Sport and Exercise Science

Key Facts

Code C600
  • Typical A-level offer


  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study Aberystwyth University's BSc Sport and Exercise Science Degree you will experience a degree programme designed to be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature. Combining disciplines such as Physiology, Psychology and Biomechanics, the Sport and Exercise Science Degree provides you with the applied skills, knowledge and competences that will act as the foundation for your future career. 

The degree prepares you to support athletes, promote physical activity and health and deliver exercise programmes as well as developing your research, data analysis, personal and employability skills.

 Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS): 91% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from IBERS who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Employability
  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Student Views


Sport and Exercise Science concerns the scientific analysis of how the human body moves, exercises and performs sport. The aim can be to improve human health and function, prevent disease or injury, or increase athletic performance. It explores the sciences of biomechanics, physiology and psychology to provide theoretical knowledge, and then applies this knowledge to practical situations. Sport science is concerned with the application of science to maximise the performance of an individual athlete or team, whereas exercise science uses the application of science to improve general health and well-being through exercise..

Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth
You will use state-of-the-art facilities that are also used for research to experience physiological, psychological and biomechanical analyses. During your degree you will use and understand the workings of professional laboratory equipment including:
Physiology Laboratory for Health and Performance
Movement Analysis Laboratory for Health and Performance

Available extra-curricular activities
Ultimately, you are the one to decide on what you do outside the degree, but some suggestions are:

  • take advantage of the facilities of the University Sports Centre
  • join a fantastic range of University sports clubs, offering competitive sport and recreational activities
  • integrate in the student community via clubs and societies
  • enjoy the safe environment the town of Aberystwyth has to offer
  • gain coaching qualifications in specific sports

Our lecturers are active researchers, providing the opportunity to engage with research activities and public engagement events, offering valuable experience that enhance your employability. 

You will be mentored by a lecturer who acts as your personal tutor throughout your degree. Your personal tutor can advise you on available volunteering opportunities, or assist with any other aspect of your personal development.

Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (120 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Foundations In Biomechanics SS11200
Musculo-skeletal Systems SS12200
Introductory Nutrition For Sport & Health SS12610
Group Dynamics In Sport & Exercise SS15110
Skills For The Sport & Exercise Scientist 1 SS15410
Research In Sport & Exercise Science 1 SS19200

Semester 2

Foundations In Biomechanics SS11220
Foundations In Cardio-respiratory Physiology SS12010
Musculo-skeletal Systems SS12220
Foundations Of Sport Psychology SS13210
Foundations In Exercise Psychology SS13410
Research In Sport & Exercise Science 1 SS19220

Year 2 Core (120 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Sport & Exercise Physiology SS22120
Sport & Exercise Psychology SS23120
Work Experience SS25100
Skills For The Sport & Exercise Scientist 2 SS25410

Semester 2

Biomechanical Analysis SS21120
Work Experience SS25110
Applied & Integrated Studies 1 SS25310
Sport And Exercise Medicine SS25510
Research In Sport & Exercise Science Ii SS29220

Final Year Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules

Semester 1

Applied & Integrated Studies 2 SS35300
Research Dissertation SS39500

Semester 2

Applied & Integrated Studies 2 SS35320
Research Dissertation SS39540

Final Year Options You must take a total of 60 credits from the following list

Semester 1

Advanced Biomechanics SS31120

Physiology Of Training And Performance Enhancement SS32220

Semester 2

Exercise Management In Health And Chronic Disease SS32320

Sport & Exercise Nutrition SS32620

Applied Sport Psychology SS33720



Career prospects
Upon successful completion of your degree, you will have skills and knowledge to find your next job within (professional) sports, personal coaching, governing bodies, health, physical education or continue into academia and research. 

Your ability to integrate your knowledge in physiology, psychology and biomechanics and apply this to understand how an individual would respond to training is easily transferrable from sport to health. With the increasing focus of sport, exercise and physical activity to promote health and wellbeing, a degree in sport and exercise science will set you up for diverse career paths.

Transferable Skills
Employers look for a range of skills; not just subject specific, but also general transferable skills a graduate should have. During your degree, you will develop many graduate skills valued by future employers, including:

  • Communication skills, developed through oral presentations and writing
  • Team work, developed through group projects and group assignments
  • Analytical skills, Including the research process, data analyses, efficient information gathering and evaluation
  • Mathematical skills, using equations to quantify human movement, data processing
  • Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills, for example via role playing scenarios
  • Information technology, both of generic computer skills and subject specific (e.g. motion analysis software)
  • The ability to work independently and plan your activities and organise your work load to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance

You will monitor and reflect on these skills via the University’s Personal Development Portfolio Programme, where you will be assisted by your mentor to record your progress. Various modules in our degree have a specific employability focus, for example to develop your consultancy reporting skills using a client-centred approach, the assessment of practical skills, the production of literature reviews. A mock job application in your third year has for some students even resulted in getting that particular job when they subsequently applied for it in ‘real life’!

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers a fantastic opportunity for you to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market.

The University’s Career Service
The University’s career service can help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement, work experience or volunteering. You will also be eligible to participate in the GO Wales scheme which offers students work tasters and paid placement opportunities. Students from our Sport and Exercise Science degree have previously participated in work taster opportunities including volunteering in a hospital and running Physical Education workshops in a local secondary school.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Learning outcomes
All modules you will take as part of the Sport and Exercise Science degree have been developed to contribute to the learning outcomes of the degree. Each module will contribute to particular degree learning outcomes and you will gain more advanced knowledge and skills as you progress. During the final year, you will have the opportunity to opt for specific modules that are closest to your area of interest, and complete a research dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Contact time and self-study
You will be taught through a series of lectures and seminars by our vibrant and experienced staff, but also through student-centred projects, workshops, problem-solving sessions and tutorials. Laboratory classes feature extensively and you will become skilled in using scientific equipment for sophisticated fitness testing and motion analysis. All modules are backed up by electronic resources to help you study beyond the classroom.

Assessment is based on a combination of essays, coursework, laboratory reports, quizzes, case studies, portfolios, posters, presentations and examinations.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Your personal tutor will also assist you with a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. The PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan your work load, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

A very enjoyable and challenging course. Great members of staff who are always approachable, and assignments are specific to what we are doing in each module. The equipment and laboratories are up-to-date and there are many additional opportunities from doing this course that you can't get if you are on other degree schemes such as free first aid courses. Aaron James Francis Cross

The Sport and Exercise Science programme at Aberystwyth University provides students with the best possible opportunity to develop a future career in professional sport. The programme offers a strong education, combining the best scientific knowledge with practical situations. I really like the facilities that the Department of Sport and Exercise Science provides. There are different laboratories such as: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and research methods. You have a fantastic opportunity to study human motion and muscle dynamics as well as to work with exercise scientists. I thoroughly enjoyed my first semester during my undergraduate degree; I acquired transferable skills such as: oral and written communication, teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making. Rostislav Revako

Sport and Exercise Science is a very interesting course, where you are constantly tested in engaging ways. The staff are amazing and are always ready to share their expertise and help you in any way they can. The course covers physiology, psychology and biomechanics. This is a massive advantage as there is something for everyone and it keeps the course fresh and interesting. The wide range of assessments is also a plus, enabling you to still do well whether your strength is exams and essays or group work such as posters and video presentations. Overall, it is just a really fun course. Ryan Edward Roscoe

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics and a Science subject

BTEC National Diploma:

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall

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