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Sports Science degrees abroad

Sports science is a broad field of study which looks at the principles behind human performance and participation in sport and exercise today. It’s a relatively new program that has grown in popularity in recent decades.

As a sports science student, you’ll be examining how sport works in society. You’ll learn about various sports science sub-disciplines which range from psychology, physiology and biochemistry, to anatomy, sociology and coaching. You’ll use your knowledge to make recommendations about how best to optimize sporting engagement and success.

Studying sports science abroad is a fantastic opportunity to see how sporting landscapes look at an international level. You’ll experience another country’s sporting culture and network with world experts to enrich your knowledge of the subject. As well as this, you’ll make lifelong friends and memories.

Sports Science program structure

You can study sports science at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level. BSc programs usually last between three and four years and will give you a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between sport, the body, the mind and society.

At the higher levels of MA and PhD, you’ll have a narrower focus on a more precise and specialist area of sports science.

You will be taught mostly through lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and practical lessons. Sports science programs are usually assessed through a combination of exams, coursework, presentations, practical deliveries and a final dissertation or research project. It’s important to note that you won’t be assessed on your sporting ability or fitness level.

If you would like to study in the US, you’ll need to choose sports science as your major. In the US liberal arts model, you work on your general education for the first two years of your program before specializing in your major for the final two years.

The exact content of your program will differ depending on your institution and country of study. However, you can expect the find the following core topics in most sports science programs across the world:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Teaching and coaching
  • Sociology of sport
  • Diet and nutrition

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Sports Science study abroad programs

Sports science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports science

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    Allied Sports Professions: Exercise Science - BSED Cleveland State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,764 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,765 USD

    Start date
    January, May
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    Applied Exercise Science - BSc Gannon University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,999 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,000 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise and Sports Science - BSc University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,043 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 32,450 AUD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Exercise Science - BSc Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,335 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Exercise Science - BSc Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    27,579 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,580 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Associate in sports science

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    Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology - ASc San Jose City College, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,137 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: HVAC Residential Technology - ASc Riverside City College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,500 USD

    Start date
    February, June, August
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    Exercise Science - AASc Portland Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    26 months
    Annual tuition fee
    9,289 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,290 USD

    Start date
    March, September
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    Exercise Science - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,519 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - AASc Elgin Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,510 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,510 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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Diploma in sports science

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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - UGDip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,365 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician with Co-op - Dip (with placement) Georgian College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    26 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,087 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in sports science

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    Air Conditioning & Refrigeration - Cert College of the Desert, USA
    • Blended learning

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,368 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,368 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science - Cert Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    10,650 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 10,650 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Heating and Air Conditioning - Cert Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    7,305 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,305 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology - Cert Lake Land College, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,500 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Personal Trainer/Strength And Conditioning - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    May, November
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Pathway in sports science

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    Sport & Exercise Science (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,341 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,700 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Sports science graduate programs

Master's in sports science

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    Clinical Exercise Science - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,675 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Exercise Science - MSc Long Island University Brooklyn, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,618 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 21,618 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Exercise Science - MSExSc University of Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    25,782 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 25,782 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science - MSc Middle Tennessee State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,171 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 26,172 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Exercise Science + Nutrition (4+1) - Integrated BSc/MSc Simmons University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    4 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    40,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,850 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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Doctorate in sports science

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    Exercise Science + Physical Therapy (3+3) - Integrated BSc/DPT Simmons University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    40,850 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 40,850 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Exercise Science and Physical Education - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    4,473 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
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    Sport, Health and Exercise Science - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    17,675 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    February, October
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Diploma in sports science

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    Exercise Sciences - GradDipSci University of Auckland, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,710 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 37,895 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - OCDip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,737 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,272 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - GradDip Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    19,965 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,851 NZD

    Start date
    February, July
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Certificate in sports science

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    Exercise Science and Lifestyle Management - PGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,156 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,840 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Future sports science careers

Thanks to the ever-growing sports industry, there are plenty of career options for sports science graduates. Your specialist knowledge and skills will be desirable to employers in a range of sporting circles. Your degree could give you the edge in the following professions:

  • Sports coach
  • PE teacher
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports journalist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports therapist

If you have a specific career in mind that you’d like to pursue after graduation, it’s a good idea to tailor your module choices around this field. Most universities have a career advice service that will be able to support you with these decisions.