Faculty of Health Sciences

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C613

What you'll study

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 will enhance your future prospects in the field by working through specially designed modules that cover all essential areas of the subject.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

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

  • 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

* Modules are subject to availability

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

  • 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

* Modules are subject to availability

You can switch to a Masters course from bachelor level study and vice versa, subject to attainment conditions and funding where applicable. You may be required to complete certain modules as part of any transfer.

Core modules

  • Dissertation

  • Ergogenic Aids

  • 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

"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

"I have had the chance to go on placement at various places including professional sports clubs and clinical settings. I have also had the opportunity to provide event massage at big events such as the Great North Run and the Hull Marathon."

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More about this course

Blending traditional academic theory with real-world practical skills and experiences, we bring these two disciplines together in this distinctive degree. As you learn, you put the skills you develop into practice with groups ranging from professional athletes to clinical populations. In addition, you learn how one discipline affects the other, with a focus on metabolism, diet, performance and overall physical conditioning. You also hone skills in assessment and diagnosis, enhancing your credentials as you enter your professional career after graduation.

There are two course options for studying Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Hull. The foundation year option is ideal if your qualifications do not allow direct entry on to our three-year BSc programme. 

You can access highly specialist equipment in our world-class Health and Human Performance Laboratory, and Exercise Physiology Laboratory. Add to this exceptional indoor and outdoor facilities, and first-rate research-driven teaching at your disposal (including access to our own Metabolic Research Unit), and the move from university to employment is a seamless one.

You benefit from the knowledge and experience of world-class academics from the Hull York Medical School(HYMS) and the University of Hull, and get practical work experience with contacts across our enviable regional network of healthcare providers and professional sports clubs. This helps you to build the confidence to translate theoretical evidence into practical interpersonal skills, which will allow you to support individuals or groups and evoke positive behavioural change.

Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

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

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

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Work with professional sports teams and elite athletes, as well as with NHS patients wanting to improve their health.

Our £1.5-million Health and Human Performance Lab boasts the sector's latest and most innovative technology.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 18 credits at distinction in science units.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £16,600 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


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.