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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MSci, BSc Sports and Exercise Sciences (Integrated Masters)

Programme code:MSBS-SP&EXSUCAS code:C609
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sarah Astill Contact address:S.L.Astill@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

Entry requirements:

- A-level: AAA
- Including a science subject OR both Psychology and Sports Science/PE in place of a science at A2. Critical Thinking and General Studies excluded.
- We accept the following science subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics.
- Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
- GCSE: Grade B or above at GCSE Maths and Grade C or above at GCSE English.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Faculty of Biological Sciences Undergraduate School

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Biosciences benchmark, adapted to be appropriate to Sport and Exercise Sciences programmes, incorporating elements of the benchmark for Hospitality, Sport, Leisure and Tourism.

The three year BSc programmes upon which the Integrated Masters are built meet the QAA Benchmarks and meet the QAA expectations for integrated masters’ programmes.

There are no specified QAA Benchmarks for Integrated Masters degrees in Bioscience, however the principle of such programmes in other subject areas is to ensure coverage of Honours level Benchmark requirements plus ensure that the higher Masters levels objectives are met.

Programme specification:

The MSci, BSc Sports & Exercise Science programme is distinctive because it develops an excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in the programme area together with an exceptional experience of advanced research delivered through an integrated research project.

The Sport and Exercise programme provides understanding of how the body and mind cope with, handle and learn from the stresses of performance in sport and exercise. It provides the framework for understanding elite performance as well as the relationship between exercise and health from a mechanical, control, psychological and physiological perspective.

The two programmes MSci, BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences (SES) and MSci, BSc Sport Science and Physiology (SSP) are delivered concurrently at level 1. At level 2 the distinctiveness between the programmes is initiated with all SSP students taking 20 credits of exercise physiology (SPSC 2302) and 10 credits of biochemistry (SPSC2203). At level 2 SES students do not take the biochemistry module, rather they maintain breadth across all of the sport and exercise sub disciplines. At level 3 SES students select from the range of sport and exercise science modules, a research project and literature review topic from any of the sub disciplines can be selected. At level 5 SES students will take a 90 credit extended research project in any of the sub disciplines. An SES student is not constrained to any particular sub discipline.

The most important values which inform the MSci, BSc Sports & Exercise Science programme are to provide excellent students with the opportunity to gain substantial research training and experience through engagement with an individual research project conducted as part of a research team in an internationally recognised research laboratory.

The academic content of the MSci, BSc Sports & Exercise Science programme concentrates on developing an understanding of research through the delivery and active engagement in taught components, practical skills development, data analysis and problem solving elements culminating in a major research project supported by further research and transferable skills training and career planning opportunities.

The most important intellectual skills developed in the programme are appreciation of the fundamental underpinning principles of the subject area leading through to the current state of the field informed by the research-based ethos of teaching and investigation.

The most useful practical skills, techniques and capabilities developed will be those underpinning the subject specific nature of the programme area, together with advanced level research skills expected of early stage PhD students.

Competency will be developed in a broad range of topics associated with the specialist subject area, combined with competency in research methodology, the development of hypothesis driven research, the approach to the analysis of data and ability to solve problems, appropriate practical skills in the design and execution of suitable experiments, the production of publication quality outputs and the ability to communicate effectively.

The most important ways in which a student will learn are dependent upon the level of the students as they progress through the course. Initially delivery will be more research-informed teaching in lecture and seminar/tutorial and practical class settings leading to more independent research-based learning through lectures and independent study, small class teaching and project team or individual mentoring. Students will progress from the development of research-based practical skills in teaching labs to the design and execution of independent research work.

On completing the MSci, BSc Sports & Exercise Science programme we want students to know and understand their programme specialist subject from basic principles through to cutting edge research, and to appreciate the process of research and to be able to demonstr ate implementation of these principles.

On completing the MSci, BSc Sports & Exercise Science programme we want students to be able to compete worldwide with other students for high quality research opportunities within appropriate industries or for PhD positions to pursue research careers.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

FOBS1125Introduction to Physiology20 creditsSemester 1
SPSC1031Motor Control: Foundations of Control and Learning10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC1107Functional Anatomy for Sports Scientists10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC1211Tutorial and Practical Skills in Sport and Exercise Science20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC1213Fundamentals of Mathematics10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC1216Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC1218Introduction to Biomechanics10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC1223The Physiology of Exercise Testing and Performance10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC1224Exercise Bioenergetics10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of optional modules.

BMSC1210Biology of the Mind10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC1225Physical Activity Across the Lifespan10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select up to 10 credits of discovery modules.

- Students must ensure they check that the Discovery modules they select fit into their timetables for both semesters.
- Student should note that they are not permitted to select PSYC1613 as it is mutually exclusive with core module SPSC1216.
- Students may also select other discovery modules and the following is a list of suggested Discovery modules taken in the past by our students:


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPSC2218Professional and Research Skills: Working as a Sport and Exercise Scientist20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC2304Mechanics of Sport and Exercise 220 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC2309Skill Acquisition, Motor Learning and Rehabilitation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC2315Social and Applied Psychology of Sport and Exercise20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC2321Exercise Physiology: Pushing the Physiological Limitations to Performance20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

- Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 credits from the following optional modules. Modules not coded SPSC must be checked to ensure that you have the required pre-requisites and that they fit into your timetable.
- Candidates may only select a maximum of 20 credits that are not level 2 modules (ie LEED1XXX) Candidates who choose one of these modules should be aware of the implications for completing their degree and on their classification average.


Remember that your credits must be balanced evenly (60/60) with a maximum of 70 credits in one semester being permitted.

BIOL2223Employment, Career planning and Professional Development for Life Scientists10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience10 creditsSemester 1
FOBS2240Skills in Communicating Research beyond the University10 creditsSemester 2
FOOD2160Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FOOD2165Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease10 creditsSemester 2
LEED1201Supporting the Injured Athlete10 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
LEED1300Skills in Sports & Outdoor Activities - Theory & Practice10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2009Teaching and Coaching Young People10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2031Outdoor Adventure and Team Building10 creditsSemester 2
LEED2060Sports Development and Management10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
LEED2070Introduction to Strength and Conditioning10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2131Emerging Leaders10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
LEED2300Graduate Skills for Professional Development20 creditsNot running in 201920
SPSC2240Human Motor Development10 creditsSemester 1

- Students who choose to study 20 credits of LEED modules must be aware that they are required to pass 100 credits of Level 2 modules in order to progress to Level 3.
- Leed modules coded LEED1XXX do not count as Level 2 modules.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may select 10 credits of discovery modules.

Remember some Discovery modules will have pre-requisites that you need to ensure you have completed in order to take them. If you don't you may find you are removed from the module during the checking phase in the summer and are left with little or no choice at that point.

If you chose to take an discovery module it will be in lieu of a module from Optional modules group above. To select an discovery you must complete the Discovery Module Approval Form and have your choice approved by the programme leader. Failure to have your discovery approved may result in it being removed from your record during the checking process in the summer.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will be required to study 120 credits

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPSC3301Inter-disciplinary Issues in Sport and Exercise Science20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC3389Research Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

GROUP A

Candidates must study a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 60 credits from the following optional modules:

SPSC3125Motor Control and Neurorehabilitation10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC3315Movement Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC3316Mechanics of Sport and Performance10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC3318Exercise and Psychological Health10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC3321Advanced Exercise Physiology10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC3326Exercise Prescription for Health and Disease10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC3328Sport Medicine, Health and Nutrition10 creditsSemester 2
SPSC3329Motor and Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation10 creditsSemester 2

GROUP B
Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 20 credits from the following optional modules.

Candidates who choose one of these modules should be aware of the implications for completing their degree and on their classification average.
Modules not coded SPSC must be checked to ensure that you have the required pre-requisites and that they fit into your timetable.

Candidates may only select one LEED coded module.

BMSC3138Cellular Cardiology10 creditsSemester 1
BMSC3139Systems Neurophysiology10 creditsSemester 1
FOOD3071Diet and Cardiovascular Health10 creditsSemester 2
LEED2009Teaching and Coaching Young People10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2031Outdoor Adventure and Team Building10 creditsSemester 2
LEED2050Event Management10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2060Sports Development and Management10 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
LEED2070Introduction to Strength and Conditioning10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED2300Graduate Skills for Professional Development20 creditsNot running in 201920
LEED3001Research Development Project10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LEED3002Outdoor Adventure-Land, Water and Air Activities10 creditsSemester 1
SPSC2240Human Motor Development10 creditsSemester 1


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SPSC5314MPersonal Development and Employability for Sport and Exercise Scientists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SPSC5382MExtended Research Project90 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Last updated: 07/05/2019

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