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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 should bring your completed workbook to the first meeting you will have with your Personal Tutor who will advise you how it will be used and why it is important.

Suggested reading

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.

Suggested materials

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.

Useful websites

For sports related jobs:

For ideas on what else you can do whilst at university:

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:

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.

Research task
Watch the webinar or read a blog
Listen to a podcast

Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.

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Find out more about who you are

The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

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