Edinburgh Napier University Sports science

Edinburgh Napier University Sports science

Explore the science used to help the body perform to its full potential: physiology, biomechanics and sports psychology, and apply science to sport practically.

Course introduction

This suite of courses ensures that you’ll have a firm grounding in the three core sciences that make up Sport and Exercise Science – Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology, and Biomechanics.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to decide whether to specialise or to retain a broad overview of the subject.

This allows you to take a holistic view of the different aspects that contribute to performance in sport and exercise and, with the very wide range of practical skills that you will have developed, be able to apply your knowledge to the benefit of the performer.

The BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science suite of courses are multidisciplinary with the aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to study and analyse the various aspects of sporting performance.

Complete understanding of what contributes to performance means that expertise must be developed in the three core disciplines of Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology and Biomechanics.

To achieve this, this course has a strong emphasis on the practical application of theoretical knowledge. You’ll gain the independent study habits that will allow you to continue developing your knowledge and skill as a sport and exercise scientist.

This is a full-time course studied over four years. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and through independent study.

If you have an area of particular interest with the Sport and Exercise Sciences, you will have the opportunity to follow a specific route, such as Sports Coaching, Sports Injuries, Sport Psychology, or Exercise Physiology.

Edinburgh Napier University Sports science

What you’ll learn

What you study

This course is currently being updated. Students entering into Year 1 from 2016/17 will study the new course content.

Students entering directly in to Year 2 or 3 will study the current content.

Year 1 (for students starting in 2016/17)

  • Anatomy & Physiology in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Application of Science to Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Training
  • Foundations of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing
  • Skill Acquisition

Year 2 (for current students and those applying directly to Year 2 in 2016/17)

  • The Research Process in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Introduction to Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Volunteering & Employability

Option modules from

  • Principles of Coaching
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Biochemistry

Year 3 (for current students and those applying directly to Year 3 in 2016/17)

  • Intermediate Exercise Physiology
  • Intermediate Sport Psychology
  • Scientific Communication: Dissertation and Statistics
  • Intermediate Biomechanics

Option modules from

  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Practical Coaching
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Assessment and Conditioning
  • Growth Maturation & Exercise
  • Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • Immunology

Edinburgh Napier University Sports science

Year 4 (for current students)


Option modules from

  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Health, Lifestyle, and Exercise Behaviour
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Applications of Molecular Biology
  • Scientific Analysis of Human Movement
  • Muscle Fatigue, Pain, and Damage
  • Cellular and Molecular Immunology

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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