Taught course

Sport and Exercise Science

University of Essex · School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

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Entry requirements

A degree with an overall 2.2 in a subject relevant to Sport, Exercise, Psychology or Human Biology.

Your degree should contain modules in sport, psychology or human biology - such as biology, physiology, anatomy or genetics.

Months of entry


Course content

Train in the practical and theoretical elements of sport and exercise science. Explore the broad spectrum of areas that underpin health; sport and exercise. With our state-of-the-art facilities and science-based approach, you gain a solid understanding of the biology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology of sport.

You study a wide variety of topics including:

  • The analysis of movement
  • The impact of nutrition and drugs
  • How extreme environments can affect human performance
  • Paediatric exercise science
  • Sport psychology

Our course allows you to gain practical hands-on experience in our specialist laboratory facilities, as well as learning the theoretical approaches. Our seminar based teaching gives students a platform to participate in small group discussions and share expertise and knowledge. You also have the opportunity to work with our Human Performance Unit which applies the latest science to analyse performance and help top athletes stay at the top of their game.

Students have flexibility to study additional modules from other disciplines to give you a deepened understanding of all of the aspects that contribute to sport and exercise science. Recognising the importance for the practical as well as theoretical, we offer the opportunity for students to choose to undertake a final dissertation research project or a work-based capstone project. Students undertaking a work-based learning project would complete a 6-8 week placement with an employer as part of their degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor your final project to suit your career aspirations.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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