Dept. of Sport and Exercise Science - Aberystwyth University

Human Biology and Sports Science

Dept. of Sport and Exercise Science - Aberystwyth University
In Aberystwyth

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Aberystwyth (Wales)
Duration 3 Years
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberystwyth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

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Aberystwyth (Cardiganshire/Ceredigion)
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Aberystwyth University, Carwyn James Building, Penglais Campus, SY23 3FD


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Course programme

It is a very important time to study for a degree in Human Biology and Sports Science. The health and fitness of the nation has become a headline issue. Startling statistics show that we are getting fatter and less fit. Obesity has been on the rise, particularly in children. Even though more recent research suggests a slightly slower rate of increase, theetween exercise and health is a vital area of research. The Human Biology and Sports Science degree at Aberystwyth combines the latest developments in biology with the most exciting issues in sport and exercise science. Whether you are interested in human biology or you are a sports person interested in the sports science of coaching and training you will find something to satisfy you in this course. You do not need to have a background in competitive sport to enjoy the Human Biology and Sports Science degree: you might be involved in exercise for leisure, recreation or for health reasons. The degree covers all areas of human biology and sports science and will equip you to make a contribution in any or all of these fields.

The degree in Human Biology and Sports Science brings together the latest biological advances with the theoretical and practical analysis of how the body moves, exercises and performs sport. A flexible syllabus allows integration of fundamental science, applied studies and research, resulting in a comprehensive training and education package. Our brand new sports science complex with well-equipped laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment for biological analysis will support and enhance your learning experiences, from molecular to field studies.

Human Biology and Sports Science degree course structure

Year 1

During your first year you will explore the foundations of sports and exercise biology by taking modules ranging from cell biology and muscle function through to the biomechanics of sports and exercise. Building on your existing knowledge, and filling any gaps there may be, you will also be introduced to the basic skills of biological science at the University level: research, analysis, evaluation and reporting. These are the basis for all your futher studies.

Years 2+3

In the second year you will be able to study the physiological, psychological and/or biomechanical analysis of sports and exercise, and examine the role of sport and exercise medicine. You will also have the opportunity to gain vocational qualifications through work experience. In your final year you will be able to choose a research project that will allow you to specialise in either Human Biology or Sports Science. Alongside your project, you will enjoy topical modules in both disciplines, such as exercise management in health and chronic disease and the psychology of maximal sports performance.

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Career opportunities: Not only can you graduate with your BSc from this scheme, but you will also have excellent opportunities to gain additional vocational qualifications, work experience and transferable skills that are highly valued by employers. Human Biology and Sports Science graduates are well prepared for careers in sports coaching and training, research, teaching and in clinical aspects of sports science. You will have a wide range of career prospects within the thriving sports, fitness and leisure industries, and in the business and commercial sector.
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