FMHS Sport Science
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​​Undergraduate programme

This programme studies human body motion from various perspectives, such as the physiological, anatomical, and biomechanical. The programme covers the following areas: applied anatomy and biomechanics, motor learning, sport and exercise physiology, sport ethics, programme development, sport injuries, coaching, adapted movement programmes and the fitness industry. The practical component offers you a wide experience of human movement and the development of your coaching skills.

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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 or English
(Home Language or First Additional Language) – 4
• Physical Sciences – 4
• Mathematics – 5

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 programme

MSc (Sport Science) - 100% thesis programme

PhD programme

PhD (Sport Science) - 100% thesis programme