Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Interested in the science behind sport and exercise? Then this action-packed and challenging degree is for you.

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Explore your passion for sport

We will give you an in-depth understanding of the science behind sport and exercise, including the roles of biomechanics, physiology and psychology in sport performance. You’ll also choose from specialised areas such as nutrition, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning. We offer masterclasses delivered by sport and exercise science professionals who will share their own career experiences with you. You’ll also become skilled in testing and measuring health and fitness, using the latest computer software to analyse performance results in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Inspiring work placements

There is the requirement to undertake a work placement during your second year to help you translate theory into practice. Our students have enjoyed placements with Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers RFU and Derbyshire County Cricket Club as well as local schools, hospitals and leisure centres.  Some students go on to secure employment as a result of their placements.

Akbar Shabir Case Study

PhD student explores the psyche of footballers

Our PhD student Akbar Shabir has taken enormous strides towards a distinguished career in academia after his undergraduate study into performance led to postgraduate research.

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Exciting internship opportunities

To give you the best possible preparation for life after study, we also have an excellent Sport and Exercise Internship Programme. You could apply for an internship supporting athletes at local sports clubs – an experience which will help you build your professional networks and boost your employability skills.

Students have performed a variety of roles with organisations which have approached us for assistance, including West Bromwich Albion FC and Team Derby and we continue to develop links with local organisations to increase the opportunities offered to our students.

Strengthen your CV

As part of the course, you’ll have the chance to gain additional sport and exercise science professional qualifications which are recognised and highly valued by employers. These include National Governing Body coaching awards and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) Higher Professional Diploma. All will develop your confidence and leadership skills.

We’ll also prepare you for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, if this is of interest to you. We’re one of only four universities in the UK to act as an accredited centre for the association’s Certified Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) awards.

Outstanding specialist facilities

Our  £10.8m  includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts.

We have invested in cutting-edge facilities. You’ll hone your skills in a well-equipped sport and exercise  and a separate biomechanics laboratory containing the latest equipment for testing and measuring the parameters of health and fitness. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis. 

If you follow the strength and conditioning pathway, you’ll get to use some of the best lifting equipment available and develop your practical skills in our specialist .

You’ll also be well catered for if you want to take part in recreational sport – whether as a first timer or as an elite performer.  We have a new 44-station fitness facility at our Kedleston Road site, equipped with up-to-the-minute Technogym and Wellness system technology.

Learn from the experts

Our sport and exercise science staff include accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy.  They are also members of leading professional bodies such as BASES, NCSA, CIMSPA and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association.

The team conducts important research into wide-ranging themes including performance profiling, injury rehabilitation, human balance control and neuromuscular fatigue – to name but a few subjects. You’ll also have the chance to undertake your own independent research into a theme of your choice, culminating in a major conference where you will showcase your findings, Akbar Shabir, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science student, did just this, find out about his story

Akbar finds his research passion

Student Researcher, Bethany Liddington, presented her paper at the University's first Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme (URSS) Conference 2018

BASES accreditation

Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree has received the only available endorsement for undergraduate sport courses from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the UK professional membership organisation for Sport Scientists.

BASES rigorous assessment criteria ensures that only the highest calibre of courses achieve their endorsement award and provides a designated route towards BASES accreditation (postgraduate study required). BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise students follow curriculum content recognised by the accrediting body as required by practitioners in the sector and have access to a wealth of learning and networking opportunities through free membership to BASES.

Join Team Derby

If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.

What you will study

You’ll study the core science subjects of physiology, psychology and biomechanics, and have the opportunity to choose from specialised areas such as nutrition, performance analysis and strength and conditioning. This will enable you to follow your interests and tailor the course to your career aspirations.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Research and Academic Skills
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Principles of Sport Biomechanics
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Physiological Assessment
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanical Assessment

You'll choose two of these optional modules:

  • Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Injury Rehabilitation for Sport and Exercise

This course offers an ‘Industrial Placement Year’ giving you the opportunity to enhance your practical skills by putting theory into practice, network in your industry and stand-out in the graduate job market. The placement year takes place in your third year, once completed, you would return to University to complete your final year of studies.

  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Applied Sport Science
  • Independent Study for Sport and Exercise

You'll choose to study at least one of these modules:

  • Applied Sport Physiology
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Applied Biomechanics and Performance Analysis

In addition, you'll choose two of these optional modules:

  • Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Biomedical Implications of Exercise, Activity, and Health
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Injury Rehab and Risk Reduction

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Sport and Exercise Science

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

95.1% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, according to the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).

We take pride in the teaching and learning experience of our students. You’ll learn through lectures, practicals, and seminars, all of which take place at our Kedleston Road site.


We have received particular praise from external reviewers on our innovative use of practical assessments, which take place in our new specialised facilities. These are carried out alongside written coursework, verbal presentations, and examination-style assessments to create a well-balanced assessment portfolio.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in Biology or PE at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualitications

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*


£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Along with your subject-specific knowledge, you’ll graduate with a wide range of transferable skills – such as communication, problem-solving, research and presentation skills – which will stand you in good stead wherever your career takes you.

Our recent sport and exercise science graduates now enjoy roles as cardiac physiologist assistants, sports coaches, health advisors, physiotherapy assistants and performance analysts. Some have secured employment on the basis of their success on work placements and internships.

You can also consider taking your qualifications to the next level. We now offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your subject. Another option is our MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied sport science and research skills. Both these postgraduate courses offer you the chance to develop teaching abilities and the knowledge which could pave the way to study at PhD level.

Dr Stuart Mourton

Dr Stuart Mourton
Programme leader

Programme Leader - BSc Sport and Exercise Science, Lecturer in Motor Control

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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