Studying Sports Science at Salford

Sports Science student

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 here.

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


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


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


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, including a 30-metre sprint track with inbuilt force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and 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.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Exercise and Physiology Laboratory

We also 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. We also have 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 also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct ground-breaking research by the Centre for Health Sciences Research that underpins your learning.

Did you know?

This course has received positive feedback from students and graduates. In last year's National Student Survey (2020), this course received an overall satisfaction score of 94% (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS data).


"The 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."


Health Sciences: Placements

What connections to 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 from BSc Sports Science?

Graduate destinations for BSc Sports Science include MSc degree programmes, PGCE courses for teaching, Strength and Conditioning coaches (e.g. Salford City FC, Lancs CCC), Performance Analysts (scouting and recruitment or match day analysts), Fitness and Nutrition coach, Sports Science Coordinator roles and lecturing in sports science.

Experience Life at Salford

If you haven't already, make sure you secure a place at one of our upcoming Applicant Visit 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.



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