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Study sports science in the UK

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

What alternative sports degrees can you study in the UK?

What do sports science experts in UK say?

  • Dr Andrew Scott

    Dr Andrew Scott

    University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Health Lecturer
    Dr Andrew Scott says

    Studying exercise science in the UK provides the opportunity to critically study the evidence base for exercise for health alongside the potential for vocationally-relevant training and experience.

    The UK provides world class education for a range of students so there's no better place to gain multicultural experience.

    Lifestyle-related non-communicable conditions are increasingly prevalent in developed and developing countries with health care being costly. Being trained to engage people in long term healthy lifestyles can reduce healthcare costs to the individual and societies potentially mitigate the side effects of long term conditions and their treatments.

    Appropriately trained and experienced students may remain in the UK following the completion of the degree. Such graduates also return to their home country to apply the still newly emerging field of exercise science as entrepreneurs or in forward thinking organisations.

  • Dr Helen Symons

    Dr Helen Symons

    University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Health Lecturer in Sport Management and Development
    Dr Helen Symons says

    The UK has an established and evolving exercise and fitness industry. The BSc (Hons) exercise and fitness management degree course will allow you to gain an understanding of both the science and the management within the context of the exercise industry in the UK.

    The United Kingdom has a well established exercise and fitness industry. The ability to study both science and management fields allows students to gain a perspective on the whole industry within the context of the UK.

    The UK has an established exercise and fitness industry. On this BSc (Hons) exercise and fitness management degree course, you’ll build skills in both science and management elements of the degree program.

    These skills could set you up as a professional in the fields of fitness management, personal training or nutrition. You will also gain the skills to work within the fields of sports event management, the sports sciences, or your own business. These skills are all built from the context of these industries in the UK.

    The business skills you'll develop on this course allow you to work in areas such as facilities management, sport marketing, private consultancy or set up your own business within the field of exercise and fitness. You'll be set to do postgraduate study in exercise and sport science or management too.

  • Dr Joseph Moore

    Dr Joseph Moore

    University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Health Lecturer in Biomechanics
    Dr Joseph Moore says

    The UK is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, demonstrating internationally renowned research excellence alongside high standards of teaching.

    These universities are situated in a welcoming, culturally diverse, and interesting society that allows international students to develop inside and outside of the academic environment.

    The United Kingdom also offers excellent employment opportunities whilst studying and after graduation with employers around the globe recognizing the quality of degrees obtained in the UK and the value they add.

    Sport and exercise science provides students with an opportunity to transform their interests to a rewarding and fulfilling career. By studying the theory behind improving sporting performance, reducing injury risk, and the effect of physical activity and exercise on health, students get to experience a range of areas where sport and exercise science has a positive impact on society.

    The skills and knowledge students gain throughout their degree will enable them to pursue their desired careers, whether this be in the global elite sporting sector, or the growing area of health related fitness.

    Graduating with a degree in sport and exercise science from a UK institute provides students with a number of career opportunities including working in the National Health Service, teaching and education, health and fitness sector, and elite sport. A recent report found that over 70% of sport and exercise science graduates were employed in a related occupation six months after graduating, and 97% in work or further study.

  • Dr Matt Dicks

    Dr Matt Dicks

    University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Science and Health Senior Lecturer
    Dr Matt Dicks says

    As evidenced through the array of sports teams and organizations across the United Kingdom, there is extensive scientific knowledge dedicated to supporting sports performance in professional settings. This cultural context of applied sport offers a great platform with which to critically evaluate scientific literature and consider evidence-based best practices.

    UK Universities offer a high standard of education and campuses that are culturally diverse. Geographically speaking, the fact that the UK is relatively small in size - with a range of historical landmarks - means that there are ample opportunities to travel and see a lot of what the country has to offer.

    International students will get the opportunity to engage with an enthusiastic lecturing team with expertise in scientific research and applied sport science. Sport plays an important role within the UK's culture and this motivation and passion is equally reflected in the subject of sports science.

    Students graduate to work in an array of professional sports settings, including roles such as an applied sport scientist or performance analyst. In addition, a number of students go on to scientific careers in research or education in sport science.

Top sports science programs in the UK

What are the top Sports Science Undergraduate programs in the UK?

Bachelor's in sports science in the UK

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    Sport and Exercise Sciences - BSc (Hons) University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,680 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Rehabilitation and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Sport Rehabilitation & Conditioning - BSc (Hons) University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,900 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
    Show program overview about Sport & Exercise Science
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    Sport and Exercise Science - BSc (Hons) London South Bank University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    5 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,780 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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Pathway in sports science in the UK

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

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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What are the top Sports Science Graduate programs in the UK?

Master's in sports science in the UK

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

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Sport, Health and Exercise Science - MPhil University of Portsmouth, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, October
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    Sport and Exercise Science - MRes London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    13,250 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    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
    12,750 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September
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    Sport and Exercise Science - MSc Liverpool Hope University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    11,400 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in sports science in the UK

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    Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,200 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

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

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 GBP

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    February, October
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Student reviews for sports science in the UK

  • Ragul Selvamoorthy
    France
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    Liverpool Hope University Sports Science
    Tell us about studying sports science in the UK
    Lectures were world class, lecturers were world leaders in their research fields. Workload is well balanced, stressful but manageable.