Sport Studies (Joint Honours)
This programme provides students with an integrated programme aimed at understanding and evaluating sport in its many forms. Students can select modules that meet their interests and there are opportunities to attain professional qualifications outside of the taught degree programme.
A strong emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practical issues such as participation, performance, skill acquisition and coaching.
The majority of Sport Studies staff hold PhDs and are active in research or consultancy in their specialist fields, including sport development, physiology, exercise psychology and biomechanics.
Modes of study
Three years full-time or flexible part-time.
Entry requirements are standard. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points. A typical offer would be around 260-300 UCAS tariff points for qualifications included in the UCAS Tariff. In addition, applicants are expected to have studied a Physical Education, Sports Science or an related science subject in an A-level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification.
Joint honours subject combinations are listed on our joint honours table.
The modular curriculum allows study of all key disciplines in sport studies. Practical experience is gained through laboratory and field-research. We also offer purpose-built sport and exercise science laboratories. There are opportunities to attain various professional qualifications outside of the taught degree programme.
The course has been designed to provide students with an integrated programme aimed at understanding and evaluating sport in its many forms. The broad curriculum includes professional studies, sport and leisure management, sport sociology, sport and exercise psychology, sports development and exercise physiology. This structure lends itself particularly well to the Joint Honours programme where students can develop their areas of interest by appropriate selection of module combinations. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practical issues such as participation, performance, skill acquisition and coaching. The course provides a progressive programme of study.
Stage one students are introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of sport. Key themes include the socio-historical development of sport, the development of sport organisations, professional studies in sport and exercise, skill acquisition and performance enhancement.
Stage two develops students application and analysis skills through focusing on applied research in topics such as skill acquisition, sport participation and performance.
Stage three allows students to develop their specialist interest within the area of sport studies.
Special course features
- This flexible programme covers field and laboratory research.
- Students have the opportunity to explore two topics that are of most interest to them.
- A high proportion of staff hold PhDs and are active in research and consultancy in fields including sport, sociology, sport development, sport psychology, exercise psychology, physiology and biomechanics.
- Applied sport psychology
- Event management
- Sport and leisure management
- Psychology of exercise and health
- Sport biomechanics
- Sports development
- The social context of sport
- Motor learning and skill instruction
Students are assessed via coursework and examinations.
The course provides students with a wide range of academic and applied skills that can be used as a basis for postgraduate study, or employment in sport and leisure management, education and coaching.
Joint Honours combination details are available in our Joint Honours subject combination table.
For undergraduate application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees quoted are for home and EU students commencing their course in the academic year 2013/14. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course. The fees are subject to annual increases in subsequent academic years.
Full time fees
Scholarships and bursaries
Full time students taking this course may be eligible for the University of Northampton Bursary 2013/14.
The following scholarships may be applicable:
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.
For further help for international students please see our international students pages.