Buckinghamshire New University

Degree level: Undergraduate

MSci Sport and Exercise Science

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Course summary

Why study this subject? On this course, you’ll learn in state-of-the-art facilities, develop a critical understanding of the principles underpinning sport and exercise science and learn how to analyse and evaluate performance needs. You’ll design and deliver training interventions with the goal of improving health and wellbeing, optimise performance and minimise the risk of injury. You’ll leave us being confident in working with people at all levels of ability, from recreational exerciser to elite athlete. This course has been endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Graduating with an accredited degree provides you with a competitive advantage that is recognised nationally and internationally. Upon completion of this course not only will you graduate with a Master’s level qualification, but you’ll also have plenty of work-based experience which is crucial for the highly-competitive nature of this industry. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? Our teaching staff are actively engaged in professional practice meaning we’re constantly strengthening relationships with high-performance sports organisations who provide our students with even more opportunity to learn. We’re currently linked with Watford FC, Wycombe Wanderers, Reading Ladies WSL and academy teams, Amateur Swimming Association, British Rowing, GB para-athletes and many community level sports clubs, athletes and local schools. Not only is our MSci Sport and Exercise Science course endorsed by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science, but as a student with us you’ll also have the opportunity to sit the CIMPSA accredited gym instructor and exercise referral qualifications. The impressive relationships we have with accrediting bodies and local and national organisations means you’ll be set-up perfectly to apply for jobs within gyms, leisure facilities and health clubs both to support you whilst you study with us and once you’ve graduated. What facilities can I use? During your degree, you’ll spend a considerable amount of time using our Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre which has an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The Human Performance laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. You’ll have the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art observation lab to engage in the measurement of psycho-physiological responses using Biopac©. You’ll be able to measure the activity of the cardiovascular system, brain, autonomic nervous system and more. You’ll also have access to Tobii eye tracking equipment and HTC Vive, a virtual reality software, meaning you can push the boundaries and get creative with your research ideas! What will I study? In this programme, you’ll focus on learning the key areas of sport and exercise science, covering areas like health physiology, biomechanics, sport nutrition performance analysis, human anatomy and data analysis. You’ll spend part of the time applying the skills you’ve developed in professional practice, by providing sport and exercise science support to athletes. You’ll learn how to work in an interdisciplinary team, developing the skills to grasp information provided from support members from all sub-disciplines to optimise athletic performance. Our MSci Sport and Exercise Science degree combines underlying scientific principles and highly practical skills from the sport science disciplines. We combine principles from classic disciplines like physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary ones like strength and conditioning, sports coaching, performance analysis and nutrition.

Course details


Year one Introduction to Coaching Theory and Practice Introduction to Health Physiology Human Anatomy Foundations of Exercise Physiology Data Analysis of Sports and Exercise Science Foundations of Biomechanics Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology Fundamentals of Strength and Conditioning Year two Coaching and Athlete Development (optional) Cognition & Emotion in Sport & Exercise Psychology (optional) Research in Sport and Exercise Applied Exercise Physiology Sports Nutrition Applied Biomechanics Exercise Prescription & Instruction Performance Analysis in Sport Applied Sport and Performance Psychology Year three Contemporary Coaching Issues Sports Injury and Rehabilitation Skill Acquisition and Learning in Sport Professional Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology Exercise Referral Sports Science in Practice Clinical Biomechanics Training and Periodization in Physiology and Nutrition Year four Research Project with Research Methods Contemporary Issues in Sports Performance Applied Sport Science Support

Assessment method

We combine principles from classic disciplines like physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology with skills from contemporary ones like strength and conditioning, sports coaching, performance analysis and nutrition. The way we’ve designed this programme to combine such a broad combination of subject areas means you’ll graduate with a holistic understanding of what it takes to prepare for a career within the field of Sport and Exercise Science. You’ll be taught by our specialist teaching team through lectures, practical sessions, seminars and workshops and will be assessed through presentations, portfolio assessments, viva, practical assessments and written work.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BASES, British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

For information about applying to Buckinghamshire New University as an International applicant, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/international

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14250 Year 1
International £14250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Buckinghamshire New University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships. For more information, please visit https://www.bucks.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/financial-support-bursaries-and-scholarships

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