How we can get people more active and making healthy choices? Prepare yourself for a range of careers, promoting health at an individual or population level.
This course combines science, social science and public health. Through learning about how the human body works, you will understand the impact that physical activity, diet and other lifestyle choices have on health and wellbeing.
This degree has three core themes running throughout the course:
- Exercise Science provides a fundamental, interdisciplinary understanding of human function
- Behavioural Medicine explores how we can use the principles of exercise science to promote health, or treat and prevent disease
- Public Health investigates the determinants of population health, focusing particularly on the role of physical activity and lifestyle in the health of a population
Through these core themes you will apply your knowledge to health and exercise settings and understand their relevance in current practice.
Some of the topics you will cover include:
- exercise prescription
- health technologies
- social health inequalities
- sports medicine
- research methods
You will be prepared for a range of careers including public health, rehabilitation, physician’s assistant, community sports, health promotion, health policy and exercise science.
In your first year you’ll build on your knowledge of human physiology, biomechanics and psychology, and develop your understanding of the role of physical activity on public health. You’ll develop skills in research design and statistics.
In your second year you'll gain more in-depth understanding of exercise, health and nutrition at different stages of life, for various clinical groups, and at the individual, community and population level. You’ll explore how we communicate these health messages to different audiences.
In your final year you’ll carry out a year-long research project and study advanced units in areas such as nutrition, health technologies, sociology and exercise prescription.
Use specialist facilities
As a student on one of our sport, exercise and health courses you'll have access to facilities that support your learning, including laboratories with specialist equipment and the latest technology, including:
- Applied Biomechanics Laboratory
- Applied Physiology Laboratory
- Biochemistry Laboratory
- Metabolic Research Laboratory
- A dedicated movement analysis suite
You’ll also be able to use our £35 million Sports Training Village based on campus. This provides you with access to the some of the best sport and exercise facilities in the UK, accommodating more than 50 sports. We regularly host major international competitions and provide a dedicated sports training space.
Study in an enriched learning environment
You’ll learn from academics with expertise across sport, exercise, health and leisure. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.
Our researchers have specialisms in:
- sport and exercise science
- nutrition and metabolism
- sport management, marketing and media
- coaching and sport performance
- sport policy and international development
- health and physical activity
- research methods
Find out what our graduates go on to do
Prepare for your future
Graduates from our courses are in demand by a wide range of employers. This includes sport science support, public health, exercise medicine and rehabilitation, sports management, sports coaching and development.
Graduates from our sport, exercise and health courses have gone on to work for:
- Cambridge Medical Robotics
- Coaches Voice
- Hawk-Eye Innovations
- Sports Surgery Clinic
- Department of Health & Social Care
- UK professional rugby union clubs
- UK professional football clubs