Sport science is the application of scientific principles to human performance via the interdisciplinary approaches of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
- This degree programme is endorsed by British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES).
- Facilities include the Performance Education Centre, physiology, psychology labs and environmental chamber.
- Opportunities to work with professional sports teams and affiliated societies.
- Rose 27 places in the 2023 Complete University Guide
Why study Sport and Exercise Science?
The Sport and Exercise Science degree offers you the opportunity to study one of the most popular degree subjects in the country.
You'll benefit from studying at a university with a long and unique association with sport that also has good access to professional sports clubs. Your Sport and Exercise Science degree takes our long experience in this area and uses it to provide an applied focus, exploring the factors that contribute to enhanced sports performance.
A 2019 report by the Physiological Society found that students get £5.50 back in higher wages for each £1 spent on a Sport and Exercise Science degree. This would give you an extra £667,000 in earnings across your working life, compared to if you finished your education after your A Levels.
There are opportunities to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our partner institutions.
Why St Mary's?
We have a good reputation for sport and strive to continually improve this and our excellent teaching standards. In this vibrant and exciting programme you will study a range of academic disciplines related to understanding and improving sports performance.
St Mary’s has a long tradition of excellence in sport-related degrees. Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists (BASES) (pathway specific) and many staff are active professional members of BASES.
The academic and applied expertise of our staff closely informs teaching across the degrees, and is supported by research, ensuring excellence in our teaching.
Our degree structure provides a stepping-stone to careers in sport-related fields and equips you with a range of skills valued by all graduate employers.
About the Foundation Year
Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.
On successful completion of the Sport Science Foundation Year pathway you will progress on to the Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate degree.
Lecturer - Sport Science (Physiologist)