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Sports and sporting events play a central role in society, breaking down barriers and uniting people. As well as the human aspects of sporting endeavour, engineering is an important and growing element in almost all sports.

Improving performance and enhancing enjoyment, sports engineering is a programme applying engineering principles to an extremely diverse range of sporting activities.

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Course Length:

3 - 5 years Full Time


  • BEng with Integrated Foundation Year: Minimum 32 UCAS tariff points from a mathematics, science or technology subject and GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. 
  • BEng: CCC (equivalent to 96 UCAS points) to include a minimum (64 UCAS points) from Mathematics and a relevant Science or Technology subject. BTEC: MMM
  • MEng: BBC (equivalent to 112 UCAS points) to include a minimum (80 UCAS points) from Mathematics and a relevant Science or Technology subject. BTEC: DMM
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You can apply for a yearlong industrial placement in your second year of study.

The placement begins after the second year and, following the placement, you will return to complete your degree. The placement will be a paid position, with pay at or above the living wage.

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

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All of Chichester’s Engineering courses take a problem-based learning approach following the engineering cycle: Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate.

CDIO provides a highly practical and engaging engineering experience that encourages interdisciplinary team working to solve open-ended problems and foster communication skills. These are exactly the skills that will help to mark you out in the highly competitive employment arena. 

Replacing standard lectures, all of our Engineering and Design programmes are delivered in an interactive workshop/seminar style with balanced mix of laboratory and practical work. There are also lab-based sessions where you will engage in CDIO design and build activities.  

Engineering degrees at Chichester are about participating in interesting activities and not just listening and taking notes.

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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. Students who make excellent progress in their first two years, and who wish to further their learning, will be eligible to continue their study at master’s level, through our integrated masters in Sports Engineering MEng.

Sports Engineering is taught in our state of the art Engineering & Digital Technology Park on the Bognor Regis Campus, which is due for completion in April 2018, 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

The ground-breaking Engineering and Design Department will be based at our new Engineering & Digital Technology Park (due for completion in 2018). It 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 including:

  • A large, double height space for delivering our unique, exciting and rewarding design and build experiences
  • Practical project-orientated engineering workshop and teaching facilities
  • Dedicated electronics and mechanics laboratories
  • Fabrication laboratory
  • Specialist 3D printers
  • Facilities to teach Computer Aided Design
  • 300 square-metre television production studio, with auxiliary 100 square-metre special effects room
  • 400 square-metre media operation centre
  • Media editing and finishing suites
  • Hands-on educations spaces for partnerships with schools and colleges
  • Co-working spaces and IT suites

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.

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. 

Indicative modules

Year One


Sports Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Sports Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Statics & Materials

Heat Transfer & Fluid Mechanics

Engineering Mathematics

Introductory Electronics for Sports Engineering

Biomechanics and Physiology

Programming for Engineers


Year Two


Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Interdisciplinary Engineering Design & Build (CDIO)

Sensors and embedded electronics for Sports Engineering

Vibration in Mechanical Systems 

Manufacturing Techniques & Materials

Biomechanics and Physiology II

Engineering Tools and Techniques (Mech)

Electromechanical Systems & Control


Year Three


Individual Project (CDIO)

Individual Project (CDIO)

Experimental Methods in Human Performance

The Professional Engineer

Performance Engineering 

Wireless & RF communications

Sports Ergonomics 

Medical Ethics

Sports IoT Project

Advanced Materials 


Year Four


Robotics & Biomechatronics

Regulation and Clinical Trials

Advanced Mathematical Techniques for Engineering Science

Composite Materials 

Sensors & Data Acquisition Systems

Embedded Systems Design

Image processing techniques 

Advanced Mathematical Techniques


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.

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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.