BSc (Hons) Sport Science and Human Physiology

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Our Sport Science and Human Physiology degree covers the science of sport and the physiology of human performance. It’s a fascinating combination that brings together expertise from our Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences and our School of Healthcare Science – giving you access to a wide range of teaching expertise and high-spec facilities. By the time you graduate, you’ll have the skills and understanding for employment in sports and health fields.

Study Sport Science and Human Physiology at Manchester Met and you’ll explore how the human body works, focusing on physical activity and health. You’ll be immersed in scientific investigation, and we’ll show you how to develop an evidence-based approach to both the theory and the practice of these subjects.

You’ll gain a well-rounded understanding of sport science, with the kind of skills and knowledge that will prepare you for a range of professional environments in the world of sport and physical activity. This will be supported by detailed knowledge of biology and physiology underpinning human movement.  You'll also have the opportunity to spend an extra year expanding your horizons, working on a placement in industry.

In your final year, you’ll have the chance to work alongside one of our experts on research or an applied project where you can criticise, analyse and interpret information, or even collect your own unique data in a topic related to sports or physiology that matches your own interests.


Features and Benefits

  • Number 1 in the UK for student experience: Manchester Metropolitan University has been ranked number one in the UK for student experience for sport science in the 2019 Times Higher Education Subject Rankings.
  • Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science: Sports Science at Manchester Metropolitan University was ranked in fifth in the UK in the 2020 Guardian University League Tables.
  • Large investment in sports facilities in Manchester at our John Dalton building, Platt Lane Sports Complex and Sugden Sports Centre.
  • You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sports or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.
  • Our academics feed cutting-edge knowledge into the course – whether it’s from their research or their work with Olympic and Paralympic medal winning athletes.
  • Take advantage of our partnerships including Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Women’s Football Club, City in the Community, and the Manchester Giants basketball team.
  • We’re well known in the subject – we provide scientific support to businesses and government, and we’re the lead partner in a sport-related SOCRATES European exchange network.
“This degree programme is unique as it offers students the chance to study all aspects of Sport Science but with specific emphasis on Human Physiology. We pride ourselves on a student-centred approach to teaching and students will be taught in an engaging and supportive environment.” Dr Greg Wood, Programme Leader, Sport Science and Human Physiology

Career Prospects

With the recent high profile sporting events in the UK, sport and exercise are in the spotlight as ways to improve health and wellbeing. It’s an exciting time to get involved and there are a huge number of opportunities in the sector.

There are a number of careers directly relevant to our Sport Science and Human Physiology degree. You might want to work as a sports scientist with professional athletes and clubs, within the NHS, or with private healthcare providers. Or maybe you’d like to work as a personal trainer, an exercise professional in a rehabilitation unit, or as an entrepreneur in the leisure industry.

Sport Science and Human Physiology graduates may choose to go into teaching after studying for a PGCE, while others want to carry on their studies with a Masters or PhD in sport science or in physiotherapy.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


104-112 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BCC-BBC).  Including A2 grade C in Biology or Human Biology.

BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at Level 3 (Grades DMM). 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics. GCSE Science and Mathematics requirement may be met through the Level 3 requirements for the course. Please contact the institution if further information is required.

Level 2 Functional Skills English and Mathematics also accepted. BTEC Level 2 in Applied Science also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 IB Pts inc Higher Level Grade 5 in Biology

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Our Sport Science and Human Physiology course will enable you to develop strong theoretical and practical appreciation of human physiology with particular focus on physical activity and health. This will be complemented by a rounded study of sport including the development of knowledge and skills appropriate for work environments in sport and physical activity.

During the first year you will build up foundation knowledge in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology and physical activity and health. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Physical Activity and Health

This unit will provide an introduction to a broad range of topics related to physical activity and health. It also allows students to become familiar with current issues and practical skills in the area of physical activity and health.

Physiological Systems

The Physiological Systems unit introduces students to principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, disease pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

Mechanical Principles of Movement

This unit introduces the fundamental laws, principles and concepts that describe and explain the way we create and control movement in sport and exercise.

Anatomy for Health and Sport

The unit will develop a basic understanding of human anatomy, body composition assessment and kinesiological analysis.

Sport and Exercise Psychology in Practice

This unit will offer an introduction to sport and exercise psychology using themes relating to the social psychology of sport and health and the cognitive psychology of sport and movement. Significant emphasis will be placed on practical lab-based experiences for students. 

During the second year, you will progress your knowledge and skills by studying in more detail the core principles of human movement based around biomechanics, physiology and sport and exercise psychology. You will also cover cellular and nutritional physiology. Units typically include the following (the list is indicative and may change).

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Core Units

Methods of Enquiry

The unit will provide students with a foundation in methods of enquiry that will enable them to understand the importance of research in examining aspects of exercise, sport and health.

Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action

This unit will develop students understanding of the theoretical foundations of several current and important issues related to sport and exercise psychology. 

Biomechanical Principles and Measurement Techniques

The unit aims to consolidate students understanding of basic biomechanical principles and techniques used to measure biomechanical variables.

Nutritional Physiology

This unit will focus on the role of different nutrients in the human body. In particular, the role of the different macronutrients in the human body will be focused upon with detailed discussion on the absorption, transport, and storage of macronutrients. Nutrition and diet in relation to health and maintenance of body mass will be emphasised. The dietary requirements for specific population groups will also be considered.

Cellular Physiology

Cellular Physiology covers the following general topics: cell structure and function; signal transduction; calcium signalling; ion channels and pumps; membrane potentials; G protein-coupled receptors.

Exercise and Environmental Physiology

This unit aims to expand on knowledge of human and exercise physiology obtained during the first year by examining, in detail, the response of physiological systems to exercise and environmental stress.

If you opt for the four-year sandwich route, your third year will be spent on placement.

During the final year, you will undertake a research project in an area of your choice along with a wealth of option units to tailor your programme of study to align with your key interests.

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Core Units

Current Issues in Physiology

In this unit, students will study advanced topics in physiology, concentrating on aspects of current focus and strategic importance in scientific, public, governing and healthcare communities.

Undergraduate Project

Students will design, implement, and report findings of a research investigation relevant to the exercise, sport and health related disciplines.

Option Units

Cardiovascular Science

This unit will explore current issues related to the area of Cardiovascular Science. It investigates the physiology, pathophysiology and treatment of a range of cardiovascular diseases.

Psychophysiology of Sport and Exercise Science

This unit will develop students' understanding of the psychophysiological processes underpinning human performance and related interventions.

Activity Monitoring Technology in Sport & Exercise

This unit focuses on the use of technology in sport and exercise used to monitor and inform the user.

Motor Learning and Expert Performance

This unit will draw upon literature and theory related to motor control to teach students how to use psychological techniques to maximise motor skill learning and expedite skill acquisition in applied contexts.

Neuromuscular Physiology

Neuromuscular structure and function underpinning athletic performance and muscular disorders will be studied using laboratory practicals, lectures and tutorials.

Clinical Biomechanics

A unit dedicated to the application of biomechanics and motor control in typical, special, and patient populations during gait and balance.

Performance Biomechanics

This unit addresses the biomechanical factors that limit performance in terrestrial, aquatic and aerial sports and the role of technology in enhancing sports performance.

Psychology of Pain and Rehabilitation

The unit will focus on the psychological factors impacting on, influencing and underpinning issues related to movement impairment and mental health in a range of contexts and populations. A critical, evidence-based approach will be taken and consideration will be given to how many issues may be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

You can opt to spend your third year getting a taste of professional life in a sports or health organisation with the four-year sandwich route.

Department of Life Sciences

Our Department of Life Sciences boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Other Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Some travel will be required between Platt Lane Sports Complex and All Saints campus. Total estimated cost: £240 per year


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Programme Review
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