Sport and Exercise Science MSci (Hons)

5 years with combined placement and study year abroad, starting in September 2018

Develop your knowledge of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You’ll understand how humans function in sport, physical activity and health environments.

In this degree, you’ll focus on the study of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You’ll apply your knowledge of these subjects to sports performance and exercise participation. You will understand the relevance of sport and exercise science to current practice. The course ensures that you will develop a broad skill set. The first year will introduce you to basic science, sport and exercise science disciplines. You will also learn about research methods and techniques. Your second year will advance your study of these disciplines and further your skills. The final undergraduate year will allow you to specialise with your chosen discipline. You will also undertake your own research project.

The undergraduate masters (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. This is also a financially attractive route, as you will be able to apply for an undergraduate student loan for the duration of your studies.

Course structure

This course lasts 5 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2023. 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
  • Combined placement and year abroad
  • Year 4
  • Year 5

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.

Placement

The placement is an opportunity to gain real-life work experience. You’ll improve your skills and it is a great way to try different careers.

You’ll leave university with a strong CV that will set you apart from other graduates entering the job market.

Recent placements include:

  • South Australian Sports Institute
  • New South Wales Institute of Sports
  • Army Research Training Division
  • Sussex County Cricket Club

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements or view an overview video.

Year abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at an approved highly ranked partner institution. Your international experience will enhance your skills and prepare you for employment in the competitive global graduate market.

The study abroad option is currently available in Germany and Australia, and we continuously seek new partners to widen our study abroad offer.

Find out more about study abroad.

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
  • Other

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 24% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 76% 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
“The placement gives you invaluable experience whilst you’re still at university. It is really beneficial when you're looking at a competitive job market.”
Harry Taylor

MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Placement Year (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying topics in sport and exercise science, such as human anatomy, the science of high performance or sport psychology. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience or involvement in 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 will need a strong performance in a science or mathematics subject as part of your entry qualifications. If you are taking A levels the combination of Psychology and Physical Education is acceptable in place of a science or mathematics subject. Your previous science and mathematics studies are also important. For example, if you have taken GCSEs then we prefer applicants with grade B or 6 in Mathematics and at least two sciences. This is in addition to our essential GCSE requirements.

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

AAA

AAA including at least one science or mathematics subject.

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

AAB

AAB including grade A in one science or mathematics subject plus one of the following:

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

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, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including at least one maths or science subject.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 36 credits achieved at Distinction and 3 credits achieved at Merit or above. This must include at least 12 credits achieved at Distinction in a science subject.

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry. You should be studying at least 12 credits (preferably more) in at least one basic science subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology). Psychology can also be accepted as a science if combined with a further 12 units in sports related units.

BTEC

Typical offer:
Obtain D*D*D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) with Distinctions in at least 7 science-related units.

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in Sport and Exercise Science, Applied Science and Health and Social Care (Health Sciences).

If you are studying towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) in: Sport (Performance and Excellence), Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness), Sport (Outdoor Adventure), Health and Social Care (Health Studies), Health and Social Care (Social Care) we are only able to consider an application from you if you are also studying a science A level. You may also wish to consider our Sport and Social Sciences or Physical Activity and Health courses.

If you are studying towards a Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma or a new specification BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF), please contact us for guidance.

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, D3 including one science or mathematics subject.

Alternative offer:
D3, D3, M1, including grade D3 in one science or mathematics subject 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 Global Perspectives

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. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:

  • S104: Exploring Science
  • a 30 credit Level 2 unit in a science subject

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. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 75% in a relevant Level 2 science 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:
AA in Advanced Highers including one science or mathematics subject plus AAAAB 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.

  • AA at A level plus D* in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF). One of your A levels would need to be in the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology.
  • A at A level plus D*D* in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF). We are able to consider you if you are studying a BTEC Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, Applied Science or Health and Social Care (Health Sciences) alongside one A level subject, preferably in a science subject. We are also able to consider you if you are studying a BTEC Diploma in another subject. However, your A level would need to be in one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology.
  • AA at A level plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including at least one science or mathematics subject.
  • AA at A level plus 6 in an IB Higher Level (HL) Certificate including at least one science or mathematics subject. 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.
  • AA at A level, including at least one science or mathematics subject and excluding Accounting, plus A in 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
    Sport and Exercise Science
  • Final award
    MSci (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    C608
  • 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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