Why Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

If you’re interested in how an understanding of science can improve both sport performance and health, then this could be the subject area for you. Our Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences courses bring together a diverse and fascinating range of subjects including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, and nutrition. We also emphasise sport and physical education for children and young people to promote lifelong participation and healthier lifestyles.  

You’ll get to know how the body responds and adapts to exercise, how nutritional intake can optimise sport performance and improve health, and how to promote positive behaviour change. We help you gain real-world experience so you can develop the skills employers are looking for. You’ll be able to use the fantastic range of facilities in our biomechanics and physiology labs and we’ll help to provide you with a work placement while you study, giving you the opportunity to build up industry contacts too.  

Our courses

Accredited courses and Professional links 

All our Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences courses are endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which enables you to meet industry recognised standards and gain qualifications within your degree which are recognised by major employers. Working closely in partnership with CIMSPA enables us to improve your employability and reflects our commitment to equipping you with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to effectively transition into roles in the sector. 

You can also apply for student membership of CIMSPA. The cost of student membership is just £5 per student (83% saving), which will enable you to access e-learning, guest lectures, digital newsletters and magazines, and work placement, volunteering and job opportunities.

Some of our courses are also endorsed by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), BUES (BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme). The BASES accreditation ensures that the courses meet the very high standards required by the external body, resulting in a superior learning experience.

Our Sport and Exercise Nutrition courses are approved by the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr), meaning that successful completion of this degree acts as a first step towards Graduate Registration with the SENr (a nationally recognised quality mark for your work in sports and exercise nutrition).  

Specialist facilities  

You’ll be able to use the fantastic range of facilities in our biomechanics and physiology labs: from measuring fitness through gas analysis, to measuring reaction forces on the Kistler Force Plate or capturing high-speed movements on our 3D motion analysis system.

Career support

Preparing you for your career 

All our Sport, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a 140-hour work placement, helping to give you the essential skills employers are looking for. 

Once you leave Huddersfield, you could be fully prepared for an inspiring career. Previous graduates have gone on to work in education, research, teaching, community, and social services in organisations including the NHS, Huddersfield Giants RLFC, Halifax RLFC, Barnsley Council, Kirklees Active Leisure, Huddersfield Town FC, Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Manchester United, Leicester City FC and Nuffield Health. 

Hear from one of our placement students

My placement with a company specialising in manufacturing food and sport supplements prepared me for the workplace as it provided an insight into the possible future career pathways, as well as the opportunity to develop essential time management and team working skills. Completing essays on the course improved not only my knowledge on the topics, but my time management and organisational skills. The lecturers were passionate about their modules and the lectures were practical.

Nathan Martin-Hirsch, graduated Sport Exercise and Nutrition BSc(Hons) in 2021

Placement story 

Emily and Michael are Sport Science BSc(Hons) students on work placement at Huddersfield Town's Academy. 

They talk about what it's like working at a Premier League club, how it links to their course and how they feel it will enhance their career prospects. Paul Bower, Lead Academy Physical Performance Coach at Huddersfield Town, talks about the value of work placements through the link between the University and the football club. 

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