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Dr Jo Hudson, Associate Professor



We asked Dr. Joanne Hudson, our Associate Professor in Sports Science, some frequently asked questions:

What is Sports Science?

Sport and Exercise Science focuses on studying the scientific theory of sports performance and exercise participation prior to its practical application. It has become an integral part of all elite-level sport. In particular, the course focuses on three primary disciplines: Psychology, Physiology, and Biomechanics. Our updated programme covers a range of topics including Sports Nutrition, Psychology of Elite Performance, Ethics of Doping and Human Physiology.

What is the course at Swansea famous for?

Swansea is one of the few universities with strands of modules in Sports and Ethics, and you can draw on the research strength of staff. The course gives you lots of hands-on experience in the labs, hence our great employment stats.

Our Sport and Exercise Science department is Top 15 in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2020) and ranked 7th for Graduate Prospects (The Guardian University League Table 2020), with 100% of our graduates in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE).

How do I know if it's right for me?

If you are a curious person with an interest in the nature of applied scientific knowledge of sport performance in the real world, who enjoys solving problems and working with lots of different people, then Sport and Exercise Science is right for you.

What will the course look like?

The course is multi-disciplinary with Year 1 focusing on all core modules: Biomechanics, Physiology and psychology, Strength and Conditioning, and Nutrition. In Year 2, you will do specialised and employability modules. Although it varies, in Year 1, you can expect to have 16-18 hours of contact time which includes approximately 8 hours of lab work per week. You are also expected to do independent study to achieve your best on the course.

What jobs can I do when I graduate?

Graduates can go into many different sectors because of their good communication skills, ability to work with lots of different people, and being able to not only focus on the content placed in front of them, but to develop innovations as well.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work in teaching, physiotherapy, exercise referral, health promotion, working with athletes, management, marketing, IT, and further study to become doctors.

Some big industry names that some of our graduates are currently with include the Ospreys, Scarlets Rugby, Premiership Football Club, LA Galaxy, Nuffield Health, Sport Wales and English Institute of Sport.