This highly specific and scientific sport and exercise programme uniquely focuses on the disciplines of sport and exercise psychology, sport and exercise physiology, sport and exercise biomechanics, and research methods. You are provided with the knowledge base to critically evaluate and engage with contemporary research related to sports performance and exercise participation. In addition, you develop the necessary skills to actively initiate and conduct scientific projects linked to individuals, teams and agencies from across the wider spectrum of sport and exercise. This course comprises four key strands: Sport and Exercise Psychology strand: The aim of the psychological strand is to enable you to make an informed assessment of those psychological factors that are thought to influence an individual’s involvement and performance in sport and exercise. You examine ways in which psychological constructs influence sporting and exercise involvement and behaviour. Sport and Exercise Physiology strand: This strand gives you an understanding of the physiology underpinning exercise and sports performance. In essence, it examines the underlying physiological adaptations that occur during sport and addresses issues pertinent to today’s competitive athlete. Consequently, the strand specifically addresses whole-body system integration, looking at factors such as metabolism, trainability and adaptation, as well as hormonal and cardiorespiratory responses. Sports and Exercise Biomechanics strand: This strand centres on the mechanical analysis of human movement with a focus on reducing injuries and improving performance within both competitive sporting and recreational exercise settings. The strand incorporates mechanical principles of motion, kinematic and kinetic concepts, anatomical knowledge and a range of quantitative measurement techniques that allow for a greater understanding of the muscular, joint and skeletal actions of the body during the execution of a given task, skill or technique. Research Methods strand: This strand seeks to develop a familiarity with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sporting and exercise contexts. The acquisition of such skills not only underpins learning from coursework in other strands, but is also a prerequisite for completing the dissertation. The dissertation itself is designed to provide an opportunity to study an area that you are most interested in. You are supervised throughout this process but are expected to take increasing responsibility for the development of this piece of work.