What Is a Sports Science Degree?
A sports science degree opens up many exciting prospects. You will gain a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology and nutrition as well as business and management skills. These are useful for a diverse number of careers: education, nutritional therapy and personal training, to name a few. Many sports science graduates go on to further training in physiotherapy or sports performance research.
What will I study?
Though you will have some class-based learning, the majority of lessons will be lab-based and practical. Through these lessons, you will develop research skills which you will apply to your own studies. Sports science is a multi-disciplinary field and you will take modules in anatomy, nutrition and psychology. You will then learn how exercise performance can be enhanced and maximised. Alongside this, you will also be equipped with management and work-based skills, and can even opt to take a year in industry to give you all important work experience.
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During the first year you will build a firm foundation of knowledge about the systems of the body. Courses in physiology, cell biology and psychology are among the subjects studied. You will undertake research skills throughout the year, too. Additionally, first year students undertake two employability and professional development modules.
Second year students continue to study research methods and begin to apply the skills they have learnt by undertaking a small independent research project. You will take modules in biochemistry and neuroscience. In the second term, students choose elective modules into areas of interest, for example: biomechanics or professional sporting performance.
In the final year, students choose to undertake a detailed, independent research project into an area of their choosing. This could be advanced biomechanics, applied psychology or sports nutrition. Students will undertake their research in the field, by designing and carrying out a study using real subjects. They also continue to study professional development.
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