BSc Sport and Exercise Science

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

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Course length

3 years

Entry requirements

112 points

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Course overview

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.

You’ll learn from experts who collaborate on high-level research with the likes of 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 and Performance Analysis Suite.

Six reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science at Hull

  1. Placements with professional sports teams
  2. 94% student satisfaction with resources*
  3. 95% graduate employability rating
  4. Study at the only university partner of Team GB
  5. Expert staff work with the likes of FIFA and UEFA
  6. Links with elite athletes and health providers

What you'll study

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.

First year modules

  • Core

    Applied Human Physiology

    In lectures and lab sessions, you'll cover the structure and function of the body's major organ systems. 

    Principles of Anatomy and Biomechanics

    Explore anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal system and how they relate to functional human movement.

    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. 

    Sport, Health and Exercise Psychology

    This module provides you with knowledge of various psychological assessment tools and techniques, such as anxiety inventories, imagery, relaxation and goal setting.

    Challenges Faced with Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    Here we adopt a solution-focused mindset - creatively approaching challenges like drugs in sport, obesity, poor nutrition and the ageing population.

    Conducting Science in Sport, Health and Exercise Science

    A solid grounding in to the scientific practice underlying the subject. It explores and critiques how data is collected and analysed.

Second year modules

  • Core

    Social Psychology of Sport, Health and Exercise

    Examine the effects of psychosocial dynamics in performance sport, health and exercise. You'll explore issues like muscle dysmorphia, drug use in sport and barriers to exercise. 

    Sport Physiology

    Examine the fundamentals of physiology in the context of sports performance. This module introduces methods of measuring performance and and physiological responses during sport.

    Analysis of Human Movement

    Explore the biomechanical methods to analyse human movement - including kinematics and kinetics using motion capture and force plates.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    Explore the key concepts and skills involved in measuring fitness and writing an exercise prescription for non-clinical populations. 

    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.

    Research Methods

    Prepare and complete a small action research project. It's hands-on learning about research methodology, ethical approval, data analysis and formulating research questions. 

Final year modules

  • Core


    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.

  • Optional

    Exercise Prescription in Health and Disease

    Study the underlying pathophysiological basis of various disease states including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and sarcopenia. 

    Contemporary Issues in Health and Exercise Psychology

    Gain a solid background in contemporary issues in health and exercise psychology. It will help you design behavioural change interventions that promote a healthier lifestyle.

    Sport Performance and Injury Prevention

    You'll explore 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

    Gain an understanding of nutrition relating to health. You'll focus on the role of macronutrients, fluid balance and supplements, and their importance in sport and exercise.

    Applied Psychology in Sport Science

    Here you'll learn about the role of a sport psychologist, including qualification routes, code of conduct and ethics.

    Training and Performance in Extreme Environments

    Gain an understanding of working and exercising in environmental conditions under which the human body is severely stressed. 

    Nutrition in a Specialist Sporting Population

    Investigate the changing nutritional considerations that influence the performance of specialist sporting populations, as well as those exercising in extreme environments.

    Biomechanics in Health and Clinical Practice

    On this module, you'll cover topics such as lower-limb amputation, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, normal development, ageing and barefoot running.

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

How you'll study

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.

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Entry requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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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 

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.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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

£9,250 per year (subject to approval)*


£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.

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. 


If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of


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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Personal trainer
  • Clinical exercise scientist
  • Sports coach
  • Sports therapist

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.

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*Satisfaction score for learning resources (National Student Survey 2019, HEIs)

†Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018