Course Overview

BSc Sports Science

Sports Science at Swansea is ranked 11th in the UK, according to The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

Key Features

Sports Science at Swansea University is ranked 11th in the UK, according to The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016.

We prepare our graduates for their future careers, our research is at the cutting-edge, and we have high-profile placements with major sporting teams and venues. Our Graduate Prospects are ranked 7th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide.

As a student on the BSc Sports Science course, you will be provided with an academically rigorous and BASES-accredited programme of study covering the factors that influence participation and personal performance in sports. You will also look at the methods by which these factors may be investigated.

In particular, the course focuses on the three primary disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science:

  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Sport Scholarships: Each year Swansea University offers students with outstanding talent an Undergraduate Sporting Entrance Scholarship. These are worth £1000 per year and are renewable for three years.

This course is delivered at the Bay Campus, Swansea University.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SR-251Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Developing Research Methods for Sports Science
SR-252Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Employability, Innovation & Engagement
Optional Modules
SPEX Level 2 Options TB1 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select three modules for Teaching Block 1 (TB1). Please think carefully about your selections as these might affect your choices at Level 6 (Year 3).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SR-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Exercise Physiology
SR-254Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Biomechanics & Technology CIf you select this module you must also select module SR-258 in TB2.
SR-255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Strength & Conditioning II
SR-256Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Exercise Science: Interventions and Applications
SPEX Level 2 Options TB2 

Choose Exactly 45 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You should select three modules for Teaching Bloack 2 (TB2). Please think carefully about your selections as these might affect your choices at Level 6 (Year 3).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SR-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15The ethics of doping: health, sport and society
SR-257Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Kinanthropometry
SR-258Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Biomechanics & Technology DIf you selected module SR-254 as one of your TB1 options you must also select this module.
SR-259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Human Nutrition
SR-260Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Psychological Dimensions of Sport 2: Developing Excellence in Adolescents

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SR-311Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Sports Science Research Dissertation
Optional Modules
SPEX Options TB1 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : YOU MUST CHOOSE A TOTAL OF FOUR MODULE OPTIONS IN YEAR 3. Each module will be taught in a single semester (TB1 or TB2) and all modules are worth 20-credits. Note that you may only choose the Biomechanics (SR-305), Psychology (SR-326), Diet/Nutrition (SR-333) or Physiology (SR-334) modules if you studied these topics in Year 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SR-305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sports Biomechanics
SR-326Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sports Psychology
SR-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sport, Diet and Disease
SPEX Level 3 Options TB2 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
SR-314Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Health Related Exercise
SR-334Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sport and Exercise Physiology
SR-367Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exercise, Growth and Development


Research active staff, high-quality sporting facilities and laboratories make Swansea a leading location for the BSc Sports Science student. Our Research Quality is now ranked 9th in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the BSc Sports Science course are:

BBB at A level (including Science, Mathematics, Physical Education or Psychology). Other subjects will be considered with typical offers being ABB. General Studies is not accepted as an A level.

Students studying for a BTEC National Diploma will typically require DDD in a science-related discipline (includes Exercise Science and Sports Science, excludes Sports Studies). For students studying AVCE, we will accept double awards as part of an overall profile. Depending upon the content of the AVCE studied, this qualification may or may not be considered as a science subject.

Find out the entry requirements for an international student.

Students with industrial experience and qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are applying for Level Two (second year) entry, in order to be considered, you will need to have already covered the topics offered in Swansea at Level One (first year) in a certified qualification, for example a HND, with a high overall score (eg - all distinctions at HND level).

How To Apply

Find out how to apply for the BSc Sports Science degree as an UK or EU student.

Find out how to apply for the BSc Sports Science degree as an international student

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2015/16 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,400

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are encouraged to buy a ‘Sport and Exercise Science’ hoody and / or t-shirt - these will be useful both for participation in laboratory practical classes and to help you identify your fellow Sports Science students at the start of the programme.

You can buy them online at the Sports Science Online Kit Shop.

Other additional sports clothing items can be purchased as extras.

BASES Undergraduate Endorsed Course

The BSc Sports Science degree at Swansea University is a BASES Undergraduate Endorsed Course.

The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) is a UK professional membership organisation that endorses sport and exercise science undergraduate courses. The Association's endorsement scheme was launched in 2005 and today it is the recognised standard for all sport and exercise science undergraduate degree programmes.  

BASES' rigorous assessment criteria ensure that only highest calibre courses achieve their endorsement award. 

For more information visit the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) website.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for BSc Sports Science Year 1 Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Sports Science Year 1

What do our students say?

William Sparkes BSc Sports Science William SparkesSports Scientist at Swansea City Football Club, studied BSc Sports Science: "My placement with Swansea City was organised through the University and was part-time over one year. As a result of the placement, I am now starting my job as a Sports Scientist at the club."

Tom Taylor BSc Sports Science Tom Taylor, Sports Scientist at West Ham United, studied BSc Sports Science: "I’m positive that without the help of the lecturers at Swansea University, I would not be working with a Premiership team."

Dan Cooper Dan Cooper, GB Rowing Team START Coach, studied BSc Sports Science: "The skill to look at a sport and break down the body movement patterns to coach it easily, came from studying Sports Science at Swansea."

What are my career options?

Career prospects for Sports Science graduates continue to grow in both the public and private sectors. The major areas of employment include: 

  • Sports Scientists
  • Performance Scientists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Cardiac Physiologists
  • Performance Analysts
  • Physical Activity and Health Promotion

"My three years at University in Swansea were incredible and undoubtedly helped me to get where I am today."

Eamon Swift, Head Sports Scientist with West Ham United Academy

"I find myself drawing on skills I initially developed at Swansea on most days in my job at Massey University."

Dan Wadsworth, Research Officer - Institute for Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, New Zealand

"I enjoyed the fact that there were practical sessions to back up the theory that was being learnt and the chance to get 'hands on' experience."

Joe Taylor, Performance Analyst, employed by the English Institute of Sport

Find out how Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University helps with your career. Download our Sport and Exercise Science employability flyer

Our student society

Engineering and Sports Science Society logoAs a Sports Science student at Swansea University, you will be able to join our thriving Engineering and Sports Science Society. Through the Society, you can meet people from other disciplines through events and socials. 

You can find out more about the Society at the Fresher’s Fair during the Welcome Week of the first term.

World-class facilities

BSc Sports Science facilities Sports Science student in the lab at Swansea University

"My favourite memories were always the practical elements of the course. Whether that meant being in the lab and collecting blood samples or being outside and being introduced to the uses of GPS and other technologies.Tom Taylor, Sports Scientist at West Ham United, studied BSc Sports Science

Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Find out more about the facilities used by Sports Science students at Swansea University.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities. See a 365 degree panoramic of the Sports Village: including the Wales National Pool, Gym, Indoor Courts, Running Track, Astroturf and Indoor Track.

Our research informs our teaching

Our academics use their research to keep their teaching up-to-date and to develop working relationships with the sport and exercise industry.

Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

"My favourite memories are being able to interact with the lecturers who were highly regarded specialists in their fields of expertise", Sam Tuvey, BSc Sports Science.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff. 

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.