Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

Subject area: Sport

Why choose Sport at the University of Edinburgh?

  • The University of Edinburgh is home to the Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences. Our academic staff are involved in sport-related and health-related research and knowledge exchange activities, such as sport science support, advising government departments, providing analyses to media outlets, organising international conferences and engaging in international development initiatives.

  • Many of our students combine studying with successful sporting careers. Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, former Scotland Rugby captain Kelly Brown and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sarah Adlington studied or study here.

  • Our BSc (Hons) in Applied Sport Science is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This indicates quality and can facilitate professional accreditation.

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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 2nd year BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management
Hugh Braidwood 2nd year BSc (Hons) Sports & Recreation Management

We offer two separate sport-related programmes - BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science & BSc (Hons) Sport & Recreation Management.

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.

Sport and recreation management prepares students for a career in the growing sport and recreation industry. In this interdisciplinary programme, the two main areas of study are the management and business of sport and the social and cultural significance of sport. The University’s strong links with a number of major sports organisations will provide you with excellent placement opportunities.

In both our programmes 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.

In Sport, what you will study varies between programmes.

Find specific year by year study information on your chosen programme page.

Are there additional costs?

You may incur additional costs depending on the programme and courses, and the type of research or placement, you choose.

Our facilities

The majority of teaching will take place within the School of Education at the centrally located Moray House site. The School provides its own IT labs and library, but you can also access all the University's computer facilities and libraries.


Students of applied sport science do not have a compulsory placement but will have the opportunity to undertake a workplace or research attachment in collaboration with a body external to the University, such as sportscotland.

Students of sport and recreation management have a compulsory placement course in Year 2 that provides an invaluable opportunity for work-based learning, enabling you to further your understanding of sport management in practice and enhance your employability.

Placements have previously been with a wide range of organisations in the UK and Scotland, such as sport clubs, health and fitness clubs, football clubs (for example Manchester United), golf courses (for example Gleneagles), sports marketing and media companies (for example Sky Sports, IMG, the Scotsman), governing bodies of sport (for example sportscotland, Scottish Hockey, Scottish FA, Basketball Scotland, Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union), and local authority sports services, such as Edinburgh Leisure.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad during Year 3 through our international exchange programme. Depending on your programme, it is possible to study abroad in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and at a number of European universities.

How will I learn?

You will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits, practical work and laboratory-based experimental work and seminars.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written examinations and a wide range of coursework including but not limited to assignments, presentations, posters, web pages, reports and laboratory work. Coursework includes both individual and group work.

Some graduates enter sport-related careers; for example working for agencies such as national sporting bodies, local authorities, the health and fitness industry and media companies. Graduates also enter health-related careers, for example NHS-funded exercise and health initiatives. Others gain graduate entry in management and business or begin postgraduate training for careers in teaching or vocations such as physiotherapy and sports nutrition.

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