Title: Sport and Exercise Science (Sport Psychology)
Award: BSc/BSc (Hons)
Study Mode: Full-Time
Why choose this course?
Similar to our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, this route allows you to specialise in Sport
Psychology. The key to unlocking sporting success is not just in the body, it's in the mind too. Sports
professionals are becoming increasingly aware of this fact, creating a demand for specialist sports
psychologists. You'll study the science used to help the body and mind perform together, to their full potential,
as well as sports science principles including biomechanics and physiology.
Our course offers more than most sports science degrees because you learn about science and psychology
purely in the context of exercise and sport. You will benefit from our expertise in this area as well as our wide
range of state of the art equipment. The sport psychology element of this qualification prepares you to work
towards accreditation as a sport psychologist. <br Download a course brochure
You will learn how to carry out a very wide range of procedures and use equipment involved in exercise
physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, injury rehabilitation and coaching.
The applied nature of this course encourages the development of skills that makes our graduates very
employable. You will develop a wide range of employability skills such as written, verbal and visual
communication, IT, problem solving, research and team working.
As a UK Top 10 University for <a
target='_blank'>Graduate Employability</a> (HESA 2009) and Graduate Prospects (The Independent and The
Times University Guides for 2009), we can offer you a valuable head-start in your chosen career
This course will help you develop a number of skills that will prepare you for positions both in sport and
exercise science and in the wider jobs market. Possible careers include:
• sport psychologist
• PE teacher
• sports scientist
• sports coach
• personal trainer.
The emphasis on research in this course equips you with the knowledge and skills required to continue on to
postgraduate study as Masters or PGCE level. About 30% of our students go on to postgraduate study.
What can Edinburgh Napier offer?
Our dynamic teaching team have a wealth of experience in the area of sport and exercise science as well as a
strong track record of developing innovative teaching methods. Our approach is student-centred and
supportive, with emphasis on practical experience and the development of skills. All of our teaching is
supported by excellent laboratory facilities in which you will use a wide range of state of the art equipment.
These include human performance, biomechanics, conditioning, and multimedia laboratories, plus an
Some international exchange opportunities may exist. We have good links with Jonkoping University in
Sweden and some students have spent one or two semesters in universities in the US.
The course is supported by:
• an online working environment, giving you instant access to lecture notes, coursework, exams and reading
• 24 hour access to the 500-seat Jack Kilby computer centre, where you will have use of relevant software
packages, plus unrestricted email and web access
• access to our fully-networked library, offering an extensive collection of materials and required course texts
• specialist staff who are on hand to offer support in learning, language development or personal issues,
including a personal development tutor
• our Library Information Service, which can provide a number of useful aids that will help develop study skills -
ideal if you are returning to study.
This course is based at Merchiston Campus in the lively Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh. The campus is well
catered for by local amenities including cafes and bars, and is a short walk from the beautiful Meadows Park.
Merchiston Campus is a unique blend of the past and present. It is home to modern computing facilities as well
as the 13th century Napier Tower.
The course is studied full-time over four years. You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including
lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, and through independent study.
Introductory Physiology, Application of Science to Sport and Exercise, Exercise Training for Sports
Performance, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science, Biology of Cells, plus one co-curricular module.
The Research Process in Sport and Exercise Science; Introduction to Biomechanics; Introduction to Exercise
Physiology; Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology; choice of Principles of Coaching or Skill
Acquisition ' Motor Learning and Control; plus one co-curricular module
Intermediate Exercise Physiology; Intermediate Sport Psychology; Intermediate Biomechanics; Dissertation
and Stats; one option from Growth, Maturation, and Exercise; Materials in Sport; Practical Coaching and one
option from Motor Learning and Control in Sports Performance; Performance and Practice in Sport and
Advanced Sport Psychology; Health, Lifestyle, and Exercise Behaviour; one option from Advanced Exercise
Physiology; Analysis of Sports Performance; Current Issues in Sports Medicine; Scientific Analysis of Human
Movement; and one option from Advanced Materials in Sport; Pain and Injury in Exercise and Sport;
Performance Development and Expertise.
You will also undertake an honours project in an area of your choice.
Please ensure that if you are seeking a course which leads to accreditation with a professional body you have
checked what the requirements are or have contacted us for specific advice. We cannot accept any
responsibility if the course you select does not subsequently meet your requirements.
Typically, you will need 260 UCAS points. This should be in the form of BBBB at SQA Higher or BCC at A
Level, including one Science subject, English, Maths and a second Science subject at Standard Grade/GCSE.
Alternatively, you may have three merits from a BTEC National Diploma. If you have a HNC or HND
qualification, or 300 UCAS points including Science, Maths and English, you may apply for direct entry to
years 2 or 3.
To check the equivalence of your qualifications or experience, contact us using the enquiries button.
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