This three-year Sport and Exercise Science degree will develop your in-depth understanding of the subject. You'll build a firm foundation of knowledge in the area's key disciplines of physiology, nutrition, psychology and biomechanics, and graduate ready to take on a challenging role in an industry with high demand for graduates.
Your learning is by our expert staff, along with industry partners and applied practitioners. You can be assured your education is right at the cutting edge of sport and exercise science.
You will have opportunities to work with athletes from Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Eagles, performance athletes across Newcastle University's teams, and in the community with Newcastle United. This allows you to gain the practical experience of working in sport and exercise science.
You'll become a confident sport and exercise professional with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of the topic.
Your course and study experience - disclaimers and terms and conditions
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to Covid-19.
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Quality and ranking
- 17th in the UK – The Guardian University Guide 2023 (Sports Science)
- 19th in the UK – Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 (Sports Science category)
- 12th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2023 (Sports Science)
- Top 125 for Life Sciences – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2022
- 1st in the UK and 8th in the world for sustainable development – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- 65% increase in research power since 2014 – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- 42% of our research is classified as 4* world-leading research – Research Excellence Framework 2021
- Global Top 125 University - QS World University Rankings 2023
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
Your first year provides you with foundation knowledge and skills in the key discipline areas of sport and exercise science. You'll study a range of topics spanning physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, psychology, bioenergetics and the principles of exercise, nutrition and health.
|Human Physiology and Practical Skills||20|
|Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health||20|
|Introduction to Biomechanics||20|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology||20|
You will build on the knowledge and skills obtained in your first year. You will develop your understanding of the application of sport and exercise science to human performance, exercise behaviours and health.
You will study applied biomechanics, sports psychology, sports nutrition, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning and research methods.
|Principles of Strength and Conditioning||20|
|Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology||20|
|Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition||20|
|Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Science||20|
You'll further develop your knowledge and skills through a multidisciplinary approach to sport and exercise science. You will study modules in physical activity and disease, elite performance, as well as sport and exercise medicine.
A research project allows you to study a sport and exercise topic in detail, under the supervision of our expert research staff.
|Sport and Exercise Science Research Project||40|
|Sport and Exercise Medicine||20|
|Factors Affecting Elite Performance||20|
|Physical Activity, Exercise and Disease||20|
|Career Development for the Sport & Exercise Scientist||20|
We base these figures and graphs on the most up-to-date information available to us. They combine data on the planned delivery and assessments of our courses in 2021-22 with data on the modules chosen by our students in 2020-21.
Teaching time is made up of:
- scheduled learning and teaching activities. These are timetabled activities with a member of staff present
- structured guided learning. These are activities developed by staff to support engagement with module learning. Students or groups of students undertake these activities without direct staff participation or supervision
Teaching and assessment
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.
You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
With access to our state-of-the-art sports facilities for research and teaching, you'll have access to cutting-edge equipment during your time at Newcastle University. Using our industry-standard facilities and equipment will prepare you for your future career.
We place a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills, both in the laboratory and in the field. These will be attractive to employers in sectors including:
- professional sport
- health promotion and education
You will complete a final-year research project in an area that interests you. You'll gain practical experience planning, conducting and evaluating research – all skills that are sought-after by employers.
You may also have the opportunity to work alongside scientists from affiliated research institutes. You'll develop advanced scientific skills and get insight into a career as a researcher.
Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.
You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas.
If you choose to study abroad, it will extend your degree by a year.
Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.
You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.
If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year, and your degree title will show you have achieved the placement year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.
Facilities and environment
You'll be based at our Newcastle city-centre campus, in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences. The School is in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy, encouraging inter-professional collaboration.
We've invested £32 million in brand-new facilities for sport and exercise science research and teaching. They include:
- an environmental chamber to enable the simulation of altitude, temperature and humidity
- gait track
- biomechanics laboratory
- physiology laboratory
- high-performance suite
- nutrition kitchen
- blood preparation and analysis lab
The facilities also support performance and recreational sport. They include an eight-court sports hall, four squash courts, strength and conditioning gym, spin studio and gym.
Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.
We provide plenty of support to help you successfully move from school to university study. We’ll help you settle in quickly and are here if you have any issues.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.
As a sport and exercise science graduate with a strong foundation in science and applied research approaches to sport and exercise, you'll be highly sought after by employers.
Sport and exercise science graduates have a number of career options including jobs in the following:
- national governing bodies
- UK Institutes of Sport
- professional sports clubs
- pharmaceutical and food and drink industry
- health services
Graduates with a strong background in sport and exercise science are ideally suited to fulfil emerging roles that overlap the fields of medicine, exercise and health promotion.
With an exercise science-related degree, you could also:
- undertake medical and health-related research in universities and research institutes
- work in hospitals and public health laboratories
- take a further degree (MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment
Make a difference
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.
Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK
From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
Entry requirements and offers
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.
Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications
Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
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