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Your Sports and Exercise Science Offer

Sports and Exercise Science Main Page

Congratulations on your offer to study at Lancaster University. This page contains information about your course, including online events that we have developed especially for you.

Welcome to Sports and Exercise Science

An introduction to Sports and Exercise Science at Lancaster University by our Director of Sports and Exercise Science, Dr Bob Lauder, and the programme's Director of Admissions, Dr Chris Gaffney

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A place for you

Lancaster University’s BSc in Sports and Exercise Science is one of the first in the UK to be delivered by a medical school. This is your chance to study Sports and Exercise Science within an academically rigorous environment, and to combine scientific knowledge with professional practice. Lancaster Medical School is recognised for its subject expertise, supportive community and satisfied students. We are proud of the community we have created within the Medical School. As a team, we nurture talent to bring out the full potential of our students. You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health.

The degree balances scientific focus with employability, so you will study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychology alongside subjects such as nutrition, digital technologies in sports and exercise science, and data analysis. Our students learn to take a holistic approach to athletic performance and exercise as a medicine for health and to explore sport and exercise science from all sides. You will be encouraged to consider the increasing prominence of exercise and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle, and to engage with current debates on public health and disease management. One question we will always ask of you, whichever career you choose: what impact will you have in sport, exercise and health?

Two of our students in the High Performance Lab
Two of our students in the High Performance Lab
Human Performance Lab

What's it like to study Sports and Exercise Science at Lancaster?

Hear from some of our students about their experiences studying Sports and Exercise Science at Lancaster Medical School.

Hear from our students

Discover Sports and Exercise Science

Performance. Perfected.

You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health. 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.


You will benefit from Lancaster Medical School’s excellent connections with clinicians, practitioners, and professionals working in both the health and sports domain, whilst gaining experience of working with athletes and members of the wider community.


The course content covered in year one allows you to complete an industry recognised gym instructor qualification and a personal trainer qualification from one of the UK’s leading providers of learning and education in the active leisure, wellbeing and fitness sector. This enables you to become a qualified fitness professional alongside your academic studies and gain experience of working with people in an exercise and fitness environment, boosting your employability.


In your second year, you can begin to tailor your degree by choosing to study either Exercise Medicine (health performance) or Sports Medicine (athletic performance). Options in your third year allow you to continue with your chosen direction, or widen your studies by mixing optional modules.

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The climbing wall

A place for Joanna

What are the benefits of Lancaster being a campus university?

I wanted to live on campus in first year whilst I found my feet as it’s just one less thing to worry about. The campus makes you feel immediately a part of a community; you immediately relax which makes it less stressful. Moving to university is a quite daunting thing to do!

Do you feel at home in Lancaster?

I do feel at home here. The people are so nice and taking part in sports, you immediately have a small group that you can get to know and make friends.

Can you describe a typical day on your course?

We have quite a lot of contact hours because it is a science subject, but it is spread evenly throughout the day – we normally have a lecture followed by a practical session. I get up, train, go to the gym, have lectures and work in the library until the practical session. Then I go home and work on my assignments.

What facilities are available for your degree and how do they help with your studies?

The new Human Performance Laboratory is great. It is just incredible that we get to use that level of technology in the first year. We use the sports hall a lot too because if it can be taught practically, they will teach us practically. We have also used anatomical models like the medical students, which has really helped my understanding of anatomy.

Joanna Wootton

Download our new course guide

Our new Sports and Exercise Science Course Guide for the 2021 intake is now available and ready to download. Find out about the course requirements, the course contents (including newly updated modules for the third year), and read student testimonials about the course and why they chose it.

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