Faculty of Health Sciences

Sport and Exercise Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C610

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

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.

  • Principles of Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Explore anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system and explores how they relate to functional human movement. You will perform a range of basic biomechanical analyses on data collected and demonstrate competence in a range of numerical techniques and data analysis.

  • 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.).

  • Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    In this module, personal, professional and societal challenges will be discussed interactively. The module aims to shift problem-focused mindsets to a more solution-focused mindset by exploring creative and innovative approaches to address challenges, such as drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

  • 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.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Social Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise

  • 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.

  • Analysis of Human Movement

    Explore the biomechanical methods we can employ to analyse human movement. You'll cover kinematics and kinetics using motion capture and force-plates as well as measurements of strength and muscle size using an isokinetic dynamometer and musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

  • Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    Explore the fundamental concepts and skills involved in measuring fitness and writing an exercise prescription for non-clinical populations. You'll learn about the benefits and risks of exercise, laboratory and field tests used to measure fitness, and the principles of training and methods used to monitor exercise dose.​

  • Professional Standards within Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    This module exposes you to the multiple disciplines within sport, health and exercise science and how specific career pathways can be formed in accordance with relevant governing bodies. The module encourages critical self-reflection as a future sport, health and exercise practitioner.

  • 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.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Dissertation

  • 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.

  • Biomechanics in Health and Clinical Practice

    This module will enhance your critical appreciation of biomechanical analyses in a clinical setting. You will cover topics such as lower-limb amputation; osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; normal development and ageing; and barefoot running.

Optional modules

  • Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

  • Sport Performance and Injury Prevention

    Learn to critically evaluate literature, to conduct, analyse and report relevant testing and to disseminate that knowledge to peers. You will be exposed to key themes that impact sporting performance and/or injury prevention as well as develop key practical and personal skills by conducting a mini-research study.

  • 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.

  • Applied Psychology in Sport Science

    In this module, you will learn about the role of a Sport Psychologist, including qualification routes, code of conduct and ethics. You'll learn how to design theoretically informed interventions to enhance athletes' performance, including pre-performance routines, imagery, goal setting and mental toughness.

  • Training and Performance in Extreme Environments

    Gain an understanding of aspects related to working and exercising in environmental conditions under which the human body is severely stressed. This will enable you to evaluate and synthesise the complex nature of the human response and adaptation for training and performance under changing environmental conditions.

  • 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.

"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

Our BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree is ideal for those with an interest in gaining scientific knowledge in areas such as physiology, psychology and biomechanics. At Hull, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theory to real world situations. The programme has been designed to recognise the new communication and technological challenges sport and exercise practitioners face – and there is a growing demand for graduates with the skills to support athletes, coaches, clients and other professionals.

You can access highly specialist equipment in our world-class Health and Human Performance Laboratory, and Exercise Physiology Laboratory on top of our excellent indoor and outdoor sports facilities. You’ll take part in our annual Undergraduate Student Thesis Conference (STC) - a unique platform to creatively showcase research progress and skills. We also offer a Foundation Year for those who don’t have the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

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.

Find out more

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.

You will require a satisfactory Health check and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check 

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

By gaining expert knowledge in the disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics, you’ll graduate with the necessary grounding to specialise towards your chosen career.

By developing both the theory and real-world skills relevant to this growing market, you’ll graduate ready to work in a variety of roles in a number of specialist areas including: sport performance, monitoring and enhancement, teaching, personal training, or careers in weight management and other NHS services.