Sport and exercise science is the scientific study of how the body and mind handle, and learn from, the demands placed on them in sport and exercise. Our courses address such questions as: How do injuries occur? Is it possible to improve performance? How does the body react in an extreme environment? This degree is the perfect opportunity to explore the biological process of the body during physical activity. As well as offering you the chance to study something you are passionate about, with the ability to tailor your degree to your interests, it acts as the perfect springboard for a graduate career in a variety of areas.
Our particular approach to sport and exercise sciences focuses clearly on the core life science disciplines that are fundamental to understanding how the body and mind work in a sport or exercise context. You will study four core disciplines: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology.
"The facilities available are excellent. The labs are brilliant to work in and have access to a lot of technical equipment which has definitely aided my learning by gaining a hands on experience."
Year 1 is a common course year, which will introduce you to the core concepts of sports science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sport and exercise psychology. This is supported by additional professional and academic skills modules, where there are opportunities to take coaching awards or short work placements.
In Year 2 you will build on the knowledge and skills from year one, taking specialist modules in areas such as the mechanics of sport and exercise science, while further developing your practical skills in our state-of-the art laboratories.
In Year 3, you will take specialist compulsory and optional modules relevant to your chosen degree course, alongside preparation for your major final-year project. This includes additional taught elements that prepare you for the advanced skills module in year four and a shorter project that forms the groundwork for your Masters-level research. The main focus of the final year is the research project, which can align to one of the core disciplines.
In Year 3 of the MSci, you will take compulsory and optional modules from the BSc alongside preparing for Masters-level study in year four.
In Year 4 (MSci), you will study Advanced Professional Skills for sport and exercise scientists along with Masters topics in sport and exercise sciences. MSci graduates leave with the advanced-level skills and knowledge that really set them apart in the graduate job market. Examples of MSci projects include:
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|Motor Control: Foundations of Control and Learning||10 credits|
|Functional Anatomy for Sports Scientists||10 credits|
|Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science||20 credits|
|Fundamentals of Mathematics||10 credits|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology||10 credits|
|Introduction to Biomechanics||10 credits|
|Foundations of Physiology||20 credits|
|Cardio-respiratory Physiology and Exercise||10 credits|
|Neuroscience for Exercise Science||10 credits|
|Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist||20 credits|
|Exercise Physiology in Sport, Health and Disease||20 credits|
|Mechanics of Sport and Exercise 2||20 credits|
|Skill Acquisition, Motor Learning and Rehabilitation||20 credits|
|Social and Applied Psychology of Sport and Exercise||20 credits|
|Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science||20 credits|
|Research Project||40 credits|
|Personal Development and Employability for Sport and Exercise Scientists||30 credits|
|Extended Research Project||90 credits|
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Teaching takes place over three terms, divided into two semesters. Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second years will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final-year research project, where independent research and learning will be supported by guidance from leading experts. As a guide, a typical week in year one includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study. You will also benefit from our range of online resources such as Virtual Labs @ Leeds. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.
Including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science at A2. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.GCSE:
Typically Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.
We do not accept Access to HE.
We do not accept BTEC qualification.
D3/D3/D3 including Pre-U Biology plus another science or science-related subject.
35 points (18 at Higher Level) including 6 in a science and another science or science-related subject at Higher Level.
AAAAAB including an A in a Higher Level science (Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry) and another science or science-related subject at Higher Level.
Advanced Higher: 5 x Highers AABBB, with AA in 2 Advanced Highers including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE. General Studies and Critical Thinking excluded. We accept the following science subjects: biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics. Scottish Higher: Scottish Highers not accepted on their own.
AAA including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.Science- related subjects: PE, Geography, Use of Maths, Psychology, Statistics, Geology and Computing.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £20,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
The Faculty of Biological Sciences offer a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students. Find out more about our scholarships
Number 1 for employability – the Faculty of Biological Sciences is ranked highest for employability amongst Russell Group universities. Higher than Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Durham, Edinburgh, Kings College, Liverpool, Manchester, York. Sport science at Leeds is a highly respected discipline. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of areas, including roles in:
Faculty Employability team
We have a dedicated Employability Officer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences who works closely with the University’s Careers Centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placements. We also organise regular careers workshops designed specifically for sport sciences students to develop their career opportunities. These include our annual Bioscience Networking Event, which gives you the chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
All our degree courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a placement year as part of your degree. These are taken between years two and three of the degree programme. Most placements are based in the UK, although there is scope for placements abroad. Work experience is increasingly important in a competitive job market. An industrial placement is an excellent opportunity to sample a relevant workplace environment and give you that ‘added extra’ for entering the job market. An industrial placement will also help prepare you for graduate-level employment. Our students have recently undertaken placements at: