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Exercise and Health Science, BSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Exercise and Health Science, BSc

Exercise and Health Science explores the role of sport, exercise and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and Overall enhancement of wellbeing throughout the life cycle. It seeks to further our scientific knowledge and understanding about physical activity, the principles and practice of performance, and the application of nutrition, psychology and physical activity to benefit health.

After developing fundamental knowledge of medical and sports science and an understanding of the link between exercise and health, students will be given the chance to pursue specific issues covering different aspects of health, physical activity, psychology and nutrition.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Program content

Year 1

In year 1 you will take courses in Sports Science, Medical Science and Psychology or Chemistry. Additional courses are selected from the science programme and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen
  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • The Cell
  • Fitness, Performance and Survival

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Introductory Psychology 1: Concepts and Theory (PS1009) AND Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020 AND Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2

Plus select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory
  • Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2

Year 2

In year 2, further expansion of Sports Science and development of Exercise & Health studies are provided. These are combined with more advanced studies in Physiology and a choice of Psychology or Biochemistry, in addition to courses delivering key skills applicable to Exercise and Health Science.

Compulsory Courses

  • Physiology of Human Cells
  • The Science of Sports Performance
  • Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences
  • Physiology of Human Organ Systems
  • Exercise and Health
  • Research Skills for Medical Sciences

Optional Courses

Select at least one of the following:

  • Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory
  • Energy for Life
  • Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory

Plus, select further credits from courses of choice to reach a total of 120 credits.

  • Advanced Psychology A: Concepts and Theory
  • Energy for Life
  • Advanced Psychology B: Concepts and Theory

Year 3

Sports Science, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sports Psychology form important components of year 3, including more specific studies on Anatomy, together with health-related issues including Nutrition, Health and Disease.

Compulsory Courses

  • Sports Psychology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition, Health and Disease

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4

The Honours year comprises focused studies on Exercise and Health, the Science of Ageing and Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

  • The Science of Ageing - from Cradle to Grave
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health
  • Research Topics in Sports Science and Studies
  • Exercise Science Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £20,700
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career paths

Career Opportunities

  • Dietitian
  • Physiotherapist
  • Teacher

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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