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Course summary

Want to turn your love of sport and fitness into a lifelong career? Sport and Exercise Science graduates are in demand, whether you want to encourage and support people to take up sports and exercise, work in a clinical environment – or help propel them to the top of their game. At ARU, we're proud to be ranked third in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2022. Study sports science with world-leading experts in our specialist labs in Cambridge, on a degree course endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Here, you’ll learn to apply the four key disciplines of sport and exercise science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. Our Sport and Exercise Science degree course is also endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), so you'll graduate ready to work in the UK’s burgeoning sport and fitness industry or to continue your learning journey to postgraduate study. Find out more about our approved and accredited courses. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience, with internships and an optional placement year. On our Sport and Exercise Science degree course at ARU, you’ll explore the scientific principles and techniques that underpin health, wellbeing and sporting performance. Sports and exercise scientists can work at all levels, from the general population to elite performance – and our course prepares you for that. You’ll study the nature of the human machine: how this operates when engaged in sport and exercise, and how to interpret and evaluate its responses. Our students are based in the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Sciences. Here, you’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sport and exercise scientist in our laboratories. There’s the chance to hear from world-leading guest speakers too, through our Excellence in Sports seminar series; and to take part in training opportunities, such as working as a strength and condition coach or as part of the student led Physiology testing consultancy team. As you’d expect from a university that’s passionate about sport, you’ll find an array of array of sports clubs and societies here. And to top it all off, there’s financial support on offer for talented athletes.


Year 1 Modules Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 1 Introduction to Sport Coaching & Development Practical Delivery of Sport and Physical Education Multidisciplinary Sport and Exercise Science 2 Professional Development - Level 4 Year 2 Core Modules Applied Research Skills Practical Competencies in Biomechanics Physiological Profiling for Strength and Power Psychological Profiling for Sport Professional Development - Level 5 Ruskin Module Year 2 Optional Modules Nutrition for Health and Exercise Perceptual Motor Skills Strength and Conditioning Biomechanics: Analysis of Motion Physiological Profiling for Endurance Year 3 Core Modules Physiological Responses to Training Physiological Basis of Training Year 3 Optional Modules Undergraduate Research Project Advanced Work Placement Applied Biomechanics Applied Sports Psychology Advanced Strength and Conditioning Performance and Exercise Nutrition Current Topics in Biomechanics Exercise Medicine Contemporary Issues in SEP Psychology

Assessment method

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification 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) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
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