Students using elite sporting technology in the Human Performance Lab

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Sports and Exercise Science at Lancaster

Sports and Exercise Science is the study of people, how they move, how they think, and how they react under pressure. At Lancaster Medical School, we study how bodies react to exercise, from couch to 5k, to monitoring elite athletic performance. We examine how exercise is beneficial before surgical procedures, how the menstrual cycle impacts injury susceptibility, and how exercise benefits mental health. We study all this and much, much more.

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Our students show you Sports and Exercise Science's focus on people - in sports and beyond, how they are supported and nurtured by our academic team, and how studying at Lancaster has given them the confidence to take their studies wherever they want.

Download a Course Guide to find out more about Lancaster University and how we teach Sports and Exercise Science.

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Your Future

A BSc Sports and Exercise Science from Lancaster University will open doors to a career in the sports industry or beyond. It could lead to employment in the private and public sectors, including the NHS, local authorities, national sporting associations, sports governing bodies, education, professional sports clubs, public sports and recreation facilities, and the community.

Potential careers

Exercise Physiologist, Biomechanist, Sports Psychologist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Health Promotion Specialist, Personal Trainer, Performance Analyst, or Sports Development Officer.

Further study

Progress to a discipline or specific Master’s degree in areas such as exercise physiology, or pursue a career in research with a PhD.

World class facilities

You will explore the science behind human performance in sports, exercise and health. Using our elite sporting technology, you will gain the skills to capture and analyse physiological and biomechanical data to understand human performance and activity better. 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 a member of the general public.

You will have classes in the Human Performance Lab from the start of your studies. These sessions will train you on the cutting-edge technology used by today’s elite athletes. These include the HP Cosmos treadmill; Biodex isokinetic dynamometer; Cortex online gas analysis system; electronically braked cycle ergometers; and our Optojump performance assessment system, to name just a few.

Our purpose-built Strength and Conditioning Room provides a workout space full of high-specification conditioning equipment. You'll have the opportunity to train or train others to a high level of performance in the first-year module Exercise Prescription. This room is home to a GHD bench, ski ergometers, watt bikes, assault bikes, Technogym skillmills, skillruns, skillbikes and skillrows.

We have invested over £4 million in new life science laboratories. In your first year, you will use these during the practical elements of Molecules of Life and Cell Structure and Function, taught by colleagues from the Faculty's highly-ranked Division of Biomedical Science.

Sports and Exercise Science EXPO2023

EXPO2023 is the last part of final-year module MED340 Professional Practice. Students are required to work in groups to communicate a specific idea in the field of Sports and Exercise Science to a diverse audience. In these films, our students show a variety of themes and ideas covering health, fitness, and beyond.

Your sports centre

As well as a purpose built facility for your Sports and Exercise Science studies, you'll have access to the Lancaster University Sports Centre.

Facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool with eight lanes; a climbing wall and bouldering cave designed by mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington; a high-performance strength and conditioning room; sauna and steam rooms; a sports hall with eight badminton courts; four squash courts; and a state-of-the art 100 station gym.


Performance Perfected Periodical

The Performance Perfected Periodical is a quarterly newsletter by Lancaster’s Sports and Exercise Science team that highlights student activities (placements, field trips etc), successes, and staff achievements and links to their latest research and publications.


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