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Sport and Exercise Science (MSci (Hons))

Course Description

MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science at Winchester focuses on the disciplines of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport and Exercise Biomechanics and Research Methods.

Programme Content

Students may wish to pursue the three year BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science pathway or the four year MSci (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science pathway.

The Sport and Exercise Physiology strand gives students an understanding of the physiology underpinning exercise and sports performance and provides opportunities to test this understanding in a range of practical/applied settings.

The Sport and Exercise Psychology strand enables students to make an informed assessment of those psychological factors which may influence an individual's involvement and performance in sport and exercise.

The Sport and Exercise Biomechanics strand provides students with the opportunity to apply the laws of physics and the principles of mechanics to exercise and sports performance.

The Research Methods strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msci-hons-sport-and-exercise-science.aspx

Learning and Teaching

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning skills, as well as building their confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e., lectures, seminars, etc.), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

Key features of the student experience include:

- Active learning via numerous practical sessions
- Chances to enrich learning, for example, coaching courses
- Guest speakers
- Teaching informed by research and consultancy

Students also have the opportunity to interact with visiting students to help them better understand sport in different countries and cultures, whilst the Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) enables students to work with academics on a genuine research project, so that they engage first-hand in cutting-edge scholarly activity and build vital transferable skills for their future.

The course is accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES).


At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


Graduates work in sport and exercise science support or performance sport support. Others may enter careers in teaching, leisure, tourism, education, research and health.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice.

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

Entry Requirements

240-280 points. If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent.

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