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School of Applied Social Sciences

BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Studying sport, exercise and physical activity involves engaging with contemporary issues and subjects ranging from the development of elite athletes to encouraging participation amongst young people for the first time. The rare capacity of sport to touch our lives means that it is used positively to address issues such as obesity, crime and community development, while also reflecting societal problems such as drug abuse and inequality.

Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity graduates are well positioned for entry into a constantly developing range of sport-related professions and industries. Graduate employers across a variety of other sectors also highly value the range of skills and expertise that comes from the wide-ranging study of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity.

In studying BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity at Durham, our degree programme will help you to apply conceptual and research-based knowledge of the social and natural sciences to the specific context of sport and exercise. Our contemporary and dynamic programme of study includes 6 key pathways:

  • the sociology of sport;
  • sports development and policy;
  • health and physical activity;
  • sport and exercise psychology;
  • sport and exercise physiology; and
  • research methods.

We offer a challenging and rewarding learning experience through our ethos of research-led teaching in a highly supportive and friendly learning environment. Overall, 98% of our graduates indicated that they were satisfied with the quality of their course in the 2015 National Student Survey.

UCAS CodeCourse nameTypeYear A-levels
C603 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity BA 2016 AAB
UCAS CodeCourse nameTypeYear A-levels
C603 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity BA 2017 AAB
European Union
Information for current and prospective applicants can be found here.
Year Abroad

We offer an opportunity to students admitted to the BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity (C603) to apply to transfer to a Year Abroad Programme (C605). This four year programme allows students to undertake an approved study placement for one year in an overseas university. Previous students on this course have chosen to study in North America, Canada, and New Zealand.

For information on our purpose-built
Human Performance Laboratory
please click here.

At Durham we are committed to ensuring that we provide the very best teaching, learning and research facilities to support our students throughout their studies. The City of Durham is your ‘campus’, part of which is Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site! You will be taught in a range of different learning environments across Durham, all of which are easily accessible on foot.

The University has a continual programme of improvements and annually invests millions of pounds in staff, students and facilities to make sure that you have access to high quality lecture theatres, seminar rooms and subject specific facilities such as dedicated libraries and laboratories.

Durham is a collegiate university, so as well as being a member of an academic department, you are also a member of a college. On your application you will need to specify the college you would like to be a member of - this is done by entering the relevant campus code. You can find further information about the colleges here. Your choice of college does not affect whether you are made an offer for our degree programmes.