Undergraduate study - 2024 entry
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Subject area: Sport

Why choose Sport at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in Europe's top 10 universities for sports-related subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

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

  • 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.

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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 BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management graduate
Hugh Braidwood BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management graduate

Introducing Sport

At Moray House, we offer two separate sport-related programmes:

  • BSc in Applied Sport Science
  • BSc in Sport Management

Applied sport science

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
  • skill acquisition

You will develop an understanding of the factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise.

Our programme is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Sport management

Sport is a rapidly expanding global business. Our unique BSc Sport Management degree is well-positioned to prepare you for a career in this exciting, dynamic industry.

In the course of studying sport management, you will learn about:

  • the principles of management at operational and strategic levels
  • policy and governance across and within the sports industry
  • the value and purpose of sport in society
  • the role of marketing and communication in sport
  • the social, cultural and economic importance of sport
  • a range of contemporary and global issues in sport
  • the relationship between sport and other industries, including health, education and tourism and heritage
  • a range of research methods and traditions

We have strong links with a range of major sports organisations. These provide excellent placement opportunities and guest speakers.

Research community

On both programmes, you will benefit from our excellent facilities and state-of-the-art research equipment.

You will also join a dedicated and close-knit community of researchers and academics. Many are involved in various areas of sport, including:

  • advising government departments
  • national and international sport governance
  • work with the media

You will have opportunities to conduct research with public, private and voluntary sports providers. Our students have previously analysed both state and non-state actors' involvement in delivering sport at local, national and international level.

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