Profile of the Programme
The aim of the programme is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles governing sports performance, physical education, exercise and health and physical activity.
The main objectives of this programme are to:
- Educate students in the disciplines of sports sciences.
- Develop their intellectual capacity and their ability to academically communicate with other sports scientists.
- Encourage independent analytical and critical judgment.
- Prepare graduates to lead and develop sports sciences and related areas.
- Prepare students for relevant postgraduate studies.
- Promote life-long sports participation culture.
- Promote sports science research.
In addition, students who will choose Coaching as a minor will be able to:
- understand the roles and responsibilities of a coach
- develop athletes and improve their overall performance
- effectively condition athletes by providing concepts and principles that can assist in generating possibilities and identifying actions for the individual or the team
- ensure a safe coaching environment and deal safely with injuries
- work with exercise physiology, sports medicine and other relevant personnel in order to plan and monitor the training and fitness of the athletes
The programme has both an academic (theoretical and practical) skills and a sports science market orientation. It focuses on studying and analyzing the latest trends and developments in the sports science and physical education academia. Consequently, it is targeting students who intend to pursue post-graduate studies in the relevant area, as well as, those who may wish to immediately enter the sports science and physical education job market following graduation.
Sports Science is a field which is characterized by continuous changes and challenges. It is among the most rapidly growing areas of the sports and athletics industry in both nationally and internationally. Due to the highly competitive nature of the field and the rapidly evolving ‘character,’ there is a requirement for competent graduates. On successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to provide leadership and expertise and gain entry into a wide range of careers in the world of sports science, physical education and fitness and leisure centres, as well as, in other areas related to sports, exercise and health.
Potential employment opportunities include:
- Physical education teachers in elementary and secondary schools
- Fitness instructors in sports and athletics teams and clubs at all levels
- Fitness instructors in gyms, fitness and well-being centres
- Sports science consultants with sports agencies or government bodies as pertaining to health, sports, exercise and fitness
- Health and fitness advisors (for sports and exercise prescription)
- Management of sport and fitness centres and corporate fitness programmes
- Sports science laboratory assistants
- Research for sport and exercise manufacturing and other commercial industries (e.g. equipment, clothing, footwear, food, drink etc)
Access to Further Studies
Upon graduation, students may have direct access to further postgraduate (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil) studies, such as in sports science and physical education in general or specifically in sports physiology, exercise nutrition, fitness and health, clinical exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sports coaching, sports psychology, athletic training and sports physiotherapy.
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 240 ECTS and all programme requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.
By the end of the programme the graduates will be able to:
- Become sports educators for professional and recreational athletes and physical education teachers for children in elementary and secondary level schools.
- Work independently and as part of a team to examine theoretical and practical issues in sports science.
- Become self-directed in the area of sports science.
- Develop conceptual, operational, technical and practical skills that are required for achieving a successful career in the sports science field including physical education at local, national or international level.
- Enhance and develop leadership and mastery of sport and exercise science knowledge using current, practical and scientific models that will, in turn, promote interest in life-long learning.
- Display critical understanding when conducting basic research in sports science and physical education as well as to facilitate a suitable background for postgraduate studies in sports science and relevant areas.
Scholarships - Financial Aid
The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.
About the School
UNIC is the largest university in Cyprus, with over 12,000+ students, from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space.