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*Subject to revalidation

  • Focus on your chosen sport and exercise specialism
  • Complete a year-long research project of your choice
  • Discuss your research in workshops and seminars

Sport and Exercise at Winchester equips you to develop your expertise in a specific aspect of sport and exercise. It offers bespoke postgraduate provision from a wide range of sport and exercise-focused backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to tailor your programme of study to your own specific areas of interest.

You have the opportunity to focus on physiology, biomechanics, coaching, sociology, strength and conditioning, business, exercise and health, or medicine. You are supported in making this choice, and your specialism is reflected in the title of the degree you are awarded. The programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake a substantial year-long research project of your choice under the guidance of expert staff from the Department of Sport and Exercise.

You study core modules including Research Methods, Research in Practice, Sport and Exercise Industry Skills and Theory and Practice in Sport and Exercise, along with the extended research project. You are also encouraged to actively participate in seminar and workshop sessions and to develop your ability to reflect critically on your own experiences and share these reflections with others. The tutors support you in your enjoyment of autonomous learning, and foster your passion for the subject and the process of learning.


Graduates progress to a wide range of professions, including academia. A particularly strong route is going onto a Doctoral reserach programme (PhD) or obtaining professional qualifications in the sport and exercise sciences  (BASES). Other avenues include coaching, teaching, and working in the sports business industry. 

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.



Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

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A diverse range of teaching methods are employed including seminar and workshop sessions interspersed with more formal lecture-style presentations from teaching staff and guest lecturers. Fostering critical self-reflection, and the ability to share these reflections with others, is central to learning on the programme. It encourages active participation, autonomous learning and passion for the subject and the process of learning. Students draw on their own experiences in a variety of ways throughout the programme.


Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester


A wide variety of assessment types are used. These include written assignments (including essays and case studies); presentations (including oral and poster presentations); portfolios (a flexible combination of assessment types which usually include providing evidence of acquired skills/competencies and critical reflection on personal development); projects; and research proposals. Students also complete a substantial independent research project.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an open evening or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. 

If English is not your first language you require IELTS 6.0 (including 5.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0)1962 827234
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International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2020. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our open evenings.

Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health 30

This module provides a broad overview of the conception, design and implementation of research in sport, exercise and health. The module will explore a range of ontological, epistemological and methodological perspectives relevant to various sport, exercise and health domains by studying and critically evaluating peer-reviewed journal articles. Specific computer-interactive workshops will be implemented using IBM SPSS (statistical analysis package) to enhance students’ understanding of statistical data analysis, while various forms of qualitative data analysis will also be incorporated in the module (e.g., interpretive phenomenological analysis).

Scientific Research Review 30

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth review of current knowledge and understanding in a subject linked to their proposed extended research project. The student, in negotiation with the module leader, will agree a programme of work for the completion of the review. The student will be required to adopt a systematic approach to the review of literature and to be able to comprehensively summarise current understanding in their chosen field.

Extended Research Project 120

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake a substantial independent research project. The module requires the student to plan, design, organise and conduct research drawing upon the research methods and skills that the student has developed in the earlier part of the programme. Consideration of any ethical and risk aspects of the investigation are also important. A secondary purpose of the module is to prepare students to undertake a more substantial research investigation at doctoral level.

The students will work closely with the first and second supervisors to define the aims and objectives of the research and to develop a detailed proposal and plan. The student is responsible for the planning, development and conduct of the research but the supervisors will provide critical advice and guidance on the application of the methods, the interpretation of the data and the communication of the research in the form of a journal article submission and oral presentation.

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,700
Part-time entry | £3,350 p/a

Total Cost | £6,700

International Students

Full-time entry | £13,500
Part-time entry | £6,750 p/a

Total Cost | £13,500

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


Printing and Binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.


Core Text

Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the popularity of some books, there will not be enough copies for every student. It is advised that students seek to purchase their own books - second hand copies are often available. Indicative cost is £350.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
On campus, Winchester