Sports Science and Physiology 2016/17

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What is Sports Science and Physiology?

Sports science is the scientific study of how the body and mind cope with, handle and learn from the stresses of performance in sport and exercise. Physiology in particular, investigates the impact of exercise on the structures and mechanisms of the body during both acute and chronic physical activity. It is important to the understanding of exercise concepts such as training, fitness, endurance and fatigue: from the molecular and cellular level to the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.

Why study Sports Science and Physiology?

Sports science and physiology offers a fantastic insight into the various processes of the body during physical activity. Through the core disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, sport and exercise psychology, you will develop strong transferable skills that will place you in a strong position for a wide range of graduate careers.

Sport sciences at Leeds

  • Number 1 in the UK for ‘world-leading’ research in the area of sport and exercise sciences (REF, 2014)
  • 7th in the UK for sport science (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

  • 1st in the UK for Student Experience scoring 96.2% (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 7th in the UK for sport science (Complete University Guide 2016)

  • Excellent career prospects - 95% of our students are employed or have gone on to further study within six months of graduating.

  • 97% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2015)

  • 95% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14).

Discover some of our latest research into the bioenergetics of activity. See also: Sport and exercise sciences

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Course Overview

Here at Leeds our approach is to focus clearly on the core life science disciplines fundamental to the way body and mind work during exercise. Through a combination of modules based on our core disciplines you will develop an advanced understanding of the workings of the body during exercise.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.

This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3 BSc

Core Modules

Core Modules

Core Modules

The research project can be taken in general or sport and exercise physiology Both modules in:

Optional modules

Optional modules

Optional modules

This is supported by additional professional and academic skills units in which you may be able to take coaching awards or short work placements + 1 module taken from a broad range of options offered from within the Faculty of Biological Sciences and other faculties in the University, including one of the main Skills in Sports and Outdoor Activities modules provided by Leeds Sport & Physical Activities Service

Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

BSc year one

In year one you are introduced to the foundations of physiology and the other core disciplines we base the course around, including biomechanics. This year is a great opportunity to develop your skills around your interests, and develop your practical and theoretical skills.

BSc year two

In year two you will continue to specialise, with compulsory modules in exercise biochemistry and the physiology of absorption and excretion. During the first two years our students develop their communication and interpersonal skills by undertaking additional experiences outside of academia, including coaching awards.

BSc year three

In year three you will specialise in one of the core themes, and undertake a research project within the theme you choose. There will be advanced level modules available including advanced exercise physiology, and you will graduate with a broad base of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.

MSci year three and four

In year three of the MSci you will study compulsory and optional modules from the BSc alongside preparation for the Masters level of year four. In year four your main focus will be on an extended research project in your area of interest. Past topics include ‘Influence of Footwear on Knee Joint Kinetics’ and ‘Knee Motion in Overweight Individuals’, the experiences and skills offered by undertaking an extended research project will place you in a very strong position for a career in research as well as a number of other graduate careers.

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MSci.

To find out more about this MSci degree programme download our guide and our overview on MSci programmes.


Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skill, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

  • A typical week in year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour laboratory practical and additional workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
  • Year two includes approximately six hours of formal lectures and eight to ten hours hours of laboratory practicals plus seminars, tutorials and private study.
  • The final year requires a greater degree of independent study, and you will undertake a research project.

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will depend on the pathway that you choose:


Course Title



Sport Sciences and Physiology

3 years


Sport Sciences and Physiology with industrial placement year

4 years


Sport Sciences and Physiology with a study year abroad

4 years

MSci, BSc

Sport Sciences and Physiology

4 years

MSci, BSc

Sport Sciences and Physiology with industrial placement year

5 years

MSci, BSc

Sport Sciences and Physiology with a study year abroad

5 years

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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:

• Clinical support (cardiac physiology and exercise referral)

• Biomedical engineering

• Physiotherapy

• Occupational health

• Coaching

• Education and training

• Providing technical expertise for major sport organisations

• Scientific research in academia and industry.

Our degrees prepare you for a variety of opportunities in scientific and non-scientific careers. In an increasingly competitive job market, they can give you the edge and help you stand out by developing the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. The structure of our courses as you go through the years offers opportunities for real-world experience and employment, here you will develop the communication and interpersonal skills necessary for success in your future career. You could also gain additional vocational qualifications and experience, such as a National Governing Bodies of Sport coaching award or working as a volunteer in a community sports club.


I am lucky enough to be the Nike Account Manager (sales) for a top Premier League team, England Rugby and two major online football accounts. This role involves several skills such as gross to net and brand management across football and rugby for every business unit, as well as a high level of presentation, negotiation and decision-making skills in order to expand the accounts and Nike’s business. Neil Johnson: BSc Sports Science & Physiology