MSci Sport and Exercise Science course preparation
To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:
Your pre-entry workbook
An important part of preparing to study on the MSci Sport and Exercise Science programme is the completion of a pre-entry workbook before Induction Week. As part of the workbook you will understand the importance of BASES as the Professional Statutory Regulatory Body (PSRB) for your degree programme, and learn how this will inform your studies during your first year. You will also find tasks to complete which relate to each module you will study during your first year and have an opportunity to write down any questions you have. These will then be addressed during your induction week.
You’ll find out more about Induction Week later this summer.
You’ll be given more information about which textbooks to read when you begin your studies in September. You’ll also be introduced to the University Catalyst, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access. In the meantime, please find a list of textbooks below which will help you to prepare for your Year One modules:
- GRIMSHAW, P., COLE, M., FOWLER, N., and BURDEN, A., 2019. Instant Notes in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics. 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.
- KENNEY, W.L., WILMORE, J., and COSTILL, D., 2021. Physiology of Sport and Exercise. 8th edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
- O’DONOGHUE, P., 2012. Statistics for Sport and Exercise Studies: An Introduction. London: Routledge.
- WEINBERG, R.S. & GOULD, D., 2019. Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 7th Edition. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
Any Study Skills books preparing you for work at university level will be useful.
Although you’re welcome to bring your own personal playing equipment, all standard teaching and sports materials will be provided.
Appropriate kit will need to be worn for the course. You’re recommended to invest in a good pair of training/running shoes for indoor and outdoor use.
You may have an opportunity to purchase programme specific clothing on your arrival at university. Details will be provided during Induction Week. In the meantime, you’ll need to bring a plain t-shirt/polo shirt and shorts or tracksuit bottoms as kit must be worn for all practical/laboratory sessions.
For sports related jobs:
For ideas on what else you can do whilst at university:
- If you want to join a sports team at University visit the website here
- Spend the summer as a sports coach in the USA
- Find out more about completing a sandwich year
Catch-up on the latest sports news
It is important to keep up to date with what is going on in the sports industry. Try to think more broadly than simply sports results:
- Check announcements from The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- BBC Sport
Things to do over summer
Here are some activities that you can be doing during the next few weeks to prepare you for the start of the course:
- Keep up-to-date with current sporting events and/or issues within the context of sport and exercise science
- Work on theoretical areas where you feel you lack knowledge
- Get fit for practical participation, if you are not already.
Use the drop down boxes for more summer activities.
Check out the government’s current physical activity guidelines for children and adults and look at the Physical Wellbeing pages of Sport England.
See if you meet the recommended guidelines – then research the health benefits (both physical and mental) associated with meeting such guidelines.
Search for something that interests you. This might be a day in the life of a Sports Scientist, intermittent fasting and nutrition, or the benefits of PNF stretching – there is lots to explore!
Listen to a Sport and Exercise Science related podcast We would recommend The Real Science of Sport Podcast by Professor Ross Tucker
Additional ways to prepare
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