Studying Sports Science at Salford

Sprint analysis training using timing gates

So you’ve applied to study Sports Science, we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 

We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us.

Why should you study Sports Science at the University of Salford?


We have strong links with elite sports organisations including Sale Sharks, Salford Red Devils and Manchester Storm. This will provide you with exceptional placement and work experience opportunities.


Our course is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).


You will study in state-of-the-art facilities, including our Human Performance Lab and Strength and Conditioning Suite.

Our Facilities

Strength and Conditioning Suite

The Strength and Conditioning Suite boasts the following equipment: 

  • 10 dedicated PowerLift lifting platforms for both students and athletes alike to learn advanced training techniques.
  • Biodex isokinetic dynamometer to assess muscle function/asymmetries.
  • FT700 Power Cage with integrated force platform and linear position transducer to assess force and power output during a variety of athletic performances, plus a portable isometric mid-thigh pull station.

Human Performance Lab

Our world-class human performance laboratory contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment. This includes:

  • A 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms.
  • Motion cameras.
  • Blood and gas analysis equipment.
  • Speed guns. 

We also have a separate physiological testing laboratory and fully equipped strength and conditioning suite, which includes and isokinetic dynamometer and portable force platforms.

Exercise and Physiology Lab

We have extensive equipment in our Exercise and Physiology Laboratory including:

  • Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by-breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests.
  • A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling.
  • An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration.
  • A range of field-based Lactate Pro analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships.

Gait Labs

The University is home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct ground-breaking research that underpins your learning.

Did you know?

In last year's National Student Survey, the quality of teaching on the Sports Science course received a satisfaction score of 100% (NSS 2022).

"The sports science course has taught me the importance of understanding an athlete and their needs. I now approach my coaching practice in a different way, realising that I may need to alter my coaching practice with certain athletes. I am excited about starting my dissertation project in my final year, particularly because I have been allowed to choose a research project in an area I enjoy." 

Student Support Services

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times when you need a little extra support. Whether you need support with mental health and counsellingliving costs, accommodation or just want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing Team, we are here to help. Find out more about all of the student services we offer here.


What connections to the sports industry do you have?

Manchester has the greatest density of professional sports teams in the country. We are lucky enough to have links with a number of them! Students currently enjoy placements and work experience locally at Sale Sharks, Salford Red Devils, Oldham FC and Wigan Warriors amongst many others. We also have placements further afield at Southampton FC and with Major League Baseball in the USA! The many partnerships help you to get a foot in the door for your chosen career whilst you are still studying, building your CV and networking contacts for when you leave university. We also support work in amateur sport and placements in teaching for those who wish to pursue a PGCE following their BSc degree.  There are also lots of opportunities for volunteering and assisting with research.

What career paths are available to students after they graduate with a BSc Sports Science?

Graduate destinations for BSc Sports Science include Strength and Conditioning coaching (e.g. Salford City FC, Lancashire CCC), Performance Analysis (scouting and recruitment or match day analysts), Fitness and Nutrition coaching, Sports Science Coordinator roles and lecturing in sports science. Some of our graduates also go onto further study with MSc degree programmes or PGCE courses for teaching.

Offer Holder Days: Experience Life at Salford

If you haven't already, make sure you secure a place at one of our upcoming Offer Holder Days. On a visit day, you will have the opportunity to experience life as a Salford student on your chosen course - you'll meet your teaching team, hear from current students and connect with other applicants.

Offer holder hub

Go back on our Offer Holder Hub and find out more about accommodation, finance, and wellbeing and support.