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Sports Science

Sports Science is the study of physiology, psychology, biomechanics, nutrition and strength and conditioning to maximise performance, improve health and reduce the risk of injuries in sport and exercise. 

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Why study Sports Science at Heriot-Watt?

Our Sports Science degrees aim to maximise your employability by gaining hands-on experience alongside teaching. This includes placement opportunities with our sporting partners and the opportunity to gain professional qualifications within your course modules.

Our course structure is flexible in design, which means you can tailor your learning according to your specific interests and career aspirations. What's more, our degrees are registered with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, the professional body for sport and exercise science in the UK.

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Our facilities

Our campus is home to Oriam - Scotland's Sports Performance Centre which forms part of our £33 million sport estate. This includes a physiotherapy suite, a rehabilitation centre with hydrotherapy pool, human performance laboratories and a strength and conditioning gym.

We have a FIFA-accredited indoor synthetic 3G pitch, the largest of its type in Europe with a 28 meter high roof. As well as a synthetic outdoor pitch, five grass pitches and two grass rugby pitches. Indoors we host a twelve court sports hall, a four court sports hall, two sport studios and eight squash courts open to all levels of sport and ability.

The Heriot-Watt experience

Be Career Ready

Explore the different career pathways a degree in Sports Science can take you.

Undergraduate Sports Science programmes

Professor Leigh Robinson
"You'll learn about all aspects of sport and exercise science and focus on understanding how you can improve performance. The course includes industry qualifications and work experience, so you will be 'work ready' before you graduate."
Professor Leigh Robinson,
Consultant for Sports Education


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Sports Union

The Sports Union is the student-focused organisation that provides a sport and exercise community for students. We have over 30 sports clubs you can join ranging from Aikido to Ultimate Frisbee

Employability and careers

Heriot-Watt produces more CEOs than any other university in Scotland, and 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation.

Sport facilities

Oriam, Scotland Sports Performance Centre offers state-of-the-art sports facilities, for all levels of sport and ability

Sport Scholarships Programme

Our scholarships operate on a top up basis, acting as a fully inclusive method to ensure each individual can reach their full potential in their chosen sport while simultaneously reaching their full academic potential studying at Heriot-Watt University.

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Exchange programme

If you're studying at any of our UK campuses, you can transfer to Dubai or Malaysia for a semester, a year or longer through our Go Global programme. We also offer European and international study exchange destinations.

Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Health and wellbeing

Student Wellbeing Services aim to provide a range of support, guidance, activities and advice to help students to be their best, and get the most from their university experience. From counselling to coaching we'll sure you are fully supported.

Clubs and activities

At Heriot-Watt we have an extensive programme of over 90 sports clubs and societies to get involved in. You can try as many as you like or start one of your own!

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