Curtains have gone up! Gentle breeze from Brazil, here we go!
In the midst of all the Samba, fireworks and colourful lighting, the relay of the massive Olympic torch has really captivated the mood across the world. The opening ceremony at the Maracana stadium shows the anticipation of people from every corner of the world and Brazil basking in the Olympic glory, as usual.
India has sent its largest Olympic contingent ever this year – 120 athletes. With inspiring personalities from history like Muhammad Ali, Andre Agassi, Pele, Leander Paes, Randhir Singh and many more, sports has been one domain which is most sought-after by students who are willing to establish themselves in offbeat fields.
With the increasing awareness of health and fitness in our daily life, the demand for sports scientists and health professionals is increasing. More number of people are hitting to the gym, amidst their busy life, starting from Hollywood actors and models to a 20-year-old teenager.
What is Exercise & Sport(s) Science?
Exercise & Sport science is a branch of science which deals with the application of scientific principles to exercise and sport. It is an evolving field which deals with the human body, and how it works during physical activities. The subject is vast and classified into following: Kinesiology, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Medicine, Computer Science in Sport and so on.
As a bachelor of Sport Science or Exercise & Sport Science, you will learn about the basics of physiology, epidemiology, biokinetics and biochemistry, psychology, biomechanics, statistics and nutrition and gain skills in various other domains. It gives you an idea of behaviour of the body in sport and the scientific basis behind physical activity, body movement and injury.
What to do with the degree?
It might not help you become another Pele, but definitely it is a rewarding career path. As an undergraduate, you will find a job as − an exercise physiologist, fitness centre manager, cardiac therapist, clinical research associate, kinesiotherapist, sports administrator, sports coach, sports therapist, regional medical scientist or a sports development officer.
Where can you get a job?
You will get to work at various organisations in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, for example, sporting agencies, fitness clubs, professional sports clubs, public sports and recreation centres, schools and colleges and health sectors including the National Health Service.
Several universities abroad offer BSc Exercise & Sport Science or related programmes. We bring you the best ones:
1. The University of Georgia
The University of Georgia offers BSEd in Exercise and Sport Science at the Department of Kinesiology; it is ranked 7th by the National Academy of Kinesiology. The module allows you to specialise in any one of the following: pre-physical therapy; pre-occupational therapy; strength, conditioning or fitness specialist.
2. The University of Sydney
The University of Sydney offers BSc Applied Science in Exercise and Sport Science and Exercise Physiology. It is a 3-year, full-time programme. Course Fee is nearly A$ 45,000.00 for international students.
3. The University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle offers an undergraduate degree which is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) undertaken at the Central Coast campus at Ourimbah.
The module will help you gain a comprehensive understanding on physiology, anatomy and nutrition and develop a reflexive thinking ability.
4. Northumbria university, Newcastle
The Northumbria University offers two undergraduate degree programmes: Applied Sport & Exercise Science and Sport, Exercise & Nutrition. The course fee for international students is nearly £ 14,000.00.
5. University of Bedfordshire
The University of Bedfordshire offers four undergraduate programmes in Sport and Exercise Science, with and without a foundation year. Course fee ranges from £ 9,750.00 to 10,000.00, for international students.
6. University of Exeter
Known for its best Sport Science research units in the UK, the University of Exeter offers a 4-year bachelor degree programme in Exercise and Sport Science. The module helps you develop your knowledge of physiology, biomechanics and psychology and provide a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles underlying sport and exercise performance and participation. This programme allows you to study at the partner institutes, for example, in North America, Australia and New Zealand in the third year.
7. Federation University Australia
The Federation University, Australia, offers BSC of Exercise and Sport Science and BSc of Health Sciences. These are 3-year, full-time programmes, and course fee is nearly A$ 29,200.00 for international students.
8. Loughborough University
The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences of the Loughborough University offers state-of-the-art facilities in its premises. It offers two study options: BSc (hons) DPS – a 4-year, full time sandwich programme and BSc (hons) – 3-year, full-time programme. A high number of undergraduates get employed from the institute at reputed companies like Adidas, David Lloyd Leisure, William Hill, UK Sport and Serco Leisure.
9. Victoria University, Australia
One of Australia’s best sports colleges, the Victoria University offers you a range of undergraduate and research degrees, providing a strong foundation in the field of exercise and sports.
10. Oregon State University
OSU’s School of Biological and Population Health Sciences offers an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. The degree also serves as advancement towards master's level physical education teacher education program or other graduate education.
11. The University of Queensland, Australia
The University of Queensland offers a 4-year, full-time BSc Exercise & Sport Science. Indicative annual fee for international students is nearly AUD$ 30000.
12. University of South Australia
The University of South Australia offers BSc Human Movemement. This is South Australia’s only undergraduate program supporting membership with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as an exercise scientist. Annual course fee for international students is nearly $AU 26,400.
13. Leeds Trinity University
Leeds Trinity University offers BSc of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Annual fee for international students is nearly £ 11,000.00.
14. University of Kent
The University of Kent offers an undergraduate degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and Sport and Exercise Management (BA). Annual fee is nearly £ 12, 890.00 to 15,380.00, for international students.
Other universities where you can opt for a bachelor degree include the University of Surrey, University of Western Australia, University of Hertfordshire, Nottingham Trent University, Texas State university and Brunel University London.
How to apply:
- You need NOT have good sports skills to study BSc Exercise & Sport Science. A high school degree, with an additional knowledge in life sciences, will suffice to apply for a bachelor degree programme.
- A minimum score of 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each sub-band of the IELTS system is required. Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic may be accepted.
- A crisp LOR/SOP stating your interest in sports is must. You can state your interest in human physiology, the mechanism of healing of the body from an injury, etc. in your SOP.
For specific entry requirement information and related queries, please visit the university website offering the academic programme you are interested to study in.