No major athlete or team is complete without a sports scientist on their staff. Our course trains you to work in this fast-moving field – and there’s financial support for promising athletes. You’ll work with professional athletes to understand and apply the four key disciplines of sports science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. Sports science uses scientific principles and techniques to help improve the performance of athletes. It’s applied at all levels, from grassroots to elite level performance. Professional sports scientists make a significant contribution to the success of athletes and teams across an array of sports at national and international level. They also provide education on the benefits of exercise to people’s general health and wellbeing. Our course gives you the skills you need to work at the top level. You’ll explore the nature of human performance from health through to athletic excellence; how the human machine operates when engaged in sport and exercise, and how to interpret and evaluate its responses. You’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sports scientist. Our sport and exercise science laboratories will help you put what you’ve learnt to the test. They contain cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment – including 3D motion capture suite, high speed treadmills, metabolic carts for the assessment of cardiorespiratory responses, force plates, hydrostatic weighing tank for assessing body composition, full haematology suite, an array of cycle and rowing ergometers, GPS systems for field work and eye-tracking glasses. You’ll also have access at any time to a wide range of sports science software packages.
Year one, core modules Anatomy for Motion Exercise Physiology Applied Sport Pedagogy Pedagogical Principles in Sport Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sport and Exercise Psychology Organisation and Structure of Sport Introduction to Human Movement Year two, core modules Applied Research Skills Psychological Profiling for Sport Practical Competencies in Biomechanics Physiological Profiling for Endurance Applied Research and Employability Year two, optional modules Sport and Exercise Nutrition Perceptual Motor Skills Strength and Conditioning Biomechanics: Analysis of Motion Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power Year three, core modules Physiological Basis of Training Undergraduate Research Project Physiological Responses to Training Research Project (Dissertation) or Advanced Work Placement Year three, optional modules Applied Biomechanics Applied Sports Psychology Strength and Conditioning Performance and Exercise Nutrition Theoretical Aspects of Biomechanics Exercise Medicine Contemporary Issues in Sport, Exercise and Performance Physiology
Throughout the course, we’ll use a range of assessment methods to help you measure your progress. These include presentations, practical skills tests, scientific reports, case study critiques, online assessments and a research project. We’ll also encourage you to reflect on your work, and participate in peer assessment.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
2020 entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when Apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic Level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.