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Sports and Excercise 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

Sports and Excercise Science, BSc

Sports and Exercise Science includes the study of the body's responses to exercise and the adaptations that occur in response to regular exercise. Sports and Exercise Science also includes the role that regular modest levels of physical activity can play in maintaining health.

Exercise involves the integrated actions of all the body's systems, and a knowledge of physiology, biochemistry and nutrition is essential to understand how individuals respond to and adapt to the stress of exercise. The exercise and sport sciences are broadly based, and encompass both basic and applied science from the whole body to the molecular level.

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 Sport and Exercise Science, Medical Sciences and Chemistry for Life Sciences plus additional courses selected from science and other areas.

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Medical Sciences
  • Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1
  • The Cell
  • Fitness, Performance and Survival
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2
  • Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 2

In year 2 further expansion of Sport and Exercise Science courses develop the degree area and cover issues relating to the elite athlete, the recreational exerciser and exercise for health. Courses are also taken in Physiology and Biochemistry.

Compulsory Courses

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

Optional Courses

Select a further 15 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 3

In year 3 you will study Integrative Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Nutrition & Biochemistry of Exercise and also continue your studies in Sports Science.

Compulsory Courses

  • Integrative Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Biochemistry & Nutrition of Exercise

Optional Courses

Select a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Year 4

The Honours year aims to explore in depth, specific aspects of sports science and exercise physiology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Compulsory Courses

  • Staying Alive - Adaptation in Physiological Systems
  • Research Topics in Sports Science and Studies
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Science Project
  • Medical Science Data Analysis Paper
  • Medical Science General Essay Paper

Scholarships & funding

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


  • RUK: £9,250
  • EU / International Students: £18,000
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career paths

Sports and Exercise Science is a discipline that offers an opportunity to combine an interest in the biological sciences with a career in a field related to sport, physical activity or health.

Graduates find employment in many areas of Biomedical and human-based sciences subjects allied to medicine and also in the sport and leisure sectors where their understanding of the basis of human performance adds to their other skills. Many students will continue in research posts where the intensive project work in the Honours year provides particularly valuable experience. Others will go on to a more vocational medical related MSc, in for example, Physiotherapy or Dietetics; or a postgraduate qualification in teaching PE or Biology.

Our degree programmes are built to enhance your employability and three flagship options give our degrees a distinctively different flavour from many others. All our degrees offer:

  • A 10-week full time research project in the final year which will provide you with valuable experience of working in a medical science research environment
  • The option of an industrial placement year and graduation with an undergraduate MSci
  • Highly relevant and sought after experience in bio-business aimed at giving you an understanding of the commercialisation of scientific ideas and an opportunity to learn about the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries

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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