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MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

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Year of Entry 2022/23

Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Prepare for a career in the sport and exercise industries on this multidisciplinary, evidence-based course. Currently applications for the September start of this course are only open to home students.

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What is the fee? Home: £8,745 for the course
International/EU: £14,895 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • Gain an understanding of science and how to apply theory to practice in sport and exercise
  • Work towards British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accreditation.
  • Conduct independent research and seek experience as a sport or exercise science practitioner.

On this course you’ll develop your professional skills in sport and exercise – alongside specialist skills in biomechanics, performance analysis, physiology, nutrition, strength and conditioning. We offer a first-class suite of research and teaching laboratories, as well as the excellent facilities offered by our partnership venue at the English Institute of Sport.

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How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch course leader Dr Mayur Ranchordas talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is delivered by our expert staff, who often support elite athletes and carry out cutting-edge research as part of their day-to-day work. Many of our staff members are accredited by professional bodies such as BASES, and we work collaboratively with our Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre to consult, research, and teach. 

Our experience helps us to keep our course content advanced and contemporary – based on our knowledge and experience of research and delivery.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical classes
  • project supervision
  • external speakers

Course leaders and tutors

Dr David Claxton
Dr David Claxton
Senior Lecturer

I teach the physiology of sport and exercise physiology on the undergraduate and postgraduate Sport and Exercise Science-related degrees and cover both applied sport … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

One of the main features of this course is providing practical opportunities for you to enhance your vocational skills – with both work-based learning and short or long-term internships. The Academy of Sport and Physical Activity is in close contact with many local and national partners who are interested in working with our students to support their professional development. 

There’s a specific module for work-based opportunities on the course, where a range of experts are invited to help you with your personal and professional development. You’ll be able to improve your skills in networking, negotiation, problem solving, presentation, communication, management and IT – and then use those skills in real-world situations. 

You’ll also have access to an employability adviser. They provide support in lectures and 1 to 1 sessions on writing applications, preparing for interviews and developing your CV – as well as offering tailored career guidance to help you progress.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Sport and exercise science practitioner
  • Exercise instructor in the health and fitness industry
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport and exercise nutritionist
  • Performance analyst
  • Sport and exercise biomechanist
  • Researcher
  • Academia


This course is designed to meet some of the needs of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association accreditation.

Student success story

Jordan Webster studied a sport degree at Sheffield Hallam, before progressing onto a masters in sport and exercise science. Watch him talk about how it's helping his career.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry-leading physiology and biomechanics laboratories
  • a performance analysis suite which houses specialist analytical software
  • an environmental chamber for simulating extreme environments
  • a strength and conditioning suite with the latest specialist equipment

Learn more about your department

Find out about the Sports and Physical Activity subject area at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Entry requirements

All students

We designed this course to continue specialist studies at masters level for students who already possess a relevant first degree. You may also have an appropriate combination of other subject specific qualifications and relevant practical experience.

Normally you need one of the following

• a good first or upper second honours degree in sport or exercise science

• a good honours degree in a relevant science discipline with suitable content

• an alternative qualification with a suitable concentration of relevant science (at the discretion of the course leader)

• a qualification in science or sport or exercise science at a level lower than first degree coupled with relevant practical experience

The course leader interviews applicants with non-standard qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

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

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Measurement Techniques And Analysis Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Practice In Sport And Exercise Science Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biomechanics And Performance Analysis For Applied Sport And Exercise Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Exercise And Health Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Physiology And Nutrition For Sport And Exercise Performance Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Science Of Strength And Conditioning Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £8,745 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,895 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Sport and physical activity courses (PDF, 255.9KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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