Study the science behind sport and exercise at Roehampton and learn how to optimise athletic performance, prevent injuries, improve wellbeing and help athletes with recovery. Also available with a Foundation YearApply Now
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences
3 years :
4 years :
Full-time - with Foundation Year entry
Learn to understand and improve sport performance, study in our state-of-the-art sports and exercise facilities, gain industry experience and kickstart your career in this exciting and growing field.
Sport and Exercise Science is made up of three core disciplines: Physiology (the branch of biology that deals with of how the body functions), Biomechanics (the study of movement of the body and the forces that underpin movement), and Psychology (the study of the mind and behavior). Our Sport and Exercise Sciences degree will give you an in-depth understanding how to apply these sciences to sport and exercise, as well as the opportunity to study other related topics including nutrition and health.
Our enthusiastic tutors and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment provide lively interactive ways to learn, ensuring you have the best possible experience. We emphasise both theoretical and practical understanding across the range of disciplines, to ensure you have the subject knowledge as well as the ability to apply this practically. Employability skills are a core part of the curriculum, to ensure you become a quality graduate in a strong position to build careers in the sports & exercise industry or beyond.
Check out our Sports and Exercise and Biomechanics laboratories, and take a virtual tour here.
Some of the unique aspects of the course at Roehampton include:
The option to study all three core disciplines (Biomechanics, Physiology, and Psychology) as well as Nutrition across all three years, not just in some years.
The option to undertake your final year dissertation project in either a ‘by-research’ or in a ‘by-practice’ format. The former is a traditional format suited to those particularly interested in the generation of new knowledge (research). The latter is a novel format, not widely available elsewhere. It is designed for those particularly interested in provision of sport science support to clients.
The presence of an optional module in which students can gain relevant vocational experience as part of their studies (Work Place Learning).
In your first year you’ll start exploring the three key academic disciplines that make up sport sciences – physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You’ll then go onto expand your knowledge in second year and spend lots of time in the laboratory practically applying your knowledge and skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to take modules with emphasise employability skills, apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios, and undertake work experience. In third year you’ll choose your modules, tailoring your degree to your own specific interests, as well as complete your dissertation.
Foundation Year Option:
This course is offered as a degree with foundation year – a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.
You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.
You could go on to work in the NHS, in areas such as health policy or health promotion, or become a public health nutritionist. Alternatively, you could work as a nutrition consultant in the fitness and private sectors and some of our graduates have taken their skills into the food and beverage industry, working in product development or food safety. You could also go on to further study and research at postgraduate level.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.