BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science


Program Description


Become a Sport and Exercise scientist with our BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree and you can transform lives and sporting careers.

 As Scotland’s official University for Sporting Excellence, we place Sport and Exercise Science at the heart of everything we do. We prepare athletes for success on the world stage and improve the health of the nation through physical exercise. It’s why we're 1st in Scotland for sports research (REF2014).

 Study our BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree and you’ll learn from our experts in sport and exercise physiology, nutrition, genetics, medicine, health and physical activity.

 Our research and performance analysis laboratories enable you to develop your scientific and practical skills in a world-class learning environment. Our course will prepare you for the many career opportunities available in Sport and Exercise Science. Our research ranges from molecular mechanisms through to the whole body level.

 Our campus features a 50m swimming pool, a golf course, ten tennis courts and seven sports pitches all on sight. The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017 ranked our sports facilities 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 We're experts in sport and exercise physiology, nutrition, health and physical activity

#2 Excellent performance analysis laboratories and world-class sport facilities used by our Olympian athletes and sport novices alike

#3 We work with SportScotland as well as providing advice and research for other sport organisations and businesses

Course details

We are Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, a designation from the Scottish Government in recognition of our continued contribution to the development of sport in Scotland.

Sport and Exercise Science is delivered jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and the Faculty of Natural Sciences, combining a wide range of expertise to ensure an unrivalled student experience.

Our sport-centred campus includes a 50m swimming pool, a golf course, ten tennis courts and seven sports pitches - as well as a suite of laboratories for research and performance analysis.

Teaching is delivered across eight semesters, with an extensive research project conducted in the final year.

In Year 1, you’ll gain a strong grounding in biological science and an introduction to the study of sport and exercise. Further outline modules will include Cell Biology, Physiology and Sports Studies. Laboratory skills will also be introduced that year.

Year 2 considers issues and concepts of sports studies. You’ll also further develop your knowledge and skills in biological science, as well as sport and exercise sciences.

You’ll study subjects such as Human Anatomy and Physiology; Genetics and Evolution; and Statistical Techniques.

Further advanced level modules are delivered in Year 3, studying areas such as the Physiology of Sport and Exercise, which considers adaptations to exercise training and the challenges of environmental extremes. You’ll also explore Animal Cell Biology, which looks at the basic components of animal cells, their functions and how these functions are regulated in health and disease.

Understanding exercise and diet in developing a healthy lifestyle is also explored during Year 3 and considers medical issues that affect physical activity. Applied Exercise Physiology is studied in the laboratory, and Psychology of Exercise considers the factors that influence a person’s decision to exercise.

Semester 7 covers Advanced Methods in Human Physiology Research and also helps you to discover the techniques and methodological assumptions underpinning sport and exercise science research. You’ll then undertake a dissertation in the final semester.


Our BSc Sport and Exercise Science degree has been awarded five star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2020. In addition to conventional lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and laboratory practical sessions, web-based technology is used to support the teaching course.


Assessment is by a combination of coursework, group project work, group and individual presentations and examination.

Study abroad

You have the opportunity to study abroad through Stirling's well-established connections with several international universities.

Find out more about studying abroad.


Dr Naomi Brooks, Course Director

01786 466478

Fees - 2021/22

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £17,900
  • Scottish students: £ 1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
  • EU Students: £17,900*

*For EU students starting studies in academic year 2021/22, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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