Postgraduate courses
Postgraduate courses

Sport and Exercise Sciences

  • Sport and Exercise Sciences

Why study at Roehampton

  • You will have access to excellent sport and exercise science laboratories
  • You'll get the opportunity to complete work placements in organisations such as Nuffield Health, Wandsworth Sport Services and London-based football clubs - Read more
  • This is an innovative and engaging course which will help you develop the essential skills employers seek
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

On this course you will gain in-depth knowledge of how the body and brain are affected by sport and exercise.

By understanding the science behind sport and exercise, you will learn how to optimise athletic performance, prevent injuries and help with recovery. Using specialised equipment, you will study the latest theory and practice of sport and exercise science, preparing yourself for a rewarding career in the sports industry.

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Year-by-year summary

First year

In your first year, you'll be introduced to the three key academic disciplines that make up sport sciences – physiology, psychology and biomechanics – and you develop a range of skills for studying sport and exercise. Modules might include:

  • Introduction to Physiology and Fitness Assessment
  • Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Second year

In your second year, you'll expand your knowledge of the subject. Recent examples of modules available include:

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Psychology of Peak Performance
  • Applied Biomechanics.
Third year

In your final year, you'll have a choice of modules to enable you to tailor your programme to your specific interests. In addition, there is an opportunity to carry out an independent research dissertation in an area that interests you. Modules might include:

  • Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • Biomechanics: Performance and Injury
  • Training Programmes

Teaching methods

We draw on innovative approaches to learning and teaching to give you the best possible experience. Practical laboratory work helps students to reinforce the theory learnt in lectures. For example, in biomechanics, a practical involving students altering the position of their arms and legs while being spun on a frictionless turntable helps explain the theory of conservation of momentum and the relationship between moment of inertia and angular velocity.

Innovative approaches to assignments within sport sciences include a poster presentation for Nutritional and Environmental Influences on Performance with criteria based on the BASES conference guidelines and a website designed to give nutritional advice to a specific group of people. Previous topics have included:

  • the role of protein in the diet of novice weightlifters
  • calcium and iron deficiencies in female gymnasts
  • nutritional recovery strategies for exhaustive endurance exercise

First Year Recommended Reading

  • Hall, S. J. (2006)Basic Biomechanics, 5th edition, London: McGraw-Hill HE
  • McArdle, W. D., F. I. Katch & V. L. Katch (2006) Exercise Physiology – Energy, Nutrition and Human Performance, 6th edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
  • Weinberg, R. S. & D. Gould (2011) Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (5th edition). Champaign, Il: Human Kinetics
  • Wilmore and Costill (2007) Physiology of Sport and Exercise, Illinois: Human Kinetics

Example modules

  • Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics: Performance & Injury
  • Psychology of Peak Performance

Career options

You can choose to work as a sports therapist, coach, personal trainer, teacher, lecturer or within sport development and administration. Graduates can also continue onto postgraduate study.

UCAS code





Single honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


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3 years (full-time), 5–7 years (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2015; UK/EU) »

£12,000 (2015; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

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Further information

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Undergraduate open day

Saturday 3 October 2015

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