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Our MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree builds on the extensive range of subjects included in our BSc (Hons) by providing advanced topics in sports performance, exercise, health and wellbeing, including laboratory and field-based techniques, data collection, processing and analysis.

You are encouraged to develop your own programme of study by selecting topics within modules that have particular relevance to your professional, academic and personal goals. The course allows you to focus on your particular discipline(s) of interest, while enabling you to achieve a grounding in the fundamental knowledge and skills a sport and exercise specialist needs in the contemporary world.

Sport and exercise science involves the practical application of scientific principles from different disciplines (physiology, psychology, biomechanics, motor learning and sociology) to improve sports performance and the health and wellbeing of society.

This integrated degree provides the skills you need for a career in sports performance and sports coaching. It also represents an excellent stepping stone if you want to be a teacher. By learning how sport and exercise methods can improve health outcomes in society, this course also exposes you to a range of jobs in exercise, physical activity and public health. Our graduates are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the ever-changing world of sport and exercise professions.

We define our future-ready graduates as confident, self-aware, competent and resilient. These attributes are strengthened as you progress through the different levels of learning. You gain the practical and communication skills for delivering applied physical activity sessions and working in teams. You become competent in using sport and exercise science methods, including fitness tests (VO2 max, blood sampling), technique analysis (3D motion analysis), assessing psychological needs, proposing training interventions and assessing the outcomes. You develop these applied skills when working both with athletes in our Sport and Exercise Science Consultancy module, and with our partners in the local community, who use physical activity to improve health in different populations. 

This degree course has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including Public Health South Tees, and is supported by the Football Association through discussions around content and delivery of the Primary Teachers’ and Secondary Teachers’ Awards.

Our established links with local sports teams, Tees Valley Sport, Middlesbrough Football Club and MFC Foundation provide excellent opportunities for either work-related learning or undertaking placements in your second and third year, supported by a work placement conference with industry partners.

You also develop the digital skills you need to become globally connected with athletes, industry and society, with research integrity at the heart of your learning experience.

Course details

Year 1 Core modules

  • Analysing Performance: Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Analysing Performance: Psychology and Motor Learning
  • Designing and Delivering Physical Activity
  • Future Graduate Destinations
  • Sport in Society
  • The Sport and Exercise Science Consultant

Year 2 core modules

  • Designing a Research Proposal
  • Health Physiology
  • Human Movement in Sport and Exercise Science 1
  • Sport and Exercise Science Work Placement 1
  • The Health and Well-being of Society
  • The Psychology of Exercise and Health

Year 3 core modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise
  • Dissertation
  • Sport and Exercise Science Work Placement 2

and one optional module

  • Human Movement in Sport and Exercise 2
  • Physiology for Sports Performance and Health
  • The Sociology of Sport

and one optional module

  • Business and Leadership
  • Critical Approaches to Sport and Exercise Psychology Interventions
  • Nutrition for Sport, Health and Physical Activity
  • Strength and Conditioning for Sport

Final-year core modules

  • Applied Laboratory and Field Skills
  • Development of the Sport and Exercise Specialist
  • Sport and Exercise Science Work Placement 3
  • Student Independent Learning

Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Semester themes include:

  • the future facing sport and exercise graduate
  • assessing sports performance
  • the physical and mental wellbeing in society research for impact in sport and exercise science.

The flexible nature of the course enables the teaching team to develop new semester themes, in response to current trends in sports performance, grass roots participation and the public health agenda. These themes are therefore reviewed on an annual basis.

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How you are assessed

A core component of the assessment and feedback strategy is that your progress is monitored throughout the degree toward successful accomplishments in becoming research active, digitally empowered, socially and ethically engaged, and globally connected. These learning objectives are embedded throughout all aspects of the teaching and learning materials at all levels of the degree.

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Work placement

There are a wide range of placement opportunities available throughout the degree including, but not limited, to arrangements with local sports teams, Middlesbrough Football Club, MFC Foundation, Tees Valley Sport, and Public Health South Tees.

Career opportunities

A core objective of the degree is to equip you with a range of skills, competencies and knowledge for embarking on a successful career. It is important to recognise the broad range of professional roles and industries related to the field of sport and exercise science. 

Examples of these roles include:

  • secondary school PE teacher
  • primary school teacher
  • exercise referral specialist
  • sports development officer
  • head coach
  • performance analysist
  • health promotion specialist
  • researcher
  • lecturer
  • manager, through a graduate scheme
  • outdoor adventure coach
  • clinical cardiac physiologist
  • high-performance physiologist
  • biomechanist
  • sport scientist
  • fitness instructor or personal trainer
  • strength and conditioning coach

Please follow these links to job roles:

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity 

Visit the Sport and Exercise Science MSci (Hons) page on the Teesside University website for more details!





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