BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (distance learning)

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With sport now a key part of the Government's agenda, the importance of exercise and sport science cannot be underestimated and practitioners in the range of exercise and sport disciplines are crucial.

This course was one of the first distance-learning Sport and Exercise Science degrees in the UK. It benefits from having custom-made eBooks, which allow you to develop your understanding and knowledge at your own pace. The degree has been designed to offer a flexible rate of study and to meet the needs of those in full-time employment, sports performers, coaches or exercise professionals in the UK and abroad.

With a long history in delivering degrees in sport and exercise science, we have gained a distinguished, international reputation for the high quality of our learning and teaching, as well as our research and community work, within this specialist field.

For more information on the course, please email Dr Georgina Stebbings, Co-Programme Leader – BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (distance learning).

Features and Benefits

  • Your learning materials include multi-media eBooks, videos, webinars and textbooks.
  • Interactive activities are also embedded within the eBooks, and these are mainly accessed via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
  • Tutorial support is available via email, telephone, Skype and in person at Manchester Metropolitan University, with academic specialists teaching on every unit of study.
  • 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.


“You won’t find a better distance learning course in the sports science field. Distance learning really suited me, especially with my working hours, and many of the scientific principles I learned on the course I now apply in my current role at the US-based National Women's Soccer League team Utah Royals FC on a day-to-day basis.” Andrew Wiseman, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (distance learning)

“While my research interests are focused primarily on sport and exercise genetics, I am also a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, and enjoy providing physiological support to some world-class athletes.”

Dr Georgina Stebbings, Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Sport Physiology

Career Prospects

The UK is in what has been called the decade of sport, with a host of major international events including Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games as well as many world championship competitions. This will continue to fuel opportunities for employment across the broad spectrum of the sport sector.

There has also been a significant shift in the way exercise and sport are seen as vehicles for improving the health and wellbeing of the population. This will generate a range of new graduate employment opportunities for which these courses offer first-class preparation. There are various career paths for graduates of sport and exercise science within sport governing bodies, clubs, organisations, schools, research centres, academic institutions, as well as hospitals and medical centres specialising in health, fitness and rehabilitation.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Applicants will be considered individually on the basis of their ability to complete the course successfully. Many applicants will typically be in employment as professional or voluntary coaches, in the fitness industry or Armed Forces, or at an elite level of sport.

IELTS score required for international students


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

Course details

All students use eBooks in physiology, biomechanics, psychology and practical skills which have been specially created by staff from the department. The eBooks contain a blend of text, images, interactive tasks, video lectures and other videos. You will consider how to combine knowledge from these disciplines to enhance sports performance, health and well-being. Our distance learning Sport and Exercise Science course has a strong applied focus and will draw upon your experiences of exercise, sport, fitness and physical activity to form a context for your learning.

After an initial compulsory attendance at the induction, the course is taught mainly via distance learning. At both Certificate and Diploma levels, there is one mandatory five-day residential to attend on campus in Manchester. At BSc level, there are two mandatory residential visits.

Year 1 (Level 4)


Year 2 (Level 4 and Level 5)


Year 3 (Level 5)


Year 4 (Level 6). Choose from 2 out of 5 option units:


Year 5 (Level 6)


Level 4 provides an introduction to the core disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics to establish an understanding of the fundamentals of sport and exercise science and develop key study skills.

At Level 5, sport and exercise knowledge is applied to contexts within each of the core disciplines, to extend understanding and enhance analytical skills.

For the final level of the degree, students undertake a research project in an area of their choice and are offered a choice of interdisciplinary option units to study to align to their key interests. 

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:



Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Part of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences hosts a range of specialisms, from physiology and biomechanics, nutrition, to coaching and sport history. Our innovative partnerships with high profile sporting organisations include a unique collaboration with Manchester City Football Club.

We focus on practical and academic skills alongside employability, to prepare our graduates for work in a variety of careers.

More about the department

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.

Meet our expert staff


UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £1813 per 30 credits studied 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: Distance learning fee: £2875 per 30 credits studied 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Other Costs

All of the eBooks required for the course are available to download free of charge. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service that can be used for residential visits. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may occasionally need to print their assignments and other documents. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600.

Students are required to cover the cost of their accommodation during the residential periods. Estimated cost: £80 per night.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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The application deadline for September 2020 entry is 14 August 2020.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
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