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BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

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Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC),

including a science based subject (P.E. and Psychology are accepted science subjects).


By studying with us, you benefit from our enviable industry connections with elite sport and exercise science companies such as STATSports and Qualisys. We are a global university partner of both brands. We have outstanding specialist facilities in our Human Performance Laboratory, where you can develop employment-ready practical skills, and apply the knowledge you learn on the degree.

The course is made up of the three main areas of Sport and Exercise Science: Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics. Those three main subject areas each split into sport performance science, and clinical exercise and health science. As your course progresses, you can tailor your degree to your preferences, choosing subjects that interest you most, or will give you the best possible chance in your chosen career path.

Throughout your degree we support you as an individual, to make sure you make the right choices for your learning and graduate career. Since our state-of-the-art facilities mirror the settings found in professional environments, you leave our University with valuable skills demanded by both elite sport performance science, and healthcare science employers. Indeed, our facilities are used for elite sport science support for the Suffolk FA, Ipswich Town Football Club Academy, Ipswich Basketball, as well as clinical exercise science research with our NHS partners.

Some of our recent graduates have secured work for specialist, high-profile organisations, thanks to the expertise attained during their studies. These include Arsenal FC, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and elite sport science support roles in the USA. The opportunities are vast.

You could be one of our students who work on real industry research projects, on the final year Dissertation module, which will further enhance your employability prospects.

Sport and Exercise student, Jasmin Taylor, has been featured on ITV Anglia following a successful Telemark season and her second World Championship bronze medal. 

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Course modules

The degree is designed to help you develop the scientific knowledge and practical skills required to work in professional sport performance science, or clincal exercise science. 

We use a wide variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods. The aim is to challenge you with a variety of experiences in a supportive environment, which will enable you to develop into a very employable graduate. These will include exercise laboratory and field test work, case studies of athlete and clinical patient scenarios, and original sport and exercise research using groups of athlete / patient participants.  You will be assessed using a diverse mixture of practical skill observations, presentations, essays, exams and your own original research articles. Many of the assessments replicate scenarios you would experience when working as a professional sport performance, or clinical exercise scientist.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Mechanics of Human Movement
Anatomy for Sport and Exercise Science
Science in Sport
Exercise Physiology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science
Statistics for Sport and Exercise Science
Exercise Metabolism (Optional)
Physical Activity and Exercise Behaviour (Optional)
Sports Performance Physiology
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Applied Sport Psychology
Applications of Exercise Psychology
Ergonomics in Sport
Clinical Exercise Biomechanics

Career opportunities

Our graduates have moved on to fantastic careers. Currently, in elite sport science, we have graduates working for Arsenal FC and Ipswich Town FC, and elite sport science providers in the United States of America. In clinical exercise science, other graduates work for the prestigious Papworth Hospital as clinical and exercise physiologists, and Allied Health Professionals as exercise rehabilitation specialists. Some of our graduates have successful teaching careers, in physical education, biology, chemistry and physics subjects. Your exposure to world-leading sport and exercise science facilities will ensure you and your CV are ‘career ready’.

I was looking for something that utilised both theory and practice and this course offered exactly that. The practical side of the course was the biggest benefit to my development. Learning about techniques is great in theory but there are a lot of places where it stops there. Here ...

Fees and finance


  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £10,080 p.a.


Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £13,000 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

Applicants must have a science based subject (P.E. and Psychology are accepted as science subjects). 
Plus five GCSEs at grade A-C including Mathematics, English and Science (or equivalent) or five new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.


Director of Sport Sciences and Coaching

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Lecturer in Football Performance Analysis

Lecturer in Football Coaching

Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine

Associate Professor in Nutrition and Human Health

Lecturer in Life Sciences, Department of Science and Technology

Facilities and Resources

Our students enjoy brilliant access to world-leading research and professional practice equipment. These are based in our modern Human Performance Laboratory, based right on the waterfront in the James Hehir Building.

As well as being a global university partner for both STATSports and Qualisys, for sports global positioning systems and human motion capture technologies, you will enjoy full use of cardiopulmonary exercise apparatus (used to assess cardiac and metabolic function of athletes and patients), isokinetic dynamometers and electromyography (used to assess joint and muscle function in athletes and patients), electroencephalograms and other neurological, biofeedback and neurophysiological apparatus (used to assess a variety of psychological functions in athletes and patients).

There are many other types of specialist equipment, and we pride ourselves on giving you access to all of our specialist equipment. You get to personally use everything in our Human Performance Laboratory during your studies (not just watch us demonstrate it). You will learn by doing!

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Benefit from our partnership with STATSports – the world's leading player tracking and analysis provider in elite sports.