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BSc (Honours) Sport Technology

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time
UCAS code • C6G4 | Location • City Campus

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Learn why engineering and technology are important to the sport industry and turn that understanding into a career on this professionally-focused course. You have opportunities to gain first-hand experience in industry with a year-long placement and commercially led final-year project.

Key points
• Take advantage of industry-standard design suites and workshops.
• Gain placements at renowned sports companies like Grays International and Pirelli Tyres. 
• Work with industrial partners on live projects, from an initial brief to final design.
• Learn from world leading sports engineering experts such as Dr Tom Allen, Dr Nick Emerson and Dr Heather Driscoll.

Professional recognition

Awaiting confirmation of ongoing accreditation for the 2014 intake by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Institution of Engineering and Technology Engineering Council

Fees – home and EU students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2014/15 academic year

For 2014 entry, membership of professional bodies is included in the course fee.

Fees – international students

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £11,250 a year. Membership of professional bodies is included in the course.

2015/16 academic year

Typically £11,500 a year

Course description

Develop your knowledge and understanding of sports engineering and technology, as well as the key analytical skills and personal qualities you need for a successful career in this area. On this professionally focused course, you study everything from manufacturing and marketing a product to using suitable instrumentation to check product and athletic performance.

You learn to use computer-aided design and engineering software to adapt existing products or create new designs. You also become skilled in selecting and using different materials, including composite materials, foams and plastics, and also learn how and why you use a particular material in different sport applications.

The course
• highlights why it is important to use instruments to test performance
• examines ways in which you can measure the performance of athletes and sport products
• emphasises computer-based measurement techniques

You gain an insight into the commercial application of sport technology with trips to equipment manufacturers such as Gunn & Moore, B3 Cricket, Mitre Sports and Echelon Sport.

You also benefit from international links with Victoria University, Australia and Chemnitz University, Germany and are able to take advantage of innovative teaching collaborations, such as a recent sports equipment design workshop.

After learning how to analyse designs and prototypes on course modules, you can then apply your studies in a professional environment with a year of supervised work experience. A work placement is valuable in focusing you for the final year and improving your employability after you graduate.

This course has a very good reputation within industry and previous students have secured placements with sports equipment manufacturers such as Grays International, and sports testing laboratories such as Labosport. Students have also taken placements with multinational engineering firms such as Unilever, Rolls Royce and General Motors.

Our students often work on their final year individual projects in collaboration with sports companies. Recent examples include analysing the aerodynamics of footballs with Mitre Sports and furthering our understanding of the effect on pedal choice on downhill mountain biker performance with Five Ten and the Centre for Sports Engineering Research.

In the final year of the course you also complete a major team project, often with an industrial partner such as Gunn & Moore or B3 Cricket. This allows you to apply your engineering skills to a sport-related problem of your choice. A recent example involved developing a wearable electronic device to detect 'chucking' in cricket (where a cricket bowler fouls by bending their elbow when bowling).

Our sports research was ranked fourth in the country in the latest official report (RAE 2008) and we ensure that you benefit from this excellence with cutting-edge course content and expert teaching.

The course team are active sports engineering researchers who work closely with a number of sports brands and governing bodies such as Adidas, Eighteen Bikes, Prince, Ping, Mitre, the International Rugby Board and the International Tennis Federation. Dr Allen is course leader and is also the associate editor of Sports Engineering, the official journal of the International Sports Engineering Association and Dr Driscoll is the president of the association.

Key areas of study
Key areas include
• designing and developing sport products
• selecting and implementing sport materials
• sport instrumentation and data analysis
• sports mechanics - application of physics and mechanics to sport


• examinations • coursework • drawings • models • posters • presentations • reports • working prototypes

You also undertake larger individual and team design projects, which we assess at certain stages and by final report.

Headstart course – sports engineering
We are running a headstart course in sports engineering for year 12 and S5 students. Headstart provides hands-on taster courses to help young people find out about  what exciting career opportunities a degree course might lead to. These exciting residential courses give you the chance to connect with professionals and technical specialists whilst developing essential skills like problem-solving and team work. Visit the EDT website for more information.

Institution of Engineering and Technology Engineering Council

Entry requirements

2015 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English language and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 300 points from at least two GCE/VCE A levels or BTEC National qualifications to include a physical science and mathematics at AS level or GCSE grade B. AS levels may count towards these points. We do not accept Key Skills or general studies.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Course content

Year one modules

• design studies and computer-aided design • technology foundation • engineering materials • introductory instrumentation and quantitative methods • engineering product analysis • basic maths for engineers • introduction to functional anatomy and sports biomechanics

Year two modules

• sport and exercise instrumentation • sports mechanics and applications • intermediate design and manufacture • materials and process selection • maths for sports • business environment

Year two options

• sport and exercise biomechanics • computer aided engineering

Year three

• optional work placement

Final year modules

• project • design case studies • sport surfaces and arenas • sport instrumentation systems • sport equipment performance and testing

Final year options

• technology and innovation: applications in sport and exercise • advanced computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture’


Graduates of this course can find careers in diverse areas such as • sports equipment research and development • product design • new sport technology • manufacture • performance analysis of athletes and equipment.

Previous graduates have gained employment in organisations such as • Decathlon • Grays International • Gunn & Moore • International Tennis Federation • Labosport • Nike • Santa Cruz Bicycles • Surface Performance • Triumph Motorcycles • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club • Lear Corporation.

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