Health and Exercise Science MSci (Hons)

4 years, starting in September 2018

Understand the role of physical activity and exercise medicine on population health and wellbeing. Prepare yourself for a range of careers in the health sector.

This degree (previously titled Physical Activity and Health) combines science, social science and public health perspectives. It is a flexible course, combining the study of the determinants of health from scientific, social and policy perspectives. You’ll investigate the impact of physical activity, diet and health behaviours on population health.

You will study the different approaches to promoting health and wellbeing. The course will provide you with a broad skill set in science and research techniques. The first year will introduce you to the study of core social science and research topics. You’ll study public health, physiology, sociology, psychology and biomechanics.

In Year 2 you’ll specialise in evidence-based policy, psychology, sports medicine, health education and physiology.

In your final undergraduate year, you will undertake a research project. This could be in public health, nutrition, physiology, sociology, psychology or an interdisciplinary approach.

The undergraduate master's (MSci) equips you with the practical and analytical skills to conduct independent research. This can be into an area that interests you most. This advanced qualification puts you ahead of other holders of bachelors' degrees in the job market. You will be well prepared for doctoral level (PhD) research work.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Placement
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Year 3

  • Contemporary public health issues
  • Physiology of exercise and health
  • Exercise prescription
  • Applying psychology to physical activity and health
  • Research design and project preparation
  • Plus optional units

Year 4

  • Disability sport and exercise
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Advanced health policy
  • Physical activity and health across the lifespan
  • Research project
  • Plus optional units

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Oral assessment
  • Portfolio
  • Practical work
  • Written examination

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 22% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 78% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
“I always wanted to focus on public health, medicine and exercise medicine.”
Rory Bott

MSci (Hons) Health and Exercise Science (2016)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying sport, exercise science or public health. This might include relevant reading or involvement in organising or coaching sport clubs or teams. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.

You do not need to have studied a science subject to a high level to be considered for this course, however, we prefer applicants who can demonstrate a solid grounding in science. Examples include studying a science or mathematics A level, having a strong performance in the science units of a BTEC Extended Diploma or grade B or 6 in two or more science GCSEs.

If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

AAB – A*AC

AAB or A*BB or A*AC in 3 A level subjects

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).

Alternative offer A level

ABB

Plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:
D*DD in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D3, D3, M1 or D2, M1, M1 or D2, D3, M3

Alternative offer:
D3, M1, M1 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile prior to making an application.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 70% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AB in Advanced Highers plus AAABB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • AB in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in one A level subject plus DD in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AB in two A level subjects plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • AAB in two A level subjects excluding Accounting plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Health and Exercise Science
  • Final award
    MSci (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    C612
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

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