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Applied Sports Science integrates lab-based science learning with practical field-based experience to help prepare students for a career in sports-related industries. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village, and building on clinical excellence at the Foresterhill Health Campus, students will develop skills to promote healthy living throughout life.

Applied Sports Science integrates laboratory-based science learning with practical field-based experience. The programme has been designed for students with interests in the science of sport and the application of this science discipline to real life sport development and sports career destinations. During the four year programme, you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Understanding how the body adapts to the demands of physical activity
  • The ways in which psychology affects performance
  • Optimisation of training through understanding strength and conditioning, periodization and monitoring of athletes
  • The role of biomechanics in analysing technique for the purpose of enhancing or limiting physical performance
  • Sport nutrition and the impact the athletes’ diet can impact performance.

In addition, you will have access to the excellent facilities on offer at the internationally recognised Aberdeen Sports Village, learn from experts in your chosen field, and have the opportunity to use the skills and knowledge you have gained to undertake a field-based placement in your third year.

The BSc in Applied Sports Science will prepare you for a career in the sport, exercise or health industries. The programme also offers flexibility to elite and competitive athletes who want to combine training and competing with studying for a sports related degree in a world class sports environment.

Applied Sports Science integrates lab-based science learning with practical field-based experience to help prepare students for a career in sports-related industries. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village, and building on clinical excellence at the Foresterhill Health Campus, students will develop skills to promote healthy living throughout life. Applied...

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Course Content

The degree programme is designed to provide students with the experience of working with athletes and sports teams to deliver sport science support in maximising performance, training practice and competition preparation. These goals are achieved by the application of the theoretical principles of Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition and Psychology that underpin sports preparation, performance and recovery.

  • Year 1

In year 1 you will take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Science of Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Fitness, Performance and Survival

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (CM1020) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Medical Sciences (SM1001) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health (SR1002) - 15 Credit Points

Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (CM1512) - 15 Credit Points

The Cell (SM1501) - 15 Credit Points

Fitness, Performance and Survival (SR1503) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice

  • Year 2

In year 2 you will take the following courses:

  • Science of Sports Performance
  • Principles of Strength and Conditioning
  • Exercise and Health

Compulsory Courses

Physiology of Human Cells (BI20B2) - 15 Credit Points

The Science of Sports Performance (SR2002) - 15 Credit Points

Physiology of Human Organ Systems (BI25B2) - 15 Credit Points

Research Skills for Medical Sciences (SM2501) - 15 Credit Points

Exercise and Health (SR2501) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice

  • Year 3

In year 3 you will take the following courses:

  • Applied Practice in Sport Science I
  • Sports Psychology
  • Applied Practice in Sport Science II

Compulsory Courses

Integrative Physiology (PY3002) - 30 Credit Points

Sports Psychology (SR3022) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus choose one of the following courses:

  • SR3506 Biochemistry and Nutrition of Exercise
  • SR3511 Nutrition, Health and Exercise

Plus 30 credit points from courses of choice

Biochemistry and Nutrition of Exercise (SR3506) - 30 Credit Points

Nutrition, Health and Disease (SR3511) - 30 Credit Points

  • Year 4

In your final year you will take the following courses:

  • Research Topics in Sport Science and Studies
  • Exercise Science Project
  • Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health or Exercise Physiology

Compulsory Courses

Honours candidates are required to take both a two hour general examination (SM 4901) and a three hour problem solving examination (SM 4902) at the end of the Final Honours Year.

Research Topics in Sports Science and Studies (SR4007) - 30 Credit Points

Exercise Science Project (SR4501) - 60 Credit Points

Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health (SR4008) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Plus select a further 30 credit points from course(s) of choice.

The degree programme is designed to provide students with the experience of working with athletes and sports teams to deliver sport science support in maximising performance, training practice and competition preparation. These goals are achieved by the application of the theoretical principles of Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition and Psychology that underpin sports preparation, performance...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas,...

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