Year 1 is a common course year, which will introduce you to the core concepts of sports science, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control and sport and exercise psychology. This is supported by additional professional and academic skills modules, where there are opportunities to take coaching awards or short work placements.
In Year 2 you’ll build on the knowledge and skills from year one, taking specialist modules in areas such as the mechanics of sport and exercise science, while further developing your practical skills in our state-of-the art laboratories.
The degree offers the opportunity to apply for an industrial placement or study abroad year at the end of Year 2, which will help broaden your experience, enhance your skills and improve your employment prospects.
In Year 3 alongside advanced topics in sport and exercise science, you’ll undertake a research project in an area that interests you. Recent examples of third year research projects include ‘Acclimatisation and the endurance athlete’ and ‘Does winning at all costs help the athlete cope better with stress?’
You’ll graduate with the skills and attributes sought by employers in numerous areas.
Integrated Masters (MSci)
Years 1 and 2 are the same as for the BSc and provide you with a foundation in the subject.
In Year 3 of the MSci, you will take compulsory and optional modules from the BSc alongside preparing for Masters-level study.
In Year 4 your main focus will be on an extended research project in your area of interest. Recent topics include ‘Influence of footwear on knee joint kinetics’ and ‘Biomechanical characteristics of the delivery steps in cricket fast bowling’.
As an MSci graduate, you’ll leave with the advanced-level skills and knowledge that should set you apart in the graduate job market.
Examples of MSci projects include:
Refining animal models of exercise training – matching genes with function
Indirect muscle stimulation – a complementary therapeutic intervention?
Eccentric exercise – effective intervention for exercise intolerance?
The kinetics and kinematics of painful knees in women over 40
Influence of footwear on knee joint kinetics
Find out more about choosing between an integrated Masters and a BSc degree
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.
You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and practicals. Your first and second years will focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge in preparation for your final year research project, which will see you take on independent research and learning with the guidance of leading experts.
Across all years, additional workshop and seminar sessions will complement your lectures and lab practicals, and you will also undertake private study.
As a guide, a typical week in your first year includes nine to twelve hours of lectures, three to six hours of practical sessions in the laboratory, tutorials, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
Independent study and research are also crucial to every year of the course. We have excellent library and computing facilities to support your learning, and the University Library offers training to help you make the most of them.
We use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop a broad range of skills. These include practical work, data handling and problem-solving exercises, multiple-choice tests, group work, online and face-to-face discussion groups, computer-based simulations, essays, posters and oral presentations.