Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Unlock the science OF HIGH PERFORMANCE

We're looking beneath the surface of sport. Our broad, interdisciplinary courses will explore the science of how the body works, from biomechanics to nutrition, physiology and psychology.

With programmes endorsed by bodies such as the British Association of Sport and Exercises, you'll get a strong sense of how to optimise the mind and body for sporting excellence.  

The Sports, Exercise and Health Science subject group is a community of excellent people that represents the beating heart of our state-of-the-art facilities. By integrating high-quality research and practice alongside our learning and teaching environment, we offer our students and partner organisations a unique and inclusive setting where they know their health, progression, and performance are our priorities.

your student experience

You'll discover a new world here. Guided by experienced and internationally-recognised staff, you'll transform how you think about the human body. We offer specialist laboratories and state-of-the-art sports facilities to help you test your ideas and hone your practical skills. And we're here to support you every step of the way.

You'll also build the confidence to make an impact in the career of your choice. We've built exciting partnerships with many different organisations, giving you the chance to secure placements and take part in exciting research.

Get to know our courses

Our sport and exercise science courses focus on the application of scientific principles relating to:

  • Biomechanics - Using the latest technology, you'll explore how the human body functions, discuss a range of theories and approaches, and consider how to optimise athletic performance
  • Nutrition - Nutrition is performance fuel. But it's also a factor in many different things, from athletic ability to our everyday health. You'll study principles and ideas that help us optimise performance, and lead healthier, more active lives
  • Physiology - Want to know more about the effects of activity and exercise? Our practical courses explore the physiological and metabolic impacts on the human body, and how to train and treat people better
  • Psychology - The mind plays a crucial role in sport. These courses will challenge you to consider the mental, cultural and psychological factors behind activity and performance

Through our interdisciplinary approach you'll address real-world issues in sports performance and exercise participation.

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Students in a lab working with a man on a bike
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Female student doing squats in strength and conditioning suite
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Male student using the environmental laboratory facilities in the Carnegie School of Sport building

your teaching community

There's more to sport than you imagined. Our teachers and researchers and specialists in a variety of fields.

We're investigating the science of performance, researching how to improve the nation's health, and exploring how to make sport more equal and accessible. And we're working with partners across the world to put our insights into action.

Meet the team

Our research

Centre for Human Performance

An innovative, integrated research-practice model; developed and implemented with various professional sports clubs, national governing bodies and organisations.

Student in lab on bike for Sport and Exercise Science part of Carnegie Research Institute


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