimension and focus for your medicine-related studies.
A major feature of the course is the research project, which will enable you to bring your own perspective to an individual or group project and to work alongside staff at the forefront of their area of research.
Projects can be either laboratory or field-based. In both case state of the art equipment is used to collect data. Alternative, evaluation of the literature may be conducted via systematic reviews. Project titles cover the full breath of disciplines in sport and exercise science, for example:
Attention and joint coupling in jumping tasks.
Sudden cardiac death during active sports: would screening be cost effective?
Can ventilator efficiency provide an effective measure of performance?
The role of physical activity in psychological recovery from chronic disease and disability.
The research project itself is written up as a journal article, and if of high enough quality this lends itself to some students having the opportunity for publication.
Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Teaching will be through lectures, practical classes, seminars, small group teaching, tutorials and a research project. Assessment is similarly varied, including in-course assessment (formative and summative) and written examinations. The in-course assessment exercises include tests of practical skills, essay writing, data manipulation and problem solving. The research project will be assessed throughout the project and on the final written report. Degree classification will be based upon the marks obtained in each of the component modules, with the appropriate credit weighting applied.