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Institution C58


3 - 4 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A levels: BBC - CCC (including Mathematics)

BTEC: DMM - MMM (including Engineering, Maths or Science)

GCSEs: Mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points (including Higher Mathematics and a science)

Candidates may also request an interview after which they may receive a revised, more targeted offer.

Not sure you can reach these entry requirements? Take a look at our integrated foundation year.

Course content

To design and analyse the performance of sporting equipment requires mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, materials science, product-design and sports science. 

Our Sports Engineering degree recognises this need for wide knowledge and skills and runs interdisciplinary design-build-test projects, allowing sports engineering students to work with other engineering, science and design students to provide a wide exposure to knowledge and skills.

Sports Engineering BEng. (Hons) aims to provide the student with the scientific foundations, practical skills and techniques to enable them to make a constructive contribution to the world, by designing, building and using sporting equipment.

Sports Engineering is an applied subject and the course is based around applied workshop learning; seminars with demonstrations; practical and lab work and design-build challenges.

Each academic year of the BEng. (Hons) Sports Engineering degree centres on a two-semester long design-build challenge. The knowledge and techniques applied in design-build challenges are gained in workshops/seminars and practical/lab based modules that are specific to sports engineering.

Design-build challenges start with a design brief, to which students apply the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) engineering cycle. In the first year of study, students take part in a team CDIO challenge with other students from the sports engineering cohort.

The second year CDIO challenge is an interdisciplinary team challenge, where students work to a design brief with students from other engineering cohorts.

In the final year, students work on an individual project and present their work to other engineers and to a non-technical audience.

The course contains the many specialist modules required to provide a breadth knowledge and skills needed for a career in engineering and science:  The first year students will study engineering mathematics along with modules on mechanics, materials and thermodynamics. They will also study biomechanics and physiology, electronics and computer programming.

The second year of study introduces topics that are more advanced, which include manufacturing techniques & materials, sensors and biomechanics as well as the mathematical tools needed.

The final year teaches engineering management, finance, law and ethics expected of a professional engineer and has module options, allowing students to specialise their field of study. 

Sports Engineering is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus and on the Bishop Otter Campus at the Chichester Institute of Sport.

The Technology Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem based learning CDIO approach.

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education.

Our facilities

Sports Engineering degree is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus.

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is the UK’s first purpose built facility for delivering engineering through the problem-based learning, CDIO approach.

Tech Park Exterior  

Coast to Capital

With cutting edge teaching labs containing brand new equipment and apparatus, you will enjoy world class facilities for engineering education including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences

CDIO lab 

  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities

Practical space

  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories

Engineering laboratories

  • Fabrication laboratory

Fabrication laboratory


  • Specialist 3D printers

3D Printer

  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design

Computer Aided Design


The Tech Park is situated on our Bognor Regis campus, with our award-winning ‘Learning Resource Centre’ (LRC) at the heart of the campus, which hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study.

LRC Exterior

Also situated in the LRC is the ‘Support and Information Zone’ (SIZ), Costa Coffee and over 80 open access workstations. An equipment loan centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans. 

The Engineering & Digital Technology Park is based on our Bognor Regis Campus, located just 600 metres from the beach and next door to the leafy and tranquil Hotham Park.

Bognor Seafront

Where this can take you

As with other engineering disciplines, Sports Engineering graduates are highly employable, finding employment in many sectors:

  • sporting and leisure companies
  • the aerospace and automotive industries
  • utilities companies
  • power generation and transmission and nuclear industries
  • rail and civil engineering
  • teaching and academic research

Sports engineering can also lead to careers in banking and finance, business and technical sales and management. 

Work placements

You can apply for a year long industrial placement in your second year of study. 

The placement typically begins after the placement, you will return to complete your degree (effectively extending your study by one year). 

The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the National Minimum Wage. 

This is a competitive process and, although staff will assist you in finding a suitable placement, a placement is not guaranteed.

Indicative modules

Level 4 (First Year):


Sports Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

Statics & Materials

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to static loading of structures and the importance of materials to the mechanical characteristics of structures under load. The module also looks at how materials can fail under load and the mechanisms of failure.

Engineering Mathematics

Functions: Revision of the definition and graphs of polynomial, trig and hyperbolic functions. Differentiation: Concept of differentiation as the as rate of change. Differentiation rules and differentiation of polynomials, trig, parametric, implicit, and logarithmic. Applications of differentiation. Integration: Integration of polynomials, trig, and hyperbolic functions. Integration by substitution, by parts and by partial fractions. Applications of integration; maxima and minima, average and RMS values of a periodic function, areas and volumes. Numerical integration. Matrix algebra: Properties of matrices and matrix algebra and applications. Vectors: Vectors and scalars. Components of a vector. Vector addition and subtraction. Scalar multiplication of vectors. Dot and cross products of vectors. Complex Numbers: Addition, subtraction and multiplication of complex numbers. De Moivre’s theorem. Rectangular, polar and exponential form.

Biomechanics and Physiology

(Module information to come)


Sports Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

This module’s aim is to provide an introduction to fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

Introductory Electronics for Sports Engineering

To introduce the tools and techniques required for DC and AC circuit analysis for sports engineering students

Programming for Engineers

Aim: To introduce the fundamental ideas behind the development of a program using the object-oriented approach to programming through the widely-used C++ object-oriented language. Particular emphasis will be placed on solving numerical problems with engineering context.


Level 5 (Second Year):


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

Sensors and embedded electronics for Sports Engineering

(Module information to come)

Manufacturing Techniques & Materials

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to manufacturing of parts through various techniques, including mouldings, machining and additive manufacture

Engineering Tools and Techniques (Mech)

This module follows on from the first year Engineering Mathematics module, building and advancing mathematical knowledge and capabilities. The module also aims to build confidence in the application of mathematics, encouraging students to explore applied mathematics. Much of the content of level 5 and 6 subject specific modules is contingent on knowledge and confidence built in this module. The module aims to provide students with solid mathematical foundation with which to build their specialist engineering knowledge.


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

Vibration in Mechanical Systems

(Module information to come)

Biomechanics and Physiology II

(Module information to come)

Electromechanical Systems & Control

(Module information to come)


Level 6 (Third Year):


Individual Project (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

Experimental Methods in Human Performance

(Module information to come)

Performance Engineering

(Module information to come)

Sports Ergonomics

(Module information to come)

Sports IoT Project

(Module information to come)


Individual Project (CDIO)

(Module information to come)

The Professional Engineer

(Module information to come)

Wireless & RF communications

(Module information to come)

Medical Ethics

(Module information to come)

Advanced Materials

(Module information to come)



International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:

  • Coursework
  • Written Examinations
  • Lab and Practical work
  • Project work
  • Presentations and Online Tests

About 25% of assessment is by examination, the remaining 75% is assessment is through coursework, practical and project work and presentations.

The course is delivered through seminar/workshops; tutorials; computer labs; physical labs and project practical time.

There is a split of about 50% of time in seminars and tutorials and the remaining 50% in labs and project work.

Sports Engineering is a demanding subject with significant contact hours.

In addition to scheduled learning activities, you are expected to plan your time to allow intensive self-study.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs


Our Engineering, Creative Science and Product Design degrees offer a practical approach to learning based on a syllabus designed in partnership with local businesses. This ensures that graduates are ready for work and are highly employable in these competitive industries.

The Engineering and Digital Technology Park will offer students the chance to develop practical expertise alongside local businesses.

It will include a large multi-purpose engineering laboratory which is also open to local companies, incorporating a workshop, prototype manufacturing facilities and collaborative co-working spaces.