Moray House School of Education

Applied Sports Science (BSc Hons)

Designed to develop the knowledge of the place, value and purpose of sport and exercise within society.

Chris Hoy
Sir Chris Hoy studied Applied Sport Science here at Moray House School of Education

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Entry requirements
Programme structure
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Sport and exercise science is the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours. This is a very popular subject to study at university and is among the most commonly applied for science degree subjects in the UK.

The Applied Sport Science degree at Edinburgh is designed to allow students to develop the knowledge of the place, value and purpose of sport and exercise within society.

Our degree is well established having been developed over many years; it continues to be one of the most sought after sport science programmes in the UK.

My time spent studying at Edinburgh was a very important stage of my career. Not only was I working to improve my physical abilities, I was actually learning about the principles of what I was doing. On my visit today, I was blown-away by the facilities now available to the students here.

Sir Chris HoyOn day he received the Alumnus of the Year 2012 award

Britain's most successful Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, receiving the University's Alumnus of the Year award

For anyone with an interest and involvement in sport Edinburgh is ideal, with facilities and societies catering for 24 of the 26 Olympic sporting disciplines.

Our programme combines academic and applied concepts, and covers all of the core sport science disciplines (biomechanics, psychology and physiology) throughout its four years. In addition a diverse range of option courses expands the scope of the course beyond sport to include exercise and health.

While applied in nature this is also very much a science degree with a substantial content of research methods, independent research and practical work.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements and detailed programme structure can be found in the degree finder

Programme structure

Year 1 and 2

The curriculum for the First and Second Years of the programme covers all the key disciplines within sports science including physiology, biomechanics, psychology and motor control.

In addition diverse option courses are selected, for example, from the School of Education or the College of Science and Engineering. Courses taken in the College of Science and Engineering for this programme require candidates to have achieved Chemistry at either Higher Grade or A-level.

Year 3 and 4

The Third Year comprises:

  • Sport Science (physiology, biomechanics, psychology and motor control)
  • Application of Research to Sports Science

and further option courses including the following from the School of Education:

  • Modes of Training for Sports Performance
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Sports Development
  • Coaching Children
  • Promoting Physical Activity
  • Mini-project

Options from, for example, the College of Science and Engineering may also be available. These are subject to prerequisite study in the first two years and may include: Brain and Behaviour, Human Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology, of which two must be taken. Prerequisite study requires Chemistry at either Higher Grade or A-Level.

In the Fourth Year two courses are selected from the following:

  • Special Topics in Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Motor Control
  • Sports Physiology
  • Sports Biomechanics

There is also the Dissertation and a choice of two half course options from:

  • Project-based Attachment
  • Environmental Physiology
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Exercise Prescription for Rehabilitation

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Further information

The contact for further information and admissions advice is:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact details



The University of Edinburgh
57 George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9JU