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Want to turn your love of sport and fitness into a lifelong career? Sport and Exercise Science graduates are in demand, whether you want to encourage and support people to take up sports and exercise, work in a clinical environment – or help propel them to the top of their game. You’ll learn to apply the four key disciplines of sport and exercise science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition.
At ARU, we're proud to be ranked fourth in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2023.
Study sports science with world-leading experts in our specialist labs in Cambridge, on a degree course endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), so you'll graduate ready to work in the UK’s burgeoning sport and fitness industry or to continue your learning journey to postgraduate study.
There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience, with internships and an optional placement year.
On our Sport and Exercise Science degree course at ARU, you’ll explore the scientific principles and techniques that underpin health, wellbeing and sporting performance.
Sports and exercise scientists can work at all levels, from the general population to elite performance – and our course prepares you for that.
You’ll study the nature of the human machine: how this operates when engaged in sport and exercise, and how to interpret and evaluate its responses.
Our students are based in the Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Sciences. Here, you’ll learn to work safely and ethically as a sport and exercise scientist in our laboratories.
There’s the chance to hear from world-leading guest speakers too, through our Excellence in Sports seminar series, and to take part in training opportunities, such as working as a strength and conditioning coach or as part of the student-led physiology testing consultancy team.
As you’d expect from a university that’s passionate about sport, you’ll find an array of array of sports clubs and societies here.
And to top it all off, there’s financial support on offer for talented athletes.
Similar courses you might study at our Cambridge campus are BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education, BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning with Rehabilitation, and BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Therapy.
Going to university can offer you a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. As part of your course, you could study abroad with one of our short-term Global Experience programmes. Opportunities include summer schools and placements, lasting from one to four weeks and funded by ARU’s UK Turing Scheme grants.
Additionally, you can apply to study in North America for one trimester. You’ll study on the BSc Kinesiology course at University of Illinois Chicago, or SUNY Cortland in New York State, continuing your ARU degree while there. Read more about studying in North America including the funding you can access.
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We're ranked fourth in the country for sports science courses by the Guardian League Table 2023. Take a look at some of the equipment used by our students.
In 2023, we hosted Kinesiology students from the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) as part of our exciting study abroad program. Through our partnership with UIC, Sport and Exercise Sciences students experience the world from a North American perspective.
Learn how to measure fitness and performance at the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Learn how to interpret fitness and performance test results.
Learn how to work safely, effectively and professionally.
Learn how to collect, analyse, draw conclusions and make recommendations from data.
We'll always provide you with opportunities to become the best you can be.
At ARU you’ll be based in our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science. Its British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited specialist exercise testing and human movement facilities include:
All our Sport and Exercise Science students can:
This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), meaning employers will view you as 'job ready' for roles in sport and physical activity.
Our degree course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). You’ll be based in our Cambridge Centre for Sports and Exercise Science, using BASES-accredited specialist facilities. In 2023, we were proud to host the BASES Student Conference.
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There are wide-ranging employment opportunities for sport scientists, from introducing people to sport and exercise, to helping take them to the top. Among other roles in the applied health and physical activity and the health and fitness industry, you could work as:
We’ll encourage you to improve your employment prospects by making connections with industry. We have links with a range of sporting organisations, including:
ARU ranked in the top 15% in the country for graduates in employment and/or further study (Graduate Outcome Survey 2023), and ranked third in the country for graduates who are employed as managers, directors, or senior officials 15 months after graduating. We are also in the top 15% in the country for graduates that agreed they are using what they learnt during their studies.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study a postgraduate degree such as our MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
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You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.Your guide to placements
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