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MSci Sport and Exercise Science

Do you want to make athletes faster, higher, stronger or the nation active, healthier, stronger?

Our BASES endorsed integrated Masters programme will help you to make a difference to the ambitions and achievements of both elite-level athletes and sedentary populations. 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: ABC / BBB to include a science (PE accepted).

BTEC: DDD (Sports Science or Health & Social Care)

GCSEs: English language, mathematics and science at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 30 points

Access to HE Diploma to Science: Pass with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Course content

Sporting success is not achieved by individuals. Athletes rely on the teams around them, including sport scientists and coaches. 

Similarly, individuals who are sedentary require a team of health specialists to support them in becoming active.  

You'll work with our team of practicing professionals and researchers working at the cutting edge of the field of sport and exercise science to build a theoretical knowledge and a wealth of practical skills. 

By choosing between the Sport Performance, Sport Science and Coaching or Physical Activity for Health pathway in Year Two, you'll have the opportunity to specialise in your area of your choice, emerging as a highly-employable graduate able to work with elite athletes and diverse populations in the physical activity, exercise and health sectors. 

By choosing the four year MSci route, you will continue to develop generic and specific knowledge and hands-on skills with additional opportunities for further specialism in specific areas through to Masters level with a choice of:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Coaching
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity for Health

This route is potentially more financially attractive to obtain a Masters, as you will able to apply for an undergraduate student loan. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Our students have gone on to work or further training in a variety industries including:

  • Fitness consultant
  • Community Project Leaders
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes

Have you thought about further postgraduate study? We offer postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines. Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

Work placements

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or health setting.

Placements opportunities are available on most programmes within the Chichester Institute of Sport which provide you with a strong vocational focus.

Increase your employability – here’s what our students had to say.

 ‘The use of placements really enhanced my CV.’

‘The placement year is a good part of the course.’

‘The opportunities provided by the department through residentials and our placement year allowed me to grow and develop both personally and professionally, and allowed me to gain accurate insight into life after university.’

‘The placement year provides the opportunity to put theory into practice in the real world context. It was really beneficial to me as it allowed me to explore the other side of the world. I came back feeling more confident in myself. Having a placement year was a really valuable experience.’

‘Great real life experiences through placement.’

‘Good range of teaching placements within a variety of schools.’

‘It massively improved my ability and confidence to teach a wide range of sports through great experience in placements and lectures during my time here.’

Placements Office

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

Indicative modules

Over the four years of study, modules may include: 

Year One

  • Scientific Inquiry into Sport and Exercise (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Physiology of the Exercising Human (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Muscles and Movement (Double Module S1 & S2)

Year Two

Sport Performance

  • Researching Sport and Exercise (Single Module S1 & S2)
  • Sports Injury and Prevention (S1)
  • Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments (S1)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Motivating Athletes (S2)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise  (S2)
  • Physiological Limitations to Performance (S2)
  • Plus one elective

Physical Activity for Health

  • Researching Sport and Exercise (Single Module S1 & S2)
  • Sports Injury and Prevention (S1)
  • Project Management (S1)
  • Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness (S1)
  • Psychology of Physical Activity and Health (S2)
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology (S2)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise  (S2)
  • Nutritional Aspects in Health and Disease (S2)

Sport Science and Coaching 

  • Researching Sport and Exercise (Single Module S1 & S2)
  • Developing and Monitoring Fitness in the Coaching Process (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Analysis of Coaching Practice (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Motivating Athletes (S2)
  • Plus one elective

Year Three

Sport Performance 

  • Research Project (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Biomechanical Techniques (S1)
  • Training Strategies for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (S2)
  • Plus three electives

Physical Activity for Health

  • Research Project (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Physical Activity, Obesity and Diabetes (S1)
  • Exercise and Physical Activity Interventions (S1)
  • Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (S2)
  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (S2)
  • Plus two electives

Sport Science and Coaching

  • Research Project (Double Module S1 & S2)
  • Issues in Sports Coaching (S2)
  • Training Strategies for Sport Performance (S1)
  • Group Dynamics in Sport (S2)
  • Work Placement (S1 or S2)
  • Plus one elective and one free choice

Year Four

Specialist modules leading to one of the following:

  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Biomechanics);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Nutrition);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Activity for Health);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Physiology);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Psychology);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning);
  • MSci (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching).

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

How the programme will be delivered

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.  In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work, and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task.  As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.


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