1st in Scotland for Sport and Education
The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide.
This course achieved 91% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey.
How do sport, exercise and physical activity benefit health and wellbeing? How do our body systems respond to acute exercise and adapt to training? What factors influence our participation in physical activity and ability to benefit from it? This course explores these issues by studying the body’s systems, their regulation and the effects of exercise.
First and foremost we aim to develop you as a scientist and then we explore sport and exercise. You’ll study biological sciences such as cell biology, genetics and molecular biology alongside sport and exercise physiology, nutrition, and sport and exercise psychology. This gives you knowledge of the disciplines underpinning Sport and Exercise Science, develops your knowledge of scientific methods and provides a basis for understanding the role of exercise in improving health and athletic performance.
You will be taught by international research leaders in their areas of expertise in sports nutrition, exercise physiology, genetics and epigenetics, molecular biology, neuromuscular control, as well as muscle metabolism in health and disease.
ABBB - one sitting.
AABB - two sittings.
To include one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics.
Modes of study
Full-time (three modules per semester).
Part-time (one or two modules per semester).
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Teaching is delivered in eight semesters, with an extensive research project conducted in the final year. A wide variety of project topics is available and reflects the active research interests of the academic staff contributing to this degree course.
In Year 1, you will gain a strong grounding in biological science and an introduction to the study of sport and exercise, with further outline modules in cell biology, physiology and sports studies. Both field and laboratory skills will also be introduced into the year.
Year 2 considers issues and concepts of sports studies and the psychology of sport, examining the relationship between stress and sport performance. You will also further develop your knowledge and skills in biological science and sport and exercise sciences. Subjects such as human anatomy and physiology, genetics and evolution are studied. Statistical Techniques are taught, learning how to analyse scientific data sets.
Further advanced level modules are delivered in Year 3, studying areas such as the physiology of sport and exercise which considers adaptations to exercise training and the challenges of environmental extremes. Animal cell biology looks at the basic components of animal cells, their functions and how these functions are regulated in health and disease.
Understanding exercise and diet in developing a healthy lifestyle is also explored during Year 3, considering medical issues which affect physical activity. Applied exercise physiology is studied in the laboratory and psychology of exercise considers the factors which influence a person’s decision to exercise.
The Honours year offers further modules in proteomics and molecular techniques as well as discovering the techniques and methodological assumptions underpinning sport and exercise science research. Students examine and learn how to critically analyse research, before undertaking a dissertation in the final semester.
- Introduction to Cell Biology
- Laboratory Skills
- Field Skills
- Introduction to Physiology
- Introduction to Sports Studies I and II
- Sports Studies Issues and Concepts
- Evolution and Genetics
- Psychology of Sport
- Statistical Techniques
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Physiology of Sport and Exercise
- Animal Physiology
- Sports Medicine Health and Wellbeing
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Animal Cell Biology
- Psychology of Exercise Physical Activity and Health
- Sport and Exercise Science Research
- Readings in Sports Studies
- Molecular Techniques
Teaching and assessment
In addition to conventional lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and laboratory practical sessions, web-based technology is used to support the teaching course. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, group project work, group and individual presentations and examination.
Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, the first choice for students to study sport. Excellence is at the heart of everything we do in sport, from our innovative research (the best in Scotland) improving the health of the nation, to preparing athletes for success on the world stage.
Our scenic campus is home to a suite of sports facilities, across 310 acres, all open to students, including a 50m swimming pool, a golf course, a fitness centre, an eight-court sports hall; nine grass and artificial pitches and 10 tennis courts to name but a few.
Participating in sport couldn’t be easier, with 1,500 members of the Sports Union, which has almost 50 different clubs where you can meet new people and enjoy your sport of choice.
If performance sport is your focus, then our International Sports Scholarship Programme (ISSP) or national scholarship programme Winning Students could provide you with the funding and flexibility to compete at the highest level.
Sport and Exercise Science offers a breadth of study across two Schools. Teaching is delivered by experts in their field and enhanced by cutting edge knowledge from our researchers.
Further investment in sport, health and exercise laboratories means students can develop their skills within a world-class environment.
- Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence
- 1st in Scotland for sports research (most recent Research Assessment Exercise)
- 1st in Scotland for Sport and Education (The Times Good University Guide, 2012, and The Complete University Guide, 2012)
This course is delivered jointly by the School of Sport and by the School of Natural Sciences, bringing the expertise of both to ensure an unrivalled student experience.
All courses are delivered by experts in their varied fields and the course content is shaped by the latest research.
A major benefit of the School of Sport is its integrated nature, with both academic courses and a sports development service, which manages a suite of world-class sports facilities, working together.
Stirling has recently invested in state-of-the-art sport, health and exercise science facilities and our research staff are leaders in their field.
Students are able to tap into the staff expertise which spans across a wide variety of sport and exercise science subjects.
Research and teaching staff work side-by-side, sharing their knowledge with one another and imparting this knowledge to students through seminars and lectures.
This ensures students develop a wide skills-set, developing scientific enquiry and critical evaluation, essential in the modern workplace.
I play international football for Scotland and made the move to Stirling to be part of the Scottish FA Performance Centre, on campus.
I really enjoyed studying Sport, Health and Exercise Science. It’s good because I’m an athlete as well and it’s helped me learn a lot of things about aspects like nutrition and how the body works. You can then go into further research, do applied sports science or even take another route and go into something like teaching.
I’m now continuing at Stirling doing an MPhil Sports Studies. Hopefully I will be able to research the effects of dehydration on athletes, specifically considering if body composition has any influence on this.
I love Stirling as it’s a sporting university – there are athletes and people who want to do sport for fun all together. The lecturers are brilliant and have a great knowledge and enthusiasm for their topics which rubs off on you. I’ve always found the lab work really interesting and that’s what convinced me to stay on and do further research.
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Jane Ross BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, graduated 2011.
The Health & Exercise Sciences Research Group has grown substantially over the last few years. Recent investment in personnel and facilities provides a broad strength in depth allowing interests and research in areas ranging from molecular biology to whole body metabolism. Our research investigates strategies for increasing muscle anabolism in athletes and exercising individuals; nutrition and exercise training effects on muscle metabolism in health and disease, response to physical activity including genetic and epigenetic responses, molecular biology and assessment of neuromuscular control in clinical and athletic populations.
94% of University of Stirling 2012 graduates have found work, or are in a
further programme of study within 6 months of graduation. The Telegraph
ranks Stirling in the top 12 UK universities for getting a job.
Careers in the sport sector account for around three percent of all jobs in Scotland according to a recent study by Cambridge Econometrics. This is set to increase even further with major sporting events, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup 2014 providing a number of exciting opportunities for well qualified students.
Graduates have gone on to postgraduate study, research, jobs in the sport and leisure sector such as in sports development, sports science support of athletes, health and fitness monitoring, physical activity promotion, and coaching, as well as into the teaching profession and other disciplines such as physiotherapy and commissioned officers in the armed forces.
Employers who have benefitted from Stirling graduate expertise include local authorities, commercial and voluntary sport organisations and governing bodies of sport.