BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science


Program Description


How can physical activity affect our health and wellbeing? How do our body systems respond to acute exercise and adapt to training? You can be the difference and transform lives with our degree in sport and exercise science.

As Scotland’s official University for Sporting Excellence, we place sport at the heart of everything we do – from our innovative research improving the health of the nation to preparing athletes for success on the world stage. That’s why we're 1st in Scotland for sports research (REF2014), and in the top 15 in the UK for Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Our first-rate teaching and research-driven expertise will first and foremost develop you as a scientist so that you’ll understand the biology and genetics that underpin exercise physiology, nutrition, and sport and exercise psychology. Our sport, health and exercise laboratories enable you to develop your skills in a world-class sporting environment, so you’ll be well prepared for the many career opportunities working in sport and biosciences.

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.


We've been awarded five-star excellence for our teaching by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18. 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 Lee Hamilton, Course Director

+44 (0) 1786 466489

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU) £ 14,460.00
  • Scottish and EU students £ 1,820.00
  • Students from the rest of the UK £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society.

At the University of Stirling, being the difference is in our DNA – providing education with a purpose and carrying out research that helps to shape society. Read less