Sport and Exercise Sciences

Find out about the range of course options in Sport and Exercise Sciences



5 reasons to study Sport and Exercise Science at Bangor

All our staff have higher education teaching qualifications and 100% of their research was rated as world leading or internationally recognised in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework. This places us 5th in the UK for all Sport Science departments. This means that staff are not only leading researchers, but many are also applied practitioners working with some of the world’s leading athletes and teams. This is a rare combination. It ensures that students benefit from the latest perspectives from both the research labs and from the applied world of exercise and high-performance sport.

All of our programmes offer placement opportunities to gain work experience, including placement years. These opportunities are closely linked to the unique high calibre professional research links associated with our staff e.g., UK Sport, Manchester City FC , Liverpool FC, RAF, England and Wales Cricket Board, NHS. To gain a placement in these leading organisations is facilitated by our staff unique links.

Our class sizes mean all students have regular practical sessions in our £1 Million teaching lab right from Year 1. This ensures you can confidently and competently use testing equipment, so you stand out for the competition in the world of work.

All our programmes break from the traditional compartmentalised teaching models adopted by many other sport and exercise departments. We achieve this by featuring cutting-edge modules across all years that are dedicated to bringing the psychology, physiology and human movement disciplines together. Modules such as “Psychophysiology of Sport and Exercise” and “Applied Psychophysiology: How to Monitor and Enhance Performance” cover the latest psychophysiological and neuroscientific research in sport and exercise and include practical experience so students can learn first-hand how what is happening in the mind can impact the body (and vice-versa). This interdisciplinary way of thinking is driving many of the latest trends in the field (e.g., the explosion of bioapps for monitoring stress levels, recovery, brain readiness etc) and will set-up graduates to apply modern interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in their future careers.

Many Sport and Exercise Science graduates pursue careers in teaching, coaching, physiotherapy – our course lays a solid foundation for careers in these domains. BUT, in addition to producing graduates for these traditional career paths, our programmes have also produced a long line of graduates who have progressed into highly successful academic careers (i.e., developed into the next generation of world-leading sport and exercise scientists). In fact, most of our current lecturers and Professors are Bangor graduates! Our course has also produced a long line of graduates who have become successful applied practitioners for high-profile organisations (e.g., for Premier League football teams, international cricket teams, sport governing bodies, NHS).

Undergraduate Degrees

The sports science degree you choose will depend on your specific interests, for example, a degree in Sport and Physical Education will give you skills to undertake a PGCE to teach A Level PE. Adventure Sport Science equips you with technical skills and teaching ability in various water and mountain-based disciplines. 

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Intercalated Degrees

These degrees are aimed at medical students who have successfully completed the requisite number of years in Medical School and want to gain a BSc to specialise, or gain experience in sports science or clinical sports science.

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Top up Degree

This sport degree is suitable for those who have studied a related sport science Foundation degree.

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Why Study Sport and Exercise Sciences?

Sport and exercise science is about applying scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours. It is fast becoming one of the most popular subjects to study in the UK (and globally) at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Student Profile George Robinson

Sport Science

"The course is designed to equip students with the skills to enter a sporting environment. With Bangor being a research orientated university, it puts a lot of emphasis on developing research and critical thinking skills. "

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Bangor Sport Facilities

Bangor Sport offer indoor and outdoor facilities for a whole range of sport and fitness activities, including weight training, aerobic classes, athletics, indoor climbing, indoor cricket, tennis, squash, trampolining, football, rugby, hockey and much more.

Bangor University Sport and Exercise Sciences Virtual Tour

Normal site campus

Unusually for such a high ranked sport science department, all your facilities are easily accessible in one space. Our teaching and lab buildings are all located on the Normal Site Campus helping to reduce your travel time and create a great community working and learning environment.

Sports Normal site lobby

This is the access hub to the departments Physical Activity and Well-Being centre, together with the onsite leisure facilities, including two sports halls and a small strength and conditioning space.

Canolfan PAWB (Physical Activity and Well-being) centre

You are now in the main corridor of the PAWB centre, where students have access to three separate teaching and research labs.

PAWB Physiology and teaching lab

Here is where you get direct practical experience using the most up-to-date sport and exercise science equipment. This regular hands-on experience helps set us apart from other top ranked sport science departments. You’ll get real world practical experience using the equipment in the same way the department does when working with organisations to investigate neuroscience, psychophysiology, sport psychology, personality, and physiology to answer future employers’ questions and have real impact. For example, how to measure exercise behaviour change? How to accurately measure patients, potential talent, and world class athletes’ physiology to help drive positive change for them? Or how to design and implement individualised pressure training programmes for high performance teams? Incidentally, the departments individualised pressure training programme was recently implemented with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and directly helped the England Men’s teams’ win the World Cup.

PAWB Physiology and teaching space 2

It is both important for all students to have practical hands on experience and that we continue to sit in the UK’s top 5 list for Sport Science departments, the PAWB centre houses a number of separate teaching and research spaces. Here is one specifically designed for health, pre- and rehab, and other aspects of medical based application of sport science knowledge.

PAWB Physiology and teaching space 3

In this teaching and research lab, the PAWB centre has a suite of S&C equipment, from free weights right through to treadmills that can work up to speeds faster than humans can typically run. The use cases for this is vast from simple warm ups to high performance testing.

Normal site sports hall corridor

All the facilities are just a short walk apart and often just a quick hop down a corridor.

Outside George building

Everything is designed with your studies in mind. We minimise travel challenges by housing your facilities in a simple to access space. This is the main Sport Science building where you can access staff offices, lecture theatres, more labs, together with a fantastic view of the Menai Straits!

Normal site sports hall

This is the larger of the two on site sports halls and contains full size basketball, 5 a side football, and netball courts, together with 4 badminton courts. This is used by students both for recreation activities, but also directly in modules and classes for practical sessions and research purposes.

Normal site gymnasium

On site we have two sports halls. In this, the smaller of the two, students and clubs can access the space for a variety of activities.

This is the main entrance of the George building

This is the main entrance of the George building. As a grade II listed building you can see it has a lot more character and soul than the typically new glass fronted buildings you’ll encounter in other institutions.

George lecture room corridor

On this wing of the George Building, you can access the two main teaching and lecture spaces.

George building octagonal room

In this lecture theatre, you’ll experience smaller group teaching and seminars. These enable you to develop your learning and knowledge and offer a smaller forum where discussion and challenge take place.

George building main lecture hall

This is the department's main lecture hall. This is where you’ll experience the traditional teaching method of a university and interact with the staff to gain the core aspects of your sport and exercise science degree.

George stairs

The George building is split over several levels. Once up the stairs, you can access the staff offices and additional research and teaching labs.

Staff office

The staff offices are in the same building as your lectures, and you won’t need a special card or code to access them. This means you can schedule tutorials and discuss your studies directly with staff in a safe and friendly environment and on an ad-hoc basis.

The George building lab corridor

The second floor houses another series of research and teaching labs where you have further access to world-class equipment.

Physiology Research lab 1

In the first of the George building physiology labs, you’ll find hundreds of pieces of equipment that are used for a multitude of purposes, from taking and analysing blood through to manipulating exercise and performance environments. The latter can be completed in this lab via the environmental chamber, where we can manipulate both room temperature (extreme heat to extreme cold) and humidity. This helps investigate how extreme environments impact human performance, e.g., Firefighters, athletes, rescue, and military personnel.

Physiology Research lab 2

Similar to the first of the two physiology labs in the George building, the octagonal houses hundreds of pieces of equipment, including an altitude (hypoxia) chamber.  

Route to Padarn

It's just a short hop outside the Padarn labs and teaching spaces, where you’ll find the biochemistry, motion analysis, psychology, and motor control labs.

Padarn Biochemistry

In Padarn's biochemistry and prep labs, you’ll have access to all the equipment necessary for collecting and analysing the bodies' ‘chemistry’.  Here, you can collect and analyse everything from hair samples through to blood, muscle tissue, and the body's cell structure.

Psychomotor lab

This is an example of one of our 7 separate psychology and psychomotor control labs. In these. you have access to equipment at your fingertips, including multiple electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrophysiology (ERP), eye tracking, manipulandum’s, graphics tablets, balance boards and even Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and brain simulation. All these will enable you to investigate and further your knowledge of sport and exercise science to a level that will stand you apart when you enter the workplace.

Padarn Motion analysis lab

In the motion analysis lab, you’ll have access to a 12 camera Vicon passive tracking system and an Optotrac active marker tracking system performance. Here you can really get to grips with developing your understanding of human movement to aid in your skill development surrounding performance analysis from the sports, health, and wider high-performance sectors.


In addition to the excellent facilities on the Normal site, just a 5-minute walk between Telford’s famous Menai suspension bridge and Stephenson’s noted and picturesque original railway bridge - Britannia - you’ll have access to Treborth. This houses flood-lit 4G pitches and traditional grass pitches (football, rugby, hockey, even American football) together with a full-size athletics running track. Whilst you can access these facilities for general sport and leisure, you’ll also experience practical classes here where you can put what you learn in the lecture theatre into a real-world setting.

Our Research in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Research and Impact in the School of Psychology and Sport Science

Sports Science Research Excellence:

  • 1st in Wales / 5th in the UK for research in Sport Science; with 100% of research either world leading or at an international level (Research Excellence Framework, 2021)

All our staff are research active and this world-class research informs all our teaching.  We place a strong emphasis on the application of research to practice and you’ll undertake a supervised research experience during your degree. This will help you follow a successful career as a Sport and Exercise professional as being able to identify relevant research questions, and having the skill set to conduct research to answers these questions, is highly valued by employers. Your supervised research experience will help to nurture your skills whilst also allowing you to be mentored (in an area of your choice) by an established researcher, experienced in developing research-based practices that enable leading organisations to stay at the top of their ‘game’ (e.g., UK Sport, NHS, and the MOD). 

We have expertise within the areas of:

  • Psychology of Elite Performance
  • Extreme Environments
  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing

During your degree you’ll showcase the results of your research experience at the Student Conference, which is acknowledged as a hallmark of our degree programmes by both our students and external examiners.  Working with our academic staff and presenting your research in this way will give you highly prized transferable skills such as being organised, effective time management, problem solving, positive interpersonal skills, analytical skills and critical thinking. 

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