Science and Football - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Science and Football with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: S001

Institute code: L51

Study mode

 This course is available in Clearing 2018

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Call our hotline to find your place.

About your course

The BSc (Hons) Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University is delivered by world-leading experts and informed by extensive links with key industry partners, such as the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association.

  • ​Teaching from industry professionals, including coaches and applied practitioners from a variety of professional clubs and governing bodies within the UK and Europe
  • Key industry partners including professional clubs, the FA, UEFA, FIFA and Prozone
  • World-leading research institute attracting high-level professionals to give talks
  • Every student has the opportunity to do a work placement or sandwich year. We have excellent industry links, including the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association
  • Stepping stone to careers in community football or with elite professional teams
  • Endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme
  • School named 9th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 6th best in Europe by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences​

Watch our Science and Football course film to hear what our students and staff have to say

With the outstanding teaching and guidance of the staff, I gained strong underpinning knowledge and confidence to transfer to the applied setting and future career environments.

Alex Davies, Science and Football graduate, now employed as Head of Performance Analysis, Leeds United Football Club

Completing the BSc in Science & Football helped me to understand the science and processes within a football and sporting environment, whilst also challenging me to gain the required skills and intellect needed to perform in an elite organisation.

Alex Scanlon, England Men’s U19 Team Performance Analyst, The English Football Association

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

​Every student will have the opportunity to do a work placement (40 hours’ minimum) or a sandwich year where you will put into practice the skills and knowledge gained during your studies. We have excellent industry links, including the Football Association, FIFA, various Premier League football clubs and the Professional Footballers' Association.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

​From day one of the degree programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor and remain under their guidance throughout your time at LJMU. They will be available to discuss any academic or personal issues on a one-to-one basis as well as helping you to put together your educational and future career plans. You will also work with your personal tutor in small groups to develop study skills essential for the science and football programme.

Course details

The last 15 years have seen a marked rise in demand for sports science graduates in the professional football industry.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto the honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

Sports scientists who can identify talent and develop and enhance players’ performance from a physical, physiological and psychological perspective are employed alongside coaches and managers to get the best out of our teams.

This bespoke degree programme has been designed for graduates who want to work either in community football to help address health-related problems and promote positive behaviour or as support to elite-level professional football teams. It attracts students from all over the world.

Your tutors will be representative of the vast array of industry professionals, semi-professionals and amateurs, from elite coaches and players to support staff in community clubs. In addition, our reputation as a world-leading research centre ensures we attract high-level professionals to come and talk to you about the reality of working in the industry.

​We ensure that the programme is as current and relevant as possible by working closely with key industry partners and by engaging in extensive research to identify the skills and knowledge that football organisations look for in graduates.

In 2018, we are celebrating 20 years of delivering the Science and Football programme at LJMU. As part of a series of events to mark the anniversary, Kasper Schmeichel visited LJMU to meet undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 3

  • Building Blocks of Life
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 1
  • Healthy Humans
  • Skills and Perspectives in Science 2
  • Humans and their Environment
Level 4
  • Research Skills
  • Psychological Foundations
  • Biomechanics Foundations
  • Research Methods 1
  • Physiological Responses to Acute Exercise
  • Science and Football Foundations

Level 5

  • Current Issues in Science and Football 1
  • Biomechanical Principles
  • Psychological Principles
  • Research Methods 2
  • Physiological Responses to Exercise Training
  • Current Issues in Science and Football 2
Sandwich degree:
  • Year-long placement

Level 6 (fourth year for sandwich degree students)

  • Football Science Project
  • Biomechanics of Football
  • Psychology of Football
  • Physiology of Football
  • Performance Analysis of Football

Further guidance on modules    

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

​Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, one-to-one tutorials, laboratory-based practical work, online workshops and group work. Guided independent study using our Learning Resource Centres and the web accounts for 70-80% of each module. Web-based content is also available through through our virtual learning environment Blackboard (including wikis and blogs for Level 6 modules).

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

​The Science and Football degree programme sits within LJMU's Football Exchange. The Football Exchange enables the football community to directly access the expertise of LJMU's world-leading staff and processes. LJMU has led the way in fostering a scientific approach towards the training, preparation and development of players, coaches and teams in elite level professional football. Our world-leading scientific enquiry places the Football Exchange as the foremost organisation to support the football industry through world-class research, high quality education and applied enterprise solutions. Specifically we provide consultancy and research in the areas of:

  • Physiology of preparation and performance in football
  • Performance nutrition in football
  • Match and performance analysis
  • Psychology of skill and expertise in football
  • Psychology of human behaviour in football
  • Performance biomechanics

Your tutors’ first-rate research and teaching credentials have ensured that LJMU’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) has been ranked 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014*.

RISES is the home of broad-based, multidisciplinary, fundamental and applied research. The Institute was awarded the Research Team of the Year 2015 Award by Educate North.

RISES staff interrogate the ‘exercise response’ from the cell to the community; from the elite athlete to multiple clinical groups; from the youngest to the oldest members of society.

* Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include: written assignments (essays and brief response questions), exams (seen and unseen), practical work, portfolios, presentations (group and individual), and reflective practice/diaries.

Your tutors will provide feedback on assessments within three weeks, allowing you to quickly identify your successes and the areas where you may need to put in more work. This is provided via Canvas, face-to-face and/or as written comments for coursework and one-to-one for exams. You are also welcome to arrange further meetings with staff to discuss your feedback.

Career prospects

The demand for graduates in the football world continues to increase, with opportunities both at home and overseas for those with a BSc (Hons) degree in Science and Football.

​A number of our former graduates are now employed in the football industry in the UK, Europe and further afield in sports science support, player development and community programmes. 

Our graduates work for a number of elite organisations including - among others - Manchester United Football Club, Liverpool Football Club, Everton Football Club and the Football Association.

Typical roles include performance analysis, sports psychology, fitness and conditioning, education and welfare, and nutritional advice.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 

Professional accreditation / links

​The programme team has worked closely with senior figures from the professional football industry for many years to ensure that this degree remains contemporary and world leading in terms of its research and teaching quality. It is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme.

Partners include professional clubs, Prozone, the Football Association, The Professional Footballers’ Association, UEFA and FIFA. As part of its commitment to development of the football industry, the School recently launched the Football Exchange, which encourages students to get involved in industry-related activities.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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