No major athlete or team is complete without a sport and exercise scientist on their staff. Our course trains you to work in this fast-moving field – and there’s financial support for promising athletes. Our course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and meets the rigorous industry standards laid out in the four key disciplines of sport and exercise science – physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. You will also work with professional athletes in our BASES accredited laboratory that allows you to secure real-world experience and employability skills, working across a number of performance sport settings.
This course has been validated to include an optional placement year in industry. For more information about placement opportunities, please contact the Placements Team.
I chose sport science because I have always had a love of sport and how the body works. It was great to tailor what you study to the subjects that interest you
Sport and Exercise Science applies to all levels of exercise – from the general population to elite performance. It uses scientific principles and techniques to help educate and improve the quality of health and wellbeing of individuals, and enhance the performance of athletes and teams across an array of sports at national and international level.
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 sport and exercise scientist within our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. You’ll develop key employability skills in a research setting, as well as gain effective practical skills that are in demand from top level clubs and sporting organisations.
In your final year you’ll have a unique opportunity to choose between a final year research project or you can choose to work and complete a project in industry and deliver on an organisation’s strategic priority, as a result potentially creating a service/product that helps them fulfil their needs.
You’ll get involved in a wide range of activities on this course, anything from strength and conditioning training through to testing VO2 max to understand the limits of athlete human performance. You’ll benefit from experienced lecturers, including current athletes and practising professionals. Our team currently includes a Paralympian World Record holder, Scottish Women’s Rugby player and Judo champion, right through to those working behind the scenes such as sports analysts, psychologists and nutritionists (ie BASES Accredited Sport Scientists).
Our sport and exercise science laboratories will help you put what you’ve learnt into practice. They contain cutting-edge, industry-standard equipment – including a 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 suites, 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 sport and exercise science software packages.
In addition to all of this, we offer optional training opportunities to improve strength and conditioning coaching, be part of the exercise testing consultancy team and you’ll have the opportunity to join a number of sports clubs and societies as part of Active Anglia.
To top it all off, the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Sciences offer a range of activities (ie research seminars, consultancy, coach network groups) including an Excellence in Sports seminar series, where you’ll get to listen and learn from world leading guest speakers from the world of sport.
Check out our scholarships and bursaries that we offer to promising athletes.
Sports science graduates are increasingly in demand around the world. There are wide-ranging employment opportunities for introducing people to sport and exercise, to developing them as participants, and even helping take them to the top. As a sports scientist, you could work:
You could also continue your studies at a higher level, perhaps by doing a PGCE, which would allow you to teach. You might go on to train as a physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, clinical exercise consultant or healthcare scientist in the NHS. Postgraduate degrees in sports science are also more and more popular as a route into doing research.
During the course, you’ll be encouraged to improve your employment prospects by making connections with industry. For example, you should consider becoming a student member of the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES). You can then attend, and even present at, their student conferences. We also have links with a wide range of sporting organisations, including:
We also have strong research and collaboration links with the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge; and the Department of Sport at the University of Montpellier, France.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. If you’d like to continue your studies we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, including MSc Sport and Exercise Science.
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.
The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages
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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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