BSc (Hons)

Sport Science and Mathematics

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  • UCAS code(s): CG6C / 350O
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 / 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Elite athletes around the world increasingly rely on sophisticated mathematical data to assess, enhance and improve personal performance and the performance of essential sporting equipment. From the analysis of human movement to the ways in which the body responds to exercise, a thorough understanding of applied mathematical techniques is essential. If you have an interest in mathematics and its application in sport science, then you ‘ll really enjoy exploring this specialist area.

Throughout your course you’ll study in an informal, supportive environment which we believe is one of the reasons that pass rates on this course are so high. A large proportion of mathematics students graduate with at least an upper-second-class degree. Our courses have consistently scored highly in the National Student Survey.

Our Sport Science and Mathematics degree is current and relevant to the needs of business. Our close links with industry mean that, if you wish, you’ll have the opportunity to take up job placements with some of the world’s leading companies.

Research scholarships

Every year we offer a small number of Mathematics Undergraduate Research Scholarships (MURS), giving successful applicants funding for a six-to-eight week placement in one of our research teams. This is a great opportunity for you to further your research interests and contribute to the academic activities of the mathematics department.

More student opportunities

Our students have recently formed a Mathematics Society, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in regular events hosted on campus by the local branch of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. And of course, there are plenty of sporting clubs and societies that you can get involved in too.

What our students say

"My greatest achievement as an NTU student is being able to do so much whilst at university, from both an academic and non-academic point of view. For me this involved passing each year, gaining an industrial placement, and being awarded a sport scholarship.

"I like the fact that everything I need is accessible and on campus. The environment is friendly and the staff are helpful. I have always been well supported throughout my time at NTU."

Stephanie Smith, BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Mathematics

What you'll study

In Years One and Two you’ll study both Sport Science and Mathematics modules. In Year Three, you’ll select either a Mathematics pathway or a Sport Science pathway depending upon your own interests and preferences.

Who will teach me?

Dr James Hind, Lecturer

"I recently won several HESTEM grants to work with the Nottingham Girl's High School on final year maths education projects and to build employability skills into our maths course. Local, national, and global companies have helped us to make sure that our students leave with the skills, abilities, and confidence to excel in the jobs market.

"As a team our research focus includes biological mathematics, statistics, and computational modelling, but we also encompass financial analysis, cryptography, and many other fields."

Dr Reuben O'Dea, Lecturer

"I am currently pursuing research in mathematical modelling of biological tissue growth. Specific research interests include the influence of mechanical stimuli on tissue growth in bioreactors; multiscale aspects of tissue growth; and fluid dynamics. Techniques employed include asymptotic and numerical methods."

Meet the rest of the team

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

  • Year One

    Mathematical Methods

    This module aims to consolidate and extend your previous knowledge of calculus and linear algebra, with emphasis on the underlying intuition of the techniques.

    Data Analysis

    Gain an introduction to important statistical ideas and their application using modern software. You will explore data analysis, probability, statistical inference and statistical modelling.

    Introduction to Numerical Methods

    Learn about important numerical methods for solving mathematical problems and develop computational skills using specialist mathematical software packages.

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module considers the foundations of key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Principles of Biomechanics

    Learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding the motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.

  • Year Two

    Differential Equations and Transform Methods

    Extend your knowledge of calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, and gain an introduction to difference equations, the Eigen problem and transform methods.

    Probability and Statistical Inference

    Refine your knowledge of statistical inference and statistical modelling and further develop essential computational and IT skills.

    Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations

    You will further develop your computational and professional skills and enhance your knowledge of specialist numerical software packages.

    Experimental Biomechanics

    Building on the biomechanical principles studied in Year One, you will develop the skills required to explain measureable human movements and forces using biomechanical theories.

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body’s structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.

    Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation, to address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.

  • Year Three

    Optional placement year

  • Final year

    Sport Science Pathway

    Core modules

    Applied Biomechanics

    This module addresses, in the context of biomechanics, how to improve and / or optimise human performance and understand how it can be affected by or result in dysfunction.

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    The final year project gives you the opportunity to demonstrate and document your skills, knowledge and understanding of sport science, and show your planning, organisation and problem solving abilities.

    Optional modules – choose one of the following modules:

    Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems

    Develop your knowledge of numerical methods with an emphasis on numerical optimisation techniques, advanced methods for the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and the application of methods to non-linear problems.

    Applied Statistics

    Extends your experience of statistical techniques by applying them in a range of contexts. Practical issues are highlighted.

    Stochastic Processes

    Extend your understanding of probabilistic modelling to include stochastic processes and learn advanced techniques for investigating the behaviour of stochastic processes.

    Plus one module from:

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis will be placed on current primary research.

    Environmental Sports Physiology

    This module outlines some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    This module will cover elements such as general principles of exercise testing and prescription, paediatric conditions, geriatric conditions and gender specific conditions.

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    This module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    And one module from:

    Linear Systems

    Continue your studies in linear algebra and differential and difference equations.

    Statistical Modelling

    This module will help you to recognise and understand methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and large, complex datasets.

    Mathematics Pathway

    Core modules

    Project in Mathematics

    The final year project gives you the opportunity to demonstrate and document your skills, knowledge and understanding of mathematics, and show your planning, organisation and problem solving abilities.

    Applied Biomechanics

    This module addresses, in the context of biomechanics, how to improve and / or optimise human performance and understand how it can be affected by or result in dysfunction.

    Optional modules – choose two of the following modules:

    Applied Statistics

    Extends your experience of statistical techniques by applying them in a range of contexts. Practical issues are highlighted

    Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems

    Develop your knowledge of numerical methods with an emphasis on numerical optimisation techniques, advanced methods for the numerical solution of ordinary differential equations and the application of methods to non-linear problems.

    Stochastic Processes

    Extend your understanding of probabilistic modelling to include stochastic processes and learn advanced techniques for investigating the behaviour of stochastic processes.

    Plus one from the following:

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport. The emphasis will be placed on current primary research.

    Environmental Sports Physiology

    This module outlines some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    This module will cover elements such as general principles of exercise testing and prescription, paediatric conditions, geriatric conditions and gender specific conditions.

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    This module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    and one module from:

    Linear Systems

    Continue your studies in linear algebra and differential and difference equations.

    Statistical Modelling

    This module will help you to recognise and understand methods of analysis for medical and financial data, including the analysis of survival data and large, complex datasets.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You’ll spend between 14 and 16 hours every week in lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and workshops. This includes up to four surgery sessions where you’ll meet with your lecturer in small groups to discuss any problems or work through challenging topics. The rest of your time will be spent carrying out independent study, such as reading textbooks and lecture notes, and working on exercises.

How will I be assessed?

We want you to graduate with a range of transferable skills, so all of the Mathematics modules have two or three assessment components that help you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways. As well as traditional exams and in-class tests, you’ll complete assignments, group projects and give presentations. In your final year, you’ll also complete your final project with the support of your personal tutor.

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (33%) and written (67%)

Year 2 - coursework (44%) and written (56%)

Year 3 - coursework (55%), written (42%), and practical (3%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 -lectures/seminars/workshops (32%) and independent study (68%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (32%) and independent study (68%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (23%) and independent study (77%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

This course will enable you to develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers. Recent graduates have achieved the following company roles:

  • NHS – respiratory physiologist
  • Northampton Saints Rugby Club – assistant performance analyst
  • Derby College – lecturer in biology and health nutrition
  • Manchester City Football Club – academy performance analyst
  • Excel Sport Coaching – head coach
  • Sports Xtra – regional manager
  • International Football Association – football coach
  • West Bromwich Albion – academy match analyst
  • David Lloyd – sales and marketing consultant
  • Derby County Football Club – performance analyst
  • Stoke City Football Club – Stoke City football community programme worker
  • Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – junior sport science intern.

Their salaries range from £16,000 – £30,000 per year.

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Excellent placement opportunities

As well as the work placement option, you’ll undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading organisations and agencies during this course.

Currently over 30 sport and leisure organisations support this course, providing you with invaluable industry experience including:

  • British Olympic Association
  • Catepillar
  • England Hockey
  • E. ON
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Derby Rugby Club
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Science.

You’ll be actively encouraged and supported by our dedicated placement team who’ll help you find and apply for positions that are right for you. They’ll also provide support while you’re in your place or work, whether that’s home or abroad.

You’ll be assessed throughout the year and at the end of your placement you’ll write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you’ll be eligible to receive an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade B); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM including relevant mathematics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics grade B); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM including relevant mathematics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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