Taught course

Sports Science for Optimal Performance

University of Kent · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (at least a high 2:2) in sports science, exercise science or related subject. Alternatively, a relevant professional qualification with appropriate experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme enhances your specialist knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles underpinning optimal performance in sport and exercise.

It develops your understanding of current theory, research and debates in sports science and gives you the opportunity to conduct an in-depth study in your chosen areas of interest.

It provides opportunities for you to develop professional skills, including monitoring, analysing, evaluating and prescribing interventions, and application to client issues, for the optimisation of performance in a sport or exercise context.

The programme is designed to develop the professional and academic skills of graduate sport scientists. Health and sport professionals who want to take modules on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development are welcome to contact us.

Course structure

This is a one-year taught programme with attendance typically required on Mondays and Tuesdays with additional self-study. If studied on a part-time basis, the programme usually takes two years.

Teaching and Assessment

Assessment is typically by coursework and the final dissertation research project.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
+44 (0)1634 888858