What Will You Study

Lancaster University’s innovative BSc Sports and Exercise Science is one of the first in the UK to be delivered by a medical school. Lancaster Medical School is recognised for its subject expertise, supportive community and satisfied students. This is your chance to study sports and exercise science within an academically rigorous environment and to combine scientific knowledge with professional practice.

You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health. The course balances scientific focus with employability, so you will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology alongside subjects such as nutrition, digital technologies in sport and exercise, public health challenges, and how to become a sports and exercise scientist. Plus you can tailor your degree to your personal and professional interests through a range of elective modules, such as entrepreneurship and sport and exercise related medicine.

The mix of lectures, workshops and laboratory sessions also includes valuable experience of sports and exercise science research. You may find yourself analysing warm-up strategies to prevent injury, developing effective training and nutritional approaches for high-performing athletes, or assessing the effects of exercise for weight loss in obese people. You will also be encouraged to consider the increasing prominence of exercise and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle agenda, and to engage with current debates on public health and disease management.

You will be taught by Lancaster Medical School’s research-active academics with expertise in sports and exercise science, plus specialists ranging from bioscientists and clinicians, to sports nutritionists and public health experts. Facilities at Lancaster Medical School will include the new, custom-built Human Performance Laboratory, where you will become competent in using high-specification equipment and engage in your own research. You will learn anatomy using life-size models from the Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre and benefit from access to Lancaster University’s bioscience teaching laboratories.

Using our state-of-the-art equipment, you will gain the skills to capture and analyse physiological and biomechanical data to better understand human performance and activity. You will learn how to act to enhance performance and activity - whether for competition or disease management - and how to provide feedback to an athlete, a patient or member of the general public.

The degree content covered in Year 1 allows you to complete a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing and a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training from Active IQ – one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. This enables you to become a qualified fitness professional at the end of your first year and gain experience of working with people in an exercise and fitness environment over the following two years of your degree, boosting your employability.

In Year 3, you will make a unique contribution to sports and exercise science research and undertake a research project on a topic of your choosing. You will also finalise your professional practice programme by delivering a sport and exercise science-based event.