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UCAS code: 
Institution code: 


Three years full-time.

Five years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2017 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC),

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).


The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree is comprised of three main subject areas: (1) Physiology, (2) Psychology, and (3) Biomechanics. The degree provides you with the opportunity to apply learned contemporary research supported theory, in both sport performance science, and clinical exercise science practical settings.

A key aim of the degree is to provide all students with the opportunity to develop advanced practical skills, which are based on a comprehensive knowledge of sport and exercise science subjects. To best enable this, we ensure you will personally use state-of-the-art equipment, in settings that replicate those found in elite sport science and clinical exercise science settings.

Indeed, the Human Peformance Laboratory where your practical learning experiences take place is used for real elite sport science support with Ipswich Town FC, and clinical exercise science research with a number of NHS partners. Many of our students have worked on these industry projects during their degree.

We also ensure you complete your own original research project during your degree, in a contemporary sport and/or exercise science discipline of your choice. Together, these degree characteristics mean you develop highly desired employability skills whilst you are learning.

The first two years of the degree involve studying all of the physiology, psychology and biomechanics subject areas. These first two years ensure you have a sound knowledge and practical skill set in each of these core disciplines of sport and exercise science. In the third year, all of the modules are optional, which means you can tailor your study areas to your career aims and/or subject preferences. You will also undertake an original research project in your third year; the research topic is chosen by you.

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

Students will learn the fundamental principles of exercise physiology, and how key variables are measured and quantified. Knowledge attained in this module will underpin many subsequent study areas. Students’ study will cover how exercise physiologists are able to investigate the function of the major systems of human physiology, including the nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems. Students will learn how to draw rational conclusions from exercise physiology data. 

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

An exciting characteristic of this module is the consideration of such a variety of influential factors that encourage or deter sport or exercise participation. The opinion and influence of friends, family, coaches and managers will help students appreciate the importance of social dynamics and interactions, in both sport and exercise settings. Students should realise simple ways to enhance positive behaviours, using the right types of sport and exercise interventions.

Mechanics of Human Movement

Students will study the theoretical principles that govern a biomechanical analysis of human motion in a sport and exercise context. Students will explore the dual roles of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems in coordinating human motion and appreciate the relative contribution of each system. Students will learn to relate theory-based methods – used to describe human movement - to the anatomical features of the body and gain a formative introduction to kinesiological research techniques. Basic mathematical modelling procedures utilised in the kinesiological assessment of human motion will also be explored.

Exercise Physiology

In this module, the acute responses and chronic adaptations of the major physiological systems of the body to exercise are studied. These will include the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and systems levels of physiological function. Furthermore, the integrative nature of the neural, endocrine, metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal responses is explored. Students are encouraged to critically appraise research evidence to help develop their understanding of key concepts in exercise physiology, including the analysis of quantitative data.  This module builds on the knowledge and understanding provided by the first year human and exercise physiology modules.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

An understanding of the relationship between important psychological attributes and optimal functioning for individual and team sporting environments can help to explain achievement in either field. This module is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the scientific principles, concepts, theories and practice associated with sport and exercise psychology. This will be related to both (a) the individual sporting performance, and (b) exercise participation and adherence for health promotion.

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics

Content relating to structural kinesiology will be developed to enable students to biomechanically explain and evaluate human movement in an applied setting. Quantitative description of human movement patterns will include kinetic and kinematic study of angular and linear motion. Furthermore, the concepts of mechanical work, energy and power will also be investigated within an applied setting. Students will critically compare and contrast the practical attributes of qualitative and quantitative motion analysis techniques.

Research Project

The Research Project will provide an opportunity for individuals to develop an area of scientific interest arising from their sport, exercise or coaching science discipline. The focus of the Research Project will be a research-based study, central to which will be some form of hypothesis testing or problem solving. It will enable students to utilise practical, intellectual and decision making skills in novel situations. The Research Project will provide a mechanism for the development of autonomy and self-direction whilst undertaking a problem solving approach to a research topic.

Sports Performance Physiology

In this module, students will explore scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of a variety of sports training strategies, for improved physiological performance. These will include training and performance of aerobic endurance, strength, anaerobic power and capacity, as well as the integration of multiple fitness components. Students will explore scientific evidence concerning of physiological conditioning training design, including periodization, recovery strategies, tapering, and the effects of de-training on a multitude of physiological performance measures. Students will also cover sports nutrition recommendations for performance and recovery aims, and the training requirements of specialist populations (e.g. paediatric exercise physiology).

Clinical Exercise Physiology

In this module, students will understand the use of exercise as a treatment strategy to prevent or ameliorate a range of clinical conditions. The module will explore the aetiologies of various conditions, and review the acute responses and chronic adaptations of exercise on physiological function. Students will also explore the practicalities of delivering a safe and effective exercise prescription to clinical populations. Topics will include cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary disease and disorder, musculoskeletal conditions, exercise immunology, and more.

Applied Sport Psychology

In this module, students will critically examine the psychological needs of athletes participating in various sports, and at different competitive levels. The application of psychological skills training to optimise sporting performance will be reviewed and critically appraised. The major schools of thought in sport psychology will be interrogated, to best understand their use in aiding an athlete’s sporting potential. Critical evaluation of various interventions, in various sporting settings (e.g. for disabled athletes) will be encouraged during the duration of the module.

Applications of Exercise Psychology

Physical activity and exercise have been regularly shown to improve human health and important psychological attributes. However, promoting exercise adoption and maintenance is known to be a significant challenge, with a significant proportion of the population choosing not to adopt a physically active lifestyle. Applied exercise psychology may play an important role in enhancing motivation to exercise, explaining sedentary behaviours, and examining the psychological and psychophysiological effects of physically active lifestyles. A sport/exercise psychologist must also explore realistic and effective ways to promote physical activity and exercise through the whole human lifespan. This is vital given our ageing population, and the importance of maintaining quality of life in old age.

Ergonomics in Sport

In the context of strength and conditioning, and sports biomechanics, ergonomics can be thought of as the science of optimizing physical potential through the use of specialist training apparatus and equipment. Students will explore the application of ergonomics in strength and conditioning, and critically evaluate its validity and efficacy in a range of sporting/exercise biomechanics scenarios. This module will evaluate the application of a variety of ergonomic aids and consider their use within numerous areas of strength and conditioning (e.g. optimising physical adaptations to training, rehabilitation, injury prevention, etc.). It is vitally important that students learn how strength and conditioning specialists, and sports biomechanists combine scientific-evidence and real-world experience to assess the efficacy of new ergonomic training aids.

Clinical Exercise Biomechanics

In clinical exercise therapy, biomechanics plays a central role in optimizing human motion, reducing the risk of injury and maxmising the effectiveness of rehabilitation strategies. Sport and exercise biomechanists must be able to identify pathomechanical gait features, and consider their clinical significance. Professional biomechanists utilise a diverse range of advanced modelling techniques to identify discrete pathomechanical features of human movement in both static and dynamic states. To this end, the biomechanist must not only synthesize and interpret data from a movement analysis, but offer insight into possible corrective strategies to restore function and/or reduce the rate of physical deterioration.

Career opportunities

In recent years, students have secured very exciting professional roles and careers. These include elite sport science (including Arsenal Football Club and Ipswich Town Football Club), and clinical exercise science (cardiac, pulmonary and musculoskeletal rehabilitation). One of the great benefits to your careers prospects is that our degree guarantees you use of advanced sport and exercise science equipment and test protocols. Therefore, you develop real and meaningful employability skills throughout your studies.

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: £11,580 p.a. 
  • Further Information

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At the 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 you course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2017 entry: 120 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBB (A-Level), DDM (BTEC).

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 C or above (or equivalent) to include English, Mathematics and Science.

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.


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