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  • Give your career a head-start through the option of a one-year work placement, after year two.
  • A Sport and Exercise BSc provides a firm foundation for a career in the sports and exercise industry.
  • Taught by highly experienced and published researchers – all experts in their field.
  • Access to state-of-the-art physiology and biomechanics laboratories.
  • We are ranked 1st in London for Sport and Exercise Sciences (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • We have partnerships with a number of leading sports organisations, including Crystal Palace FC, the Lawn Tennis Association, Fulham FC, Hercules Wimbledon Athletics Club, schools and coaching agencies.
  • Roehampton is the top university in London for graduate earnings in Sports and Exercise Sciences (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings five years after graduation).


Study the science behind sport and exercise at Roehampton. You’ll learn how to optimise athletic performance, prevent injuries, improve wellbeing and help athletes with recovery.

Sport and Exercise Science is made up of three core disciplines: Physiology (the branch of biology that deals with of how the body functions), Biomechanics (the study of movement of the body and the forces that underpin movement), and Psychology (the study of the mind and behavior).  Our Sport and Exercise Sciences degree will give you in-depth understanding of the application of these sciences to sport and exercise, as well as give you the opportunity to study other related topics including nutrition and health.   

Our enthusiastic tutors and state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment provide lively interactive ways to learn, ensuring you will have the best possible experience. We emphasise both theoretical and practical understanding across the range of disciplines, ensuring that our students have subject knowledge, and an ability to apply knowledge appropriately along with employability skills to ensure they become quality graduates in a strong position to build careers in the sports & exercise industry or beyond.

Check out our Sports and Exercise and Biomechanics laboratories, and take a virtual tour here.

Aspects of our curriculum design that are of particular note include:

  • The option to study all three core disciplines (Biomechanics, Physiology, and Psychology) as well as Nutrition across all three years, not just in some years.
  • The option to undertake your final year dissertation project in either a ‘by-research’ or in a ‘by-practice’ format. The former is a traditional format suited to those particularly interested in the generation of new knowledge (research). The latter is a novel format, not widely available elsewhere. It is designed for those particularly interested in provision of sport science support to clients.
  • The presence of an optional module in which students can gain relevant vocational experience as part of their studies (Work Place Learning).


Year one 

  • Start exploring the three key academic disciplines that make up sport sciences - physiology, psychology and biomechanics - and develop a range of skills for studying sport and exercise. 
  • Modules might include Introduction to Physiology and Fitness Assessment, Biomechanical Analysis of Movement, or Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology. 

Year two 

  • Expand your knowledge of the subject and spend many hours in the laboratory practically applying your knowledge and skills.
  • You will also have the opportunity to undertake modules which emphasise employability skills, work experience and the application of knowledge you have gained to real-world scenarios.  

Year three 

  • Choose modules to tailor your programme to your own specific interests.
  • Choose to carry out either an independent research-focused dissertation or an independent practitioner-focused dissertation in an area that interests you.    

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
Survival Skills
Biomechanical Analysis of Movement
Good Science
Principles of Human Nutrition

Year 2

Compulsory Modules
Physiology of Exercise
Applied Sport and Exercise Science
Applied Biomechanics
Psychology of Peak Performance
Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Optional Modules
Sports and Exercise Nutrition
Work Place Learning (can be taken in Year 2 or 3)
Public Health and Health Promotion

Year 3

Required Modules
Dissertation by Research


Dissertation by Practice

Optional Modules
Work Place Learning (can be taken in Year 2 or 3)
Environmental Physiology
Exercise and Health
Advanced Topics in Psychology
Biomechanics: Performance and Injury
Limitations to Performance and Training
Advances in Nutrition and Health


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

You could go on to work in a wide range of roles in sports & exercise domains, including sports science support, performance analysis, strength & conditioning, personal training, coaching, sports development and sports administration. Having developed scientific, analytical and employability skills you will also be in a position to apply for general graduate level jobs in a wide range of fields outside the sport & exercise domains. You could also continue onto postgraduate study (e.g. PhD, MSc, PGCE) to enable academic, research, or teaching careers.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers. 

Teaching staff on our BSc Sport and Exercise are connected to our Sport and Exercise Research Centre. Find out more about their research interests here.

Dr Siobhan Strike
Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer

Dr Siobhan Strike

Hi I'm Siobhan and I lecture in Biomechanics. I enjoy working with students to help them to understand the complexities of human movement from a scientific perspective. My favourite part of teaching is working in the lab with students, using experiments to identify the important factors in being able to complete a movement. My own research focusses on pathomechanics (injury or disability) and this research informs my teaching. I collaborate with students to advance our understanding of how we move and how we adapt these movements in different circumstances. Asking and answering questions in the classroom and lab is a dynamic and exciting way for us all to learn from each other.

Dr Neale Tillin
Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer

Dr Neale Tillin

I'm Neale and my research and teaching expertise are associated with aspects of muscle strength in human performance and health, with particular interest in explosive strength - the ability to move rapidly. I also investigate applications of wearables in team sports. I supervise a number of PhD students, teach on Sport and Exercise Science programmes and currently hold the position of Deputy Head of the Department for Life Science. Prior to joining Roehampton in 2010, I studied at Loughborough University, The University of Western Australia, and Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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