Adventure Sport Science MSci

UCAS CodeC612
QualificationMSci
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer136 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

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Are you one of life’s adventurers or thinking of a career in Adventure based sport?

If so, then this is the course for you!

You may have dreamt of climbing Everest, wondered what ‘it takes’ to Big Wall climb in Yosemite or perform successful Glacial travel in Antarctica. You may have Ice climbed in Norway, walked the 15 peaks of Wales, or completed Trad climbing in the UK. Perhaps you dream of Sailing the Atlantic, Surfing ‘Jaws’, or Kayaking the Conwy Valley? Maybe you’re interested in undertaking an expedition in adventurous terrain or simply excited about Adventure Sport? This course is uniquely designed to help you realise these dreams.

By providing you with ‘hands on’ experience and understanding of the core Sport Science studies of human responses to adventure environments and performance in adventure sports, you will gain the skills required for a career in the expanding Adventure market. This essential core Sport Science knowledge is uniquely combined with the continuous opportunity to develop your own adventure and outdoor skills. Specifically, as well as learning core Performance and exercise science, you will complete ‘doing’ modules with the emphasis on adventuring out and learning practically. If you want to get out in the mountains, beaches, camp, hike, scramble, winter walk, climb, explore the sea cliffs on foot and from a kayak, and want to do it practically ‘hands on’ through whole days out then this course for you. 

The MSci is an extended undergraduate programme that allows students to graduate either with a BSc (Hons) at the end of Year 3 or with a Masters at the end of Year 4. The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences offer this course. 

Key to this degree is the scientific study of human responses to the extreme environments and of performance in the outdoors. 

We place a strong emphasis on applying theoretical knowledge to performance and all students, regardless of the course they are on, undertake a Research Skills module. This gives them the opportunity to integrate the knowledge they have accumulated in an individual Research Project during their MSci year. Both these modules are compulsory. 

Research Skills – This covers three main topics; quantitative research design, the analysis of group differences and regression analyses using quantitative methods and qualitative research methods and analysis.

Students read series of scientific papers to develop their critical understanding of research design, including formulating a question, generating a hypothesis, study designs, sampling methods, ensuring validity and reliability, and good dissemination practices. Both original investigations and review studies will be included.  The second topic involves using a wide variety of quantitative methods to analyse group differences and regression analyses.  The qualitative part of the module will address the different philosophical positions underpinning quantitative and qualitative research; data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups and observational methods; and qualitative data analysis, including thematic content analysis, grounded theory and discourse analysis.

Research Project – This is an independent piece of research, and acts as the culmination of the academic challenges faced by the student. The module comprises 60 credits (ie equivalent to three double modules) and will formally equate to some 600 hours of student time.

Students work closely with their supervisor to develop a research project.  Academic supervisors are leaders in their field of study and provide excellent research training and guidance throughout this process.  Once an appropriate research question is agreed, students will implement a research design and method suited to the area of enquiry.  

Multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies, which might involve the student’s ongoing sport/exercise experience, will be encouraged. Each topic will normally involve data collection, analysis and interpretation and allow students to demonstrate their powers of imagination, initiative, independence and time management.  Students are expected to show a thorough knowledge of the relevant sources of information and the ability to use them with discrimination; to provide full references; to exercise sound and independent judgment; to structure work logically and to express themselves with clarity and precision.   

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • 100% Student Satisfaction for our Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) degree.
  • Ranked 8th (of 81) in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sport Science subject area (NSS, 2018)
  • We are rated 8th in the UK overall & 8th in the Guardian University Guide 2019
  • Ranked 5th in the UK for Research Quality – Complete University Guide 2019
  • 3rd in the UK for Value Added (GUG 2019) demonstrating our ability to help each student achieve their best possible outcome
  • You’ll be studying at a research-led Sport Science School – 7th in the UK in the most recent governmental assessment (REF 2014)
  • In the Teaching Excellence Framework, Bangor University was the 1st university in Wales to be awarded Gold
  • We are internationally renowned for our work in Sport Science and this course draws on expertise from staff who are leading researchers in their fields
  • The School has close links with UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby and the Ministry of Defence (to name a few)
  • Bangor’s location makes it an ideal place to study outdoor activities as there is access to a wide range of natural environments ranging from the coast to the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park;
  • The School was one of the first to offer an academically focussed degree integrating its internationally renowned expertise in sport science with more vocational elements concentrating on outdoor activities;
  • This course draws on expertise from staff who are leading researchers in their fields but also actively participate in outdoor and high-risk activities such as climbing, canoeing, skiing, etc. The vocational elements of this degree are strengthened further by input and delivery from highly qualified and experienced outdoor practitioners at our external partners, Snowdonia Watersports and the Conway Centre;
  • Students undertake an Expedition module (run by the Conway Centre) integrating their scientific knowledge, outdoor activity skills and life skills, to complete a mountain- and/or water-based journey in a wilderness environment. Previous students have visited the Alps and Nepal.

Course Content

Students will typically have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module as well as laboratory time, seminars and tutorials. This direct contact time is tied with student-centred learning such as reading, writing essays and reports, gathering information and data, working on group projects and preparing verbal and poster presentations. These form the basis of your assessment, along with examinations, case studies and critiques of research.

25% of students’ time is spent in lectures, seminars and lab practicals. We keep our lectures, seminars and lab class sizes small: 

  • Lectures: 30-150
  • Seminars: approx. 12-15
  • Laboratory practicals: approx. 25

This means that our students have closer contact with lecturers and tutors, and all our students have access to regular one-to-one meetings with staff.

Bangor University for me was in the perfect location for my degree choice, with a great reputation in the industry.

Kirsty Lea Poppy Palmer
Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) BSc (Hons)

What will you study on this course?

We aim to equip you over the programme to become adventure ‘experts’ in terms of applying core sport science to the world of adventure, whilst also giving you the practical skill sets to undertake independent mountain and water based adventures yourself. There is a real focus on you developing your own personal and group skills in judgment and awareness as well as the practical skills of a variety of adventure activities. These independent skills will stay with you for life and help you realise your goals.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Adventure Sport Science Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

All postgraduate taught applicants (Home/EU /International, full-time and part-time) are eligible to APPLY to become a Graduate Assistant (GA).   

Graduate Assistants are paid to work with academic staff in a range of teaching, learning and assessment activities to support undergraduate student learning for up to 60 hours each academic year.  

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Careers and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

For 2020 entry:

GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science. Typical offer is based on a minimum of 136 from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:

  • A Levels
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Access: Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Sports Leaders UK: Higher Sports Leadership qualifications
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • General Studies not accepted
  • Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the outdoors (e.g. practical experience, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh Award).

International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here

We also welcome applications from mature applicants.

*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.

For 2019 entry:

  • 136 tariff points from a level 3* qualification. All subjects except General Studies considered. GCSE Maths and English at C grade (or equivalent) are required*Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to the outdoors (e.g. practical experience, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh Award).
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com

We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory Costs:

Project: Printing of posters = £20 (if submitted before deadline) or £28 (if submitted late).

Students will also need to purchase a memory stick or compact disc to store their project data for submission.

For modules JXH-1024 and JXH-2029 students must purchase a map of Snowdonia and a compass (approx. £20 total).

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Project: Students may choose to travel to collect data for their projects.

Students may choose to complete a project with costs (e.g. lab consumables). The first £50 is paid for by the School. Any additional costs will be met by the student.

Students may choose to work with vulnerable participants requiring them to complete a DBS check (£44).

JXH-2030 Research Expedition module: This field trip is free of charge. However students may choose to complete the expedition beyond Snowdonia. If they do so they must pay additional petrol costs. Typically these are £25 per person.

JXH-4008 Supervised Experience module:

Students may choose to travel to collect data for their projects.

Students may choose to complete a project with costs (e.g. lab consumables). The first £50 is paid for by the School. Any additional costs will be met by the student.

Students may choose to work with vulnerable participants requiring them to complete a DBS check (£44).

Optional Costs:

Welcome Week events organised by SurfLines: £15

Graduation gown.

Graduation Tea is free of charge to all graduates but additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family at £10 per head.

Optional extra-curricular courses, e.g. Gym Instructors Course approx. £500; First Aid Course approx. £30-£100; National Governing Body Award qualifications at £100-£500 per course.

Notes:

We do not require students to submit a bound copy of their dissertation.

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions
Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Tel: 01248 388256
E-mail: sport@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/sport

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