Applied Sports Science

University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


Applied Sports Science integrates lab-based science learning with practical field-based experience to help prepare students for a career in sports-related industries. Using the state-of-the-art facilities at Aberdeen Sports Village, and building on clinical excellence at the Foresterhill Health Campus, students will develop skills to promote healthy living throughout life.

Year 1: Introduction to Medical Sciences; Introduction to the Science of Sport, Exercise and Health; Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 and 2; The Cell; Fitness, Performance and Survival; A further 30 credit points from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century Courses.

Year 2: Physiology of Human Cells; The Science of Sports Performance; Foundation Skills for Medical Sciences; Physiology of Human Organ Systems; Energy for Life; Exercise and Health; Research Skills for Medical Sciences; A further 15 credit points from Sustained Study, Discipline Breadth or Sixth Century Courses.

Year 3: Applied Practice in Sport Science I; Sports Psychology; Applied Practice in Sport Science II; Biochemistry and Nutrition of Exercise; Nutrition, Health and Exercise.

Year 4: The final year aims to explore in-depth, specific aspects of sports science and exercise physiology. An important feature is the ten-week research project, carried out in research laboratories at the University or in local research institutes.

Modules include: Research Topics in Sport Science and Studies; Exercise Science Project; Nutrition, Obesity and Metabolic Health or Exercise Physiology.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBB (by end of S5) including 2 maths or science subjects by end of S6 plus English, Maths and Chemistry or Physics at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

For second year entry you would require the above plus 3 Advanced Highers at ABB including two maths or science subjects at AB or BA.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

1 Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted in place of a non-essential Higher.

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Life Sciences and Medicine


Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

SCQF Level