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Choosing your undergraduate sport, exercise and health course at Bath

Our degrees span the major areas of sport, exercise and health science. They cover topics like biomechanics, elite sports, public health, and coaching.

A sport, exercise and health degree to match your ambitions

Compare our courses and find out what makes each one unique. They all aim to prepare you for a range of careers, as well as postgraduate study that could lead to academic research or teaching.

BSc (Hons) Health and Exercise Science

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the effects of exercise, diet and other lifestyle behaviours on people’s lives
  • Learn about how the human body responds to changes in physical activity and nutrition
  • Explore the impacts of governmental policies and initiatives on health and wellbeing across populations
  • Future career opportunities include: exercise rehabilitation specialist, NHS exercise prescription, health education and promotion, public health, and physician associate

FdSc/BSc (Hons) Sport (Sports Performance)

  • Enhance your own performance as an elite athlete, coach or practitioner, and develop your knowledge of the complex factors that impact high-level performance
  • Develop your skills in areas like physiology, psychology, coaching and development in the context of sports
  • Build transferable skills that can open a range of career opportunities
  • Future career opportunities include: coaching, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, performance analysis, sports psychology, teaching, sports development, and events management

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

  • Build in-depth knowledge of how the human body functions in sport, physical activity and health settings
  • Focus on biomechanics, physiology and psychology to develop a holistic understanding of the ways people respond to exercise and physical activity
  • Learn about topics like nutrition and metabolism, motor control, sports medicine and research methods
  • Future career opportunities include: exercise medicine and rehabilitation, sport technology, sport governing bodies, public health, professional sports clubs/teams, and elite athlete testing

This course is also available as a MSci (a combined bachelors and masters) degree

BSc (Hons) Sport Management and Coaching

  • Gain a critical and practical understanding of sport, health and physical activity within society
  • Examine the role of topics like sports development, coaching, physical education, sociology, and psychology in sport
  • Critically assess sport’s impact on communities, groups and individuals, and how to positively influence these
  • Future career opportunities include: sports management and marketing, coaching and performance analysis, sports policy and international development, physical education teaching, and health and exercise related professions

Why pick Bath for sport, exercise and health?

We are known for excellence in teaching and research, and outstanding graduate prospects. Our degrees are designed to give you the skills that can open up a wide range of career opportunities.

Boost your experience with a professional placement

The majority of our sport, exercise and health degrees are available as a four-year option with a professional placement 1.

Professional placements are your chance to work within a real-world business or organisation and use the skills you'll gain during your studies in a practical setting.

They allow you to try a career path you're interested in and enhance your employability. Employers often value placements, so you could give yourself an advantage in the job market.

You’ll develop skills in areas like planning, problem-solving, decision making and project management. Sometimes you can gain professional qualifications during placements.

If you choose to do a placement, you’ll receive dedicated support from our placements team 2.

Why doing a placement may give you an advantage

Experience a different culture by studying abroad

If you choose BSc (Hons)/MSci Sport, Exercise and Science, you'll have the chance to study abroad during Year 3. This is your chance to experience a new culture and build your experience.

If you do study abroad, you'll spend your time with one of our partner institutions. These are in countries like Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea or the United States 3.

You will study units that complement your chosen Bath degree to deepen your knowledge and gain new skills.

We offer support and guidance to help you make the most of your study abroad time.

Explore why studying abroad might be right for you
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Fantastic sport, teaching and research facilities

Our £35 million Sports Training Village is the centre of sports on campus.

It's home to world-class facilities, including an Olympic-sized swimming pool, for more than 50 sports. It also contains fitness, coaching, physio and sports science facilities.

Many of these facilities are used by leading sports teams from across the UK, as well as athletes training to compete in events like the Olympic Games.

In addition, the Department for Health has five dedicated research laboratories. We have a close connection between research and teaching theoretical knowledge to ensure what we teach you is directly related to practical application.

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Study in a safe, student-friendly city

Our campus is situated just on the edge of what is affectionately known as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Bath is also the 2nd safest university town or city in England and Wales.

You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and Roman history, as well as a thriving café culture with plenty of restaurants. There's also a great range of shops, music venues, museums, and a huge number of festivals planned throughout the year.

Most of Bath's key locations are in walking distance of the city centre. You can travel between the city and the campus easily by foot, bike, car, or bus.

Local transport links mean you'll be:

  • 80 minutes from London and its international airports
  • 15 minutes from Bristol
  • 2 hours from Birmingham
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  1. FdSc/BSc (Hons) Sport (Sports Performance) merges study with practical sports application. As such, it does not offer a formal professional placement, as students are expected to study alongside their elite sport activity.  

  2. Placement opportunities can’t be guaranteed - it is the student's responsibility to secure a placement. However, you will receive tailored support from our dedicated placement team and benefit from our established relationships with placement providers (some of which work exclusively with the University of Bath to offer placements).  

  3. Exact study abroad locations may vary from year-to-year and are dependent on the availability of suitable units. Study abroad opportunities are dependent on suitable academic performance in Year 1 and may be limited as they are subject to availability at our partner institutions.