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Study sports science abroad

An in-depth guide to studying sports science as an international student.

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

Alternative sports degrees

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Sports science study abroad programs

Sports science undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports science

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    Kinesiology - Exercise Science and Health Promotion - BSc University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    29,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 29,800 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Exercise Science/Pre-Health Professional - BSc Murray State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,920 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,920 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science - BSc Auburn University at Montgomery, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,336 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,336 USD

    Start date
    January, June, August
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    Sport & Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,586 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - BA (Hons) Edge Hill University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,749 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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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
    8,138 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 8,138 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science - ASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    5,520 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,520 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Exercise Science - AA Hesston College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,992 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,992 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Kinesiology, Sports & Exercise Science - AA South Seattle College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    9,687 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,687 USD

    Start date
    September, January, April, June
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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
    August, September, January, February, June
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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
    12,097 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,412 CAD

    Start date
    January
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Certificate in sports science

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    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques - Cert Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    12,355 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,741 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician - Cert Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    14,976 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,080 CAD

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    6,892 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 6,892 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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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
    15,586 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 11,400 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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Sports science graduate programs

Master's in sports science

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    Strength & Conditioning - MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,799 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,750 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Clinical Exercise Science - MSc University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences - MSc University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    Start date
    January, September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - MRes London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    18,116 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,250 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - Integrated BSc (Hons)/MSc York St John University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Master's
    Duration
    3 years
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    17,432 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,750 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in sports science

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    Sport, Health and Exercise Science - PhD University of Portsmouth, UK
    • Part-time

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 7,750 GBP

    Start date
    October, February
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    Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,047 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 13,200 GBP

    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
    5,464 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 4,500 EUR

    Start date
    September
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Diploma in sports science

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    Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Annual tuition fee
    12,084 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,396 CAD

    Start date
    September
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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
    14,003 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.