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

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



Joint Honours

Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Liam James Moloney, BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Studies and Maths, talks about the reasons he chose to study at Derby

Discover more about sport coaching, sport development and elements of sport science by choosing Sport and Exercise Studies as part of a dynamic Joint Honours programme.

The wide-ranging skills you gain from Sport and Exercise Studies will give you a real head start in the competitive graduate job market.

Set the pace for success

This course will give you insights into sport coaching, sport development and aspects of sport science.

You’ll be taught by a vastly experienced team including accredited physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sport development specialists and psychologists. We also offer tuition by exercise, health and business experts to help you develop as an all-round sports professional.

In addition, a personal academic tutor will be assigned to you to provide continuous support and help shape your development and career planning. 

Real-world experience

Work placement and internship opportunities are a key part of this course. They provide a chance for you to put the knowledge and skills you’ve developed into practice while enhancing your career prospects and boosting your confidence.

Our students have enjoyed placements with Derby County FC, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Leicester Tigers RFU and Derby County Community Trust. Some students go on to secure employment as a result of their placements. We also have a fantastic working relationship with Mickleover Sports Club, the second biggest football club in Derby.

You’ll have the chance to get involved in coaching sessions, applied case studies and community sport development work. You could also gain additional professional qualifications highly valued by employers. These include National Governing Body coaching awards which will demonstrate your leadership potential.

Outstanding specialist facilities

You’ll undertake practical work in our state-of-the-art facilities. Our new £10m+ Sports Centre includes a main hall, 70-station 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 resources for our sport students. You’ll hone your skills in a well-equipped sport and exercise physiology laboratory and a separate biomechanics laboratory containing the latest equipment for testing and measuring the parameters of health, fitness and performance. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis. 

You’ll find some of the best lifting equipment available in our strength and conditioning suite and we also boast treatment and specialist assessment rooms in our clinical skills suite.

Learn from the experts

Our 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 the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

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 sport clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.

What you will study

You can study Sport and Exercise Studies as either a joint, major or minor subject. This will determine how many modules you’ll study at each stage. Please check your other subject to ensure it is possible to create your chosen combination.


The modules you study will depend on whether you select Sport and Exercise Studies as a major, joint, or minor subject.

You’ll study a selection of these modules:

  • Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Coaching and Skill Acquisition
  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Sport Business Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Development
  • Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism for Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Biomedical Implications of Exercise, Activity and Health
  • Elite Sport Development
  • Advanced Sport Coaching
  • Independent Studies in Sport and Exercise

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 Studies

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

Assessment methods are designed to test a range of industry relevant skills. Students will be assessed through individual coursework assignments, examinations, groupwork, practical work, oral presentations, and poster presentations.

You will learn through lectures, seminars, practicals and technology-enhanced innovations. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in coaching sessions, applied case studies, and community sport development work. You’ll be assessed on your knowledge, and applied practical and research skills, which will all take place in our new specialised facilities.

How you're assessed

You will be assessed in a variety of ways to test your knowledge, skills, and practical ability. These could be individual or group assessments in our new specialised facilities. For all assessments, you will receive clear guidance on what is required of you to enable you to achieve to your potential.

Work placements

Work-based learning is an element in several of the modules.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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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Guidance for EU students post-Brexit

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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Graduating with Sport and Exercise Studies as part of your Joint Honours programme is a great start to your career: a well-regarded qualification combined with key employability skills. Take a look at how we help you to improve your employability.

You could work as a sport development officer or as a coach for one of the National Governing Bodies or local authorities. Our recent graduates have secured jobs in coaching, sport development, teaching, the fitness industry, sport management, media and marketing.

Alternatively, you could join the police force or armed services or become a personal trainer or lifestyle coach. If you complete relevant postgraduate training, you could go into physiotherapy or into PE teaching in primary and secondary schools.

You can also consider other ways of 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.

These could also pave the way to PhD studies.

Dr Stuart Mourton

Dr Stuart Mourton
Programme leader

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

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Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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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