University of Essex

Degree level: Undergraduate

MSci Sports and Exercise Science (integrated masters) including year abroad

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Course summary

How can athletes optimise their training and performance? How can individuals and communities improve their physical activity, health and wellbeing? Our inter-disciplinary team of scientists and practitioners will help you understand the role of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in sport and exercise science. On our MSci Sport and Exercise Science (Integrated Masters), you develop the same key skills as on our BSc Sport and Exercise Science. These skills include:

  • How and why different energy systems are deployed at different exercise intensities
  • Biomechanical principles behind acute and chronic sporting injuries, and how these can be applied to prevent injuries
  • The role of ergogenic aids in improving athletic performance
  • How physical activity and nutrition can reduce the risk of cardio-metabolic disease
  • The design and implementation of psychological skills training programmes
In addition, you achieve a Masters-level qualification and have the opportunity to investigate more advanced topics in sport and exercise science, specialising in one of the areas of research being undertaken within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, such as:
  • The analysis of movement
  • How extreme environments can affect human performance
  • Paediatric exercise science
  • Sport psychology
Our course allows you to gain practical hands-on experience in our specialist laboratory facilities, as well as learning the theoretical approaches. Alongside lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory sessions, there are a range of online resources to support your learning. The first two years provide you with the professional and scientific skills needed to conduct independent research projects in your final years. You also have the opportunity to work with our Human Performance Unit, which applies the latest science to analyse performance and help top athletes stay at the top of their game. As such, the course provides you with the knowledge and experience of working with different client groups, and helps prepare you for a fulfilling career in a range of industries, especially sport, health and education. Study abroad Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The five-year version of our degree allows you to spend a year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the four-year Integrated Masters course. Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised. If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university.

Course details


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
C691
Institution code:
E70
Campus name:
Colchester Campus
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In addition all applicants require GCSE Mathematics and Science at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). If you do not meet the GCSE Science requirement but you have A-level Science or equivalent, please contact Undergraduate Admissions for advice before applying.


Unistats information

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £17700 Year 1
International £17700 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees displayed are for 2021-22 entry. Fees will increase for each academic intake and each academic year of study.
MSci Sports and Exercise Science (integrated masters) including year abroad at University of Essex - UCAS