Whether you're interested in elite sport performance, supporting talented younger players, or wider issues to do with physical activity and health, prepare for a career in a fast-moving field by studying on our nationally endorsed Sport and Exercise Science degree in the heart of Cambridge.
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.
At ARU, we're proud to be ranked number 1 in the country for sports science courses in the Guardian League Table 2021.
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). Here, you’ll learn to apply the four key disciplines of sport and exercise science: physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition.
Our Sport and Exercise Science degree course is also endorsed by 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. Find out more about our approved and accredited courses.
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 condition 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.
We're ranked number 1 in the country for sports science courses by the Guardian League Table 2021. Take a look at some of the equipment used by our students.
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.
Become the best you can be.
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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.
Associate Professor in Cardiorespiratory Exercise Physiology
Associate Professor (Health and Exercise Nutrition); Research Excellence Framework (REF) convenor; BASES Laboratory Director and Consultancy Lead
Interim Deputy Head of School
Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching
Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health
There are wide-ranging employment opportunities for sport scientists, from introducing people to sport and exercise, to helping take them to the top. You could work as an athlete-support scientist (with teams and national sports associations), an exercise consultant, a performance analyst, or a clinical psychologist, among other roles in applied health and physical activity and the health and fitness industry.
This course is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the professional development body for the UK's sport and physical activity sector, and the sector's only chartered professional body, meaning employers will view you as "job ready" for roles in sport and physical activity.
We’ll encourage you to improve your employment prospects by making connections with industry. We have links with a range of sporting organisations, including:
Whichever area of sports science interests you, you can be sure you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities that employers need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships and placements.
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 Science or MSc Sport Coaching. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
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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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