Faculty of Health Sciences

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

UndergraduateBSc (Hons) Available in Clearing

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C613

What you'll study

Blend practical experience and theory to explore the role of nutrition in sports performance and general health.

We offer a foundation year to boost your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

This course gives you the opportunity to study how exercise and nutrition affect sporting prowess, from amateur level to professional. Throughout your time at Hull, you enhance your future prospects in the field by working through specially designed modules that cover all essential areas of the subject.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Applied Human Physiology

    Gain an understanding of the structure and function of the major organ systems in the human body. The primary focus is the understanding of the major homeostatic processes and mechanisms regulating human physiological function. You'll learn through lectures and practical laboratory sessions.

  • Introduction to Nutrition

    This module gives you an introduction to the role of nutrition in human and exercise performance. We use a blend of lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals to provide you with different learning experiences and to help improve your knowledge and understanding of nutrition.

  • Preparation for Learning in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module considers the key study skills required to succeed in the Sport, Health and Exercise Science programmes. In this module you will learn how to read, write, present, think critically and to undertake research in the key aspects of the degree you have chosen.

  • Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module will help you understand the role of psychology in sport, health and exercise environments; and will provide you with basic knowledge regarding the use of various psychological assessment tools (e.g., anxiety inventories, etc.) and techniques (e.g., imagery, relaxation, goal setting, etc.).

  • Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module provides a solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying sport, health and exercise science. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed using quantitative, qualitative and systematic reviews as methods of conducting research.

  • Global Challenge

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Year 2 introduces more specific Sport and Exercise Nutrition modules in line with accreditation, for example, Nutrition across the Lifespan, and Diet and Disease.

Sport, Health and Exercise Science has created its own Student Thesis Conference - the only one of its kind in the UK. This allows Year 2 students to present research plans, while Year 3 students can reflect on their completed dissertations projects and publish any significant findings. Demonstrating the capacity to present the findings from these applied research projects in this challenging setting is an invaluable experience in terms of boosting employability.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Sport Physiology

    This module will introduce you to the fundamentals of sport physiology within the context of sports performance. It will also introduce you to both laboratory and field-based methods for measuring sports performance and the physiological responses during sporting activities.

  • Nutrition in Sport and Exercise

    You will gain an understanding of all aspects of nutrition relating to health. Furthermore, there will be a specific focus on the role of marcronutrients, fluid balance and supplements, and their importance for those participating in regular sport and exercise.

  • Nutrition and Diet in Health and Disease

    This module provides an opportunity for you to learn about how nutrition and exercise can influence common diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. You'll take part in classroom discussions, examination of research and the collection and interpretation of health-related data.

  • Nutrition in a Specialist Sporting Population

    Gain an understanding of the changing nutritional considerations that influence performance related to various specialist sporting populations, as well as those participating in extreme environments.

  • Research Methods

    This module offers the exciting opportunity to prepare and undertake a small action research project. It will introduce you to research methodology, the need for ethical approval, how to find and analyse data, and how you can use literature to support the formulation of a research question. The module will also help you to become better critical readers of others’ research.

  • Global Challenge

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Dissertation

  • Ergogenic Aids

    Discover the different type of ergogenic aids that are available and how they can enhance sports performance. You'll learn through a combination of taught sessions and structured, guided self-study.​

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

  • Professional Practice in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in an approved work experience placement in a range of sport, health or exercise science activities.

  • Food Science

"The placement opportunities we have been given are absolutely amazing, I’ve been at Doncaster Rovers and Hull FC."

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"My favourite thing about the course is the practical element to it, you get to do a lot of work experience and back it up with a lot of theoretical knowledge".

David Scott

More about this course

Mixing academic theory with real-world practical experiences, we combine two disciplines in this fascinating degree. You'll learn how one subject affects the other with a focus on metabolism, diet, performance and physical conditioning.

  • Placement opportunities with professional sports clubs such as Hull City, Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.
  • Access the latest technology in our upgraded £16-million facilities.
  • 95% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).

You'll hone skills in assessment and diagnosis, enhancing your credentials as you enter a professional career after graduation. Learn from experts who collaborate on research with the likes of FIFA, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency. You'll work in facilities such as our Sports Rehabilitation Suite, Health and Human Performance Laboratory, Environmental Chamber, Performance Analysis Suite, and Exercise Physiology Laboratories. These are on top of our excellent indoor and outdoor sports facilities, which are currently undergoing a £16 million transformation.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

40%

32%

28%

Second year

42%

23%

35%

Final year

25%

26%

49%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

Hull Campus

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Study under experts who collaborate with the likes of the International Olympic Committee, UEFA, FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Our state-of-the-art sports facilities are currently being upgraded in a substantial £16-million investment.

Find out more

Benefit from our excellent placement opportunities through links with professional sports teams, such as Hull City AFC.

Become part of an impressive community of sport and health graduates.

Sport, Health and Exercise Science has created its own Student Thesis Conference - the only one of its kind in the UK.

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Entry requirements

During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you're more than just letters on a page!

Some courses do still have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462238 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Future prospects

Students graduating from our sport programmes in general go on to work within a variety of clinical settings such as the military (as exercise remedial instructors), the NHS, in occupational health and all levels of sport. Some graduates have also set up successful private businesses. Others choose postgraduate study at PhD level.

Our programmes also develop a range of transferable skills, which are attractive to employers beyond the field of health, care and sport. These skills include written, verbal, and non-verbal communication, leadership, problem solving, organisation, working as a team, time management and data analysis.

These skills are attractive employers in the public and private sectors. You will therefore also be equipped for a successful career in diverse areas, including the Civil Service, the police force, broadcasting and banking.

During your time with us you have the opportunity to undertake placement and practical work experience. Our regional network of clinical and non-clinical healthcare providers in Hull and the East Riding, means you can work with real clients and patients throughout the course and gain a distinct advantage over graduates who may have followed a purely fact-based learning pathway.