FMHS Sport Science
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The Department of Sport Science offers a range of different educational programmes, which are listed below:

Undergraduate programmes

Both the BA and BSc are three year full-time programmes that study “man in motion” from a physiological, biomechanical, psychological, philosophical, social and economic perspective. The programme includes a theoretical and practical component. The theoretical component includes modules such as: Biomechanics, Motor
Learning, Sports Injuries, Sport Physiology, Sport Psychology, Sport History, Peak Performance and Adapted Movement programmes. The practical component offers you a wide experience of human movement and the development of your coaching skills, for example, swimming, athletics, hockey, netball, rugby, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, dance and indigenous games.
Due to the popularity of these courses and their annual high enrolment, both are selection programmes. Applications close 30 June.

Documents may be downloaded from

Contact: Carien Uys –

BA in Sport Science

There are four options, i.e. Sport Science with Geography & Environmental Studies, Sport Science with Psychology, Sport Science with English Studies or Sport Science with Afrikaans / Nederlands.

Admission requirements are based on the National Senior Certificate. For admission requirements based on the Matriculation Certificate of 2007 or
before consult

• Afrikaans 4 OR English 4 (50%)
• Mathematics 3 (40%) OR Mathematical Literacy 6 (70%)
• Physical Sciences 3 (40%) OR Life Sciences 4 (50%)
• Any other designated university admission subject 4 (50%)
• The Grade 11/Grade 12 aggregate must be at least 60% - excluding Life Orientation.

Contact: Winifred Fourie –

BSc in Sport Science

Students follow the generic BSc course (Curriculum 1) in their first year, where after the emphasis shift to Sport Science and Physiology subjects from the second year.

Admission requirements are based on the National Senior Certificate (from 2008). For admission requirements based on the Matriculation Certificate

• Afrikaans 4 OR English 4 (50%)
• Physical Sciences 4 (50%)
• Mathematics 5 (60%)
• Any other designated university admission subject 4 (50%)
• The Grade 11/Grade 12 aggregate must be at least 65% - excluding Life Orientation

Contact: Bevin Abels – or
Aatika Valentyn –

Honours programmes

Honours in Biokinetics

Biokinetics involves the science of movement and the use of exercise as a  rehabilitation  strategy  and  treatment.  A Biokineticists is a clinical exercise specialist who is recognised and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa*. The BSc honours degree in Biokinetics undertakes to develop dynamic exercise rehabilitation professionals, with an inquiring mind for scientific exercise interventions. Biokineticist are concerned with health promotion, maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation through scientifically based exercise prescription. Consequently, Biokineticist deliver services to healthy, chronic and orthopaedic populations. Biokineticist prescribe exercise as preventive health measures or to correct health-related problems. After a detailed assessment, the Biokineticist designs an individual exercise programme to improve the injury, well-being and/or the health of the person in question.

When students have completed their degree, they will be able to:

  • Making use of scientific methods and instruments to evaluate the physical condition of a patient by determining body composition, posture and postural control, physical work capacity, musculoskeletal  function, mobility, flexibility, muscular endurance and strength, as well as functional ergonomically  assessment.
  • Identify exercise and disease risk.
  • Design and prescribe safe physical activities or rehabilitation exercise programme/s for preventive health issues or recovery of health problems, sports and orthopaedic injuries and chronic diseases.
  • Monitor physiological  responses  before,  during and after exercise such as blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol and heart rate.
  • Use of specialised equipment including electrocardiography, spirometry, isokinetic systems etc.

* Note: Professional registration is a requirement to be able to practice.

Honours in Kinderkinetics 

Kinderkinetics aims to develop children from 0 to 13 years old holistically by stimulating, remedying and promoting specific gross motor skills and physical development. The main focus of Kinderkinetics is to evaluate gross motor skills with scientific test batteries. After a child’s gross motor skills are evaluated and their skill level is determined, an individualised programme is developed to enhance his or her motor skills. Sessions strive to incorporate the fun factor creative and colourful equipment along with imaginative themes.

Outcomes for Kinderkinetics:

  • Demonstrate and interpret the knowledge of gross motor development in a practical environment.
  • Understand the development of gross motor skills and its functional constraints as well as perceptual- and sensory-motor development of children.

At the end of the practical and theoretical modules, the student will be able to:

  • Work with children of different ages and be able to apply the theoretical knowledge in a practical manner.
  • Evaluate a child with a scientific test battery and design according to the child’s needs.
  • Gain practical experience in a variety of settings such as: schools, institutions, communities, Virgin Active, Department of Sport Science and Stellenbosch University’s Kinderkinetics practice.

Note: Professional registration with SAPIK (South African Professional Institute for Kinderkinetics) is a requirement to be able to practice.

Honours in Perfromance Sport

The BSc Honours degree in Performance Sport is the science of understanding and learning how to apply the specialized training methodologies of competitive high-level athletes who compete in individual and team sports. Students who study in this focused area, provide scientific services to healthy individuals on all levels of the sport participation continuum, as well as in the fitness industry. The subjects include: Exercise and Sport Physiology, Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, Current Topics in Sport and Exercise Science, Research Methodology and Professional Practice. Additionally, there are a list of elective subjects which students can choose from to further enhance their skills (E.g. Kinanthropometry etc.). Apart from the academic component, students apply their knowledge both theoretically and practically, in the form of sport strength & conditioning, coaching and sport science opportunities in different professional working environments. Work experience is gained by the students on the long-term development of sport people, ranging from schools, clubs all the way up to the elite level at the top of the performance chain. Performance Sport students are upskilled with tangible skills and competencies in order to be desirable for the workplace. These skills include amongst other things; the art of coaching, program design in all sport biomotor abilities, video analysis, biomechanical movement analysis, strength & conditioning, load monitoring and data handling, latest skills in sport technology (GPS & Velocity based training), latest recovery methods, sport management and sport scientific fitness testing. All of the opportunities above include working with people who are differently-abled as well.  

Students with this degree can work, for example, as:

  • Coaches at schools, clubs or federations
  • Strength and conditioning specialists at schools, clubs, or federations
  • Coaches at Schools, clubs or federations
  • Strength and conditioning specialists at schools, clubs, or federations
  • Start their own businesses working with athletes or healthy clients with fitness goals
  • Work with professional athletes / teams
  • Team managers
  • Event management
  • Sport Scientists to athletes / teams

Download the honours brochure and learn more about the application process: Hons_BSc_Brochure.pdf

MSc and PhD programme

More information about these programmes will follow soon.