Are you a sport and exercise enthusiast with a brain for applied science? Do you have great interpersonal skills that enable you to effectively communicate with others? If so, our sports science degree or nutrition and exercise degree could be the perfect course for you. From strength and conditioning to performance analysis, learn more about studying a sports science degree at Salford.

Sports Science Degree Clearing

Our sports science degree Clearing courses aim to develop your skills in analysing and evaluating the performance of sportspeople at all levels, from the recreational exerciser to the elite athlete. Offering modules that cover both traditional and contemporary sports science disciplines, you’ll learn how to assess the fitness and performance needs of clients in order to design an appropriate exercise programme.

Whichever pathway you choose, you will learn in state-of-the-art facilities. Our human performance laboratory is one of the best in the country, containing almost every type of physiological, performance analysis and biomechanical testing equipment – including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion capture systems, blood and gas analysis tools and speed guns.

Our strength and conditioning suite boasts dedicated PowerLift platforms for both students and athletes to learn advanced training techniques, as well as a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer to assess muscle function and asymmetries. And it doesn’t end there. We also have an exercise and physiology laboratory – home to gas analysis systems, bloody analysers and isokinetic testing conditions – and three gait labs that are used to conduct ground-breaking research by the Centre for Health and Sciences Research.

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Science degree is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). This course also achieved a 94% overall student satisfaction rate in 2020 [University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data].

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Sports Science Clearing Places

Our choice of pathways allows you to specialise in your chosen area of study, and ensures the best preparation for a range of career choices. We currently offer the following sports science undergraduate degrees:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Strength and Conditioning)

On this pathway, you will study the Advanced Strength and Conditioning module, designed to provide you with an extensive understanding of the principles governing the training of elite athletes. Along with a specific work placement opportunity in a strength and conditioning setting, this module will allow you to develop competencies that are closely aligned to the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and permits progression to individual accreditation after graduation.

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science (Performance Analysis)

On this pathway, you will study the Advanced Performance Analysis module, designed to provide you with the theoretical background of biomechanics and performance analysis. You will apply these concepts to the analysis of sports performance using both qualitative and quantitative methods. In turn, you will develop the knowledge and expertise needed to actively practice the discipline of Performance Analysis within an elite setting.


Rob’s Story

Rob Simpson gained a BSc in Sports Science and an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford, before landing his dream job as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at professional rugby club, Sale Sharks. Watch the video to hear Rob’s story.

BSc (Hons) Sports Science and MSc Strength and Conditioning

Nutrition and Exercise Degree Clearing

Do you have a passion for exercise and activity? Are you interested in working with people from all kinds of backgrounds? If so, our BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine degree is for you. This course – the first one in the UK of its kind – focuses on helping individuals lead healthier lifestyles through the use of nutrition and exercise.

With current statistics showing that 29% of adults in the UK are classified as obese, there’s never been a more important time to consider studying for an exercise and nutrition undergraduate degree. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns have hugely impacted peoples’ metabolic and mental health, meaning that the adoption of regular physical activity and a well-balanced diet is crucial for remaining fit and well.

In order to help people improve their health and fitness, you will undertake learning in the following areas:

  • Physiological systems
  • Behavioural changes
  • Exercise instruction
  • Nutrition and dietary analysis
  • Exercise prescription (particularly for special population groups)
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Eating behaviour

As part of your exercise and nutrition Clearing course, you’ll get the opportunity to complete vocational awards in areas including gym instruction and personal training – at no additional cost. You’ll also be given the chance to apply the skills you’ve learnt in a variety of settings, from workplaces to schools and clinics.

“I completed my placement at Salford Royal’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Department. I experienced the entire process – from referral to discharge – working with nurses, senior cardiologists and dieticians. This placement provided me with so many invaluable opportunities for my personal and professional development.” Daniel, BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Exercise as Medicine.

There are a wide range of career opportunities available to graduates on this course, in areas as diverse as exercise referral, community food work, personal training, health-based intervention design and even postgraduate research and teaching. Recent graduates of this exercise and nutrition degree have gone on to work for a range of well-established organisations, including Salford Community Leisure, Manchester Primary Care Trust, Fitness First and BUPA Wellness.

Ben’s Story

After graduating from our nutrition and exercise degree, Ben Andrews went on to found Empower You – an organisation that works with communities to support disabled people to lead active lives. We spoke to Ben about his time at university, how he was supported to realise his ambitions, and what his work with Empower You involves. Watch the video to learn more.

Ben Andrews

Contact us

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If you have a question about studying one of our sports science courses, contact our friendly team today on 0161 295 4545.