Sport and Exercise Science (Pathways in Biomechanics or Physiology) (MSc)


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  • You can choose to specialise in either Physiology or Biomechanics.  
  • You will have the option to attend the Sport Science Seminars Series which will expose you to current sport-related research.
  • Teaching staff on the programme are comprised of both research active and applied Sport and Exercise Scientists which provides students with in-depth knowledge from a theoretical and practical perspective.
  • Recent placements we have offered our students have included posts at leading sporting organisations including Chelsea Football Club, Crystal Palace Football Club, Harlequin’s Rugby Football Club Internship, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital and the Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS England).


This exciting MSc will provide you with a critical understanding of the key concepts, principles and theories in the areas of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES). You will have the chance to develop your practical and analytical skills of laboratory techniques in our excellent facilities, giving you a range of transferable skills related to the field which you will be able to apply to either further study or employment.

Sport and Exercise Sciences is a discipline that has its roots in biomechanics, psychology, physiology and metabolism and its interaction with exercise and nutrition. The field of SES has developed a great deal over the past century and contributes greatly to our understanding of societal issues including health and disease as well as elite sporting performance.

During the first three weeks of the programme you can choose to specialise in either Physiology or Biomechanics. To be awarded a specialised pathway you will need to complete your dissertation and the Laboratory Skills in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics module in the relevant field.

During this one year (full time) programme, you will combine theories and practical skills so you are well equipped to work in the field of SES. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of research methods, as well as the appropriate approaches to the management of ethical dilemmas within research which you will apply to the design of your research project.

You will complete modules covering both biomechanics and physiology, regardless whether you choose to specialise. Topics will include: the neuromusculoskeletal system; the science of the forces acting on and within the human body and the effects of those forces; current research in the context of limitations to exercise; practical experience in a range of laboratory techniques, including good laboratory practice, organisation and data processing; current research in the context of limitations to exercise; and psychology of sport and performance.

The dissertation will allow you to perform focused research which is informed by theoretical understanding in an area of your choice.

Below is a list of some of the modules which may be offered on this programme: 

For a pathway award in the disciplines of Biomechanics OR Physiology students must complete the MSc Research Dissertation module (60 credits) and the Laboratory Skills in Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics (20 credits) in the relevant field. This topic must be agreed by the Programme Convener and dissertation supervisor at the end of the Autumn Semester.

All compulsory modules must be passed to continue with the programme. Attendance at all practical classes is a requirement for passing laboratory-based modules.

This programme successfully prepares graduates to take up positions as Exercise Physiologists, Biomechanists, Performance Consultants, PhD students, Researchers, Health Care Professionals, Lecturers and Data Analysts.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.