Faculty of Health Sciences

Sport and Exercise Science

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: C610

What you'll study

Learn how to help athletes improve their performance. And how to protect the general public's health and wellbeing through exercise.

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.

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 on 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 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 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. It will provide you with basic knowledge regarding the use of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

  • 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

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.

  • Social Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise

    Gain an understanding of the significance of psychosocial dynamics in performance sport, health and exercise. You'll develop awareness of the key concepts and terminology underpinning youth and gendered social dynamics and explore issues that impact activity and health in society, such as muscle dysmorphia, drug use in sport and, barriers to 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, explore how laboratory and field tests are used to measure fitness, and discover 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, exploring 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 to 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

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

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

  • 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 and 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, osteoporosis, normal development, ageing and barefoot running.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease

    Study the underlying pathophysiological basis of various disease states including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and sarcopenia. The direct impact of exercise on these diseases will be considered, both in theory and practice.

  • Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module will provide you with a solid background regarding contemporary issues relevant to the fields of health and exercise psychology. It will also help you design theoretically-driven and empirically validated behavioural change interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle (e.g., preparing a campaign that promotes physical activity as a means of facing obesity).

  • 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 injury prevention, as well as developing 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 macronutrients, 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 the performance of various specialist sporting populations, as well as those participating in extreme environments.

"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

Our BSc in Sport and Exercise Science is ideal if you're interested in gaining scientific knowledge in areas like physiology, psychology and biomechanics. Our staff work with both top-level sports performers and NHS patients. And you’ll gain the same kind of experience thanks to our connections with professional sports teams, elite athletes and local health providers.

  • Access the latest technology in our upgraded £16-million facilities.
  • 95% of 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).
  • Gain valuable experience through placements with sports clubs like Hull City, Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers.
  • 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).

At Hull, you’ll learn from experts who collaborate on high-level 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

2020 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.

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.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.
  • International: £17,200 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Future prospects

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

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