Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Sport

Why choose Sport at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We're ranked in the Europe's top 15 universities for sports-related subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Our BSc (Hons) in Applied Sports Science is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This recognises our teaching of core and interdisciplinary areas of sport science, and that students gain research experience in and outside the sport science laboratory.

  • Our BSc (Hons) Sport & Recreation Management provides excellent placement opportunities with major sports organisations and is highly regarded by the industry.

  • Many of our students have managed to combine studying with successful sporting careers. Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, former Scotland Rugby Captain Kelly Brown, Commonwealth gold medallist Sarah Adlington and Olympic diver Grace Reid studied here.

  • You will be part of a community of researchers and academics involved in sport- and health-related activities such as advising government departments, supporting governance of sport at local, national and International levels, providing analyses to media outlets, organising international conferences and engaging in international development initiatives.

  • You will benefit from our excellent facilities, including a specialised building in the city centre with sports biomechanics and exercise physiology laboratories, and a research swimming pool, all with state-of-the-art research equipment.

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Tutors not only give us a broad understanding of the business, management and sociological aspects of sport but also hands-on, on the job experience to put what we have learnt into practise.

Hugh Braidwood 4th year BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management
Hugh Braidwood 4th year BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management

Introducing Sport

We offer two separate sport-related programmes – Applied Sport Science and Sport & Recreation Management. You will benefit from our excellent facilities and state-of-the art research equipment, joining a dedicated, close-knit community of researchers and academics.

Applied sport science involves the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport- and exercise-related behaviours. Our programme is centred on four key disciplines: physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and skill acquisition.

You will develop an understanding of the factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise. In addition, you will learn the values and purposes of sport, exercise and physical activity in our changing world.

You will be part of a community of researchers and academics involved in sport- and health-related research and activities, such as advising government departments, supporting governance of sport at local, national and international levels, providing analyses to media outlets, organising international conferences and engaging in international development initiatives.

Sport and recreation management will help you develop an understanding of the principles of management, appreciate sport's cultural and economic importance, and focus on the business of sport and the importance of community sport, elite sport, and international development through sport.

You will develop an understanding of the influence of social, political, economic and historical factors shaping the provision of sport and the business of sport.

You will have opportunities to conduct research with public, private and voluntary sports providers. Our students have analysed both state and non-state actors’ involvement in delivering sport at local, national and international level. Sociological and historical perspectives of researching and understanding the sports and recreation landscape have been adopted in past student research projects.

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