Studying an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Leeds will give you core life science disciplines and will teach you how the body and mind respond to and learn from the demands placed on them in sport and exercise.
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The Sport and Exercise Sciences programme at the University of Leeds gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the biological process of the body during physical activity, sport and exercise.

You’ll study four core disciplines: exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and sport and exercise psychology – inviting you to ask questions such as: How do common sports injuries occur? How does the cardiorespiratory system react in an extreme environment? What motivates people to take part in sport?

The integrated Masters offers you an additional year of specialist training. You’ll undertake an extended research project and study advanced research topics.

Career opportunities

Throughout the degree, you’ll gain a wide range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Supported by the Leeds for Life scheme and your academic and personal tutor, you’ll be ideally placed to focus on your personal development and make the most of your time at university.

You’ll develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills by undertaking additional experiences outside the academic requirements of the course, which could include taking a national coaching award.

We have a very close relationship with CP+R (Clinical Prevention and Rehabilitation) – they visit us several times a year, speaking at careers seminars, attending careers fairs and running drop-in sessions. They also organise for our students to visit their workplace, to gain a better understanding of their work. They are very interested in our students and usually recruit 1-2 of our graduates every year.

Sport and Exercise Sciences graduates have gone on to roles in education and training, biomechanics, coaching, clinical support, physiotherapy, teaching, physiology, occupational health, and providing technical expertise for major sports organisations.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Junior product manager,
  • Coach, Happy Kidos
  • Sports massage therapist, The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol
  • Business development manager, Mark Two Distributors
  • Personal trainer, Lifestyle Fitness
  • Strength and conditioning coach, Civil Service.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Motor Control: Foundations of Control and Learning
  • Functional Anatomy for Sports Scientists
  • Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Introduction to Biomechanics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • BSc - A-level: AAA - ABB; MSci:A-level: AAA
  • Including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science at A2. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
  • We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
  • Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
  • GCSE: GCSE: Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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