Guide to Studying Sports Science

What is Sports Science?

  • Sports science is the study of how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health, physically, mentally and socially. 
  • The study of sport science incorporates many other academic studies and areas, like physiology, psychology, anatomy, engineering and chemistry.

Why study Sports Science?

  • The UK is, without wanting to be too naively patriotic, the home of modern sport. There is no better place to study sport than here, where there are expert courses in all areas, and a national obsession with sport.
  • Sport science is a relatively new academic discipline, but one that is taken extremely seriously and which has received serious funding. Advances in technology and medicine are breaking ground every day.
  • Sports scientists are a profession in high demand - the job market is very good. As technology involves and the need for athletes to get any extra edge becomes more acute, your skills will be valued.
  • This is a degree with a wealth of career options and paths along which one may specialise. Sports Science grads may become coaches, psychologists, agents, personal trainers, or work in sports government.
  • If you are a sports fan, then working in it every day, no matter what sport it is, would be a dream job. Sports science puts you right at the heart of it, with placement opportunities galore.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. You are assessed principally via written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests, and a final research dissertation. In most courses, the first year is an introductory year with no bearing on your final degree score.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Psychology with Sports Science
  • BSc Sports Science with Management
  • BSc Sports Science and a modern foreign language
  • BSc Physiotherapy and Sports Science

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the uni, although some A Level subjects - like Biology and Maths - are usually essential.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

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What are the postgraduate opportunities

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Sport Science, as well as masters in Clinical Practice for Sports Injuries, Applied Sport Physiology, Sport Nutrition, Clinical Biomechanics, and Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Sport Science degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as an academic understanding of sport, and how athletes reach the peak of their fitness and skill.
  • Particular job areas, as well as sports scientist, include physiologist, fitness centre manager, teaching and lecturing, sports administration, coaching, sports therapy, event management, and activities manager.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including schools, both in the UK and abroad.