Why study Science and Football at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 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 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 12th best department in the world, 2nd best in the UK and 9th best in Europe out of 450 institutions by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for sport sciences 2020
- This degree is available to study following a foundation year
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
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.
The last 15 years have seen a marked rise in demand for sports science graduates in the professional football industry. 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 celebrated 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.
"Completing the BSc in Science and 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."
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.
Find out more about career opportunities in sport and exercise sciences.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Additional course costs
Students will need to pay for a DBS check (if required for your sandwich year placement) and travel to your placement.
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.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy. Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Science and Football Foundations
This module aims to introduce and develop your knowledge and understanding of the multifaceted role of science in football by introducing key aspects of physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, sociology, performance/match analysis and biomechanics in football.
This module introduces you to important theoretical concepts and practical skills in applied sport and exercise science practice. It also familiarises and develops your computer competency, practical skills and techniques relevant to applied sport and exercise science settings.
The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the foundation concepts that underpin motor learning/control, sport, exercise and social psychology.
This module introduces you to the basic principles of human anatomical structure and biomechanics and illustrates applications of these principles in sport, exercise and health. The module also aims to introduce you to experimental methods in biomechanics and develops your skills in data handling.
Research Methods 1
This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts of research methods, along with covering the basic application and interpretation of statistics that are relevant to research conducted in sport and exercise sciences.
Physiological Responses to Acute Exercise
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function of key physiological systems and metabolic processes, and discusses how these systems and processes respond to acute exercise. The content will include both theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to a number of physiological systems and metabolic processes.
This module aims to develop your ability to evaluate psychological principles associated with sport, exercise, and those associated with motor control and learning and expertise. You will also gain exposure to laboratory scenarios in the context of motor learning and control in order to further develop their understanding of experimental psychology.
This module continues to build your biomechanical knowledge by addressing fundamental principles on forces, motion and muscle action. You will learn the theoretical concepts behind key biomechanical analysis techniques before applying this knowledge in practical laboratory sessions and coursework. The theoretical insights and practical experiences will be complemented with online worksheets and data analysis tasks. You will also be introduced to more advanced biomechanical methodologies and research areas in biomechanics.
Research Methods 2
This module aims to develop an understanding of the key issues and concepts underpinning different types of research. This will include a development of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as data analysis procedures.
Physiological Responses to Exercise Training
This module develops your knowledge and understanding of the cardiovascular and metabolic responses of acute and chronic exercise. You will discuss these in relation to human health and performance.
Current Issues in Science and Football 1
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills of current issues and applied concepts in football in the disciplines of physiology, psychology and sociology. The module also aims to develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific research around these current areas.
Current Issues in Science and Football 2
This module aims to develop your knowledge and skills of current issues and applied concepts in football in the disciplines of biomechanics, coaching and performance analysis. The module also aims to develop your ability to analyse and evaluate the scientific research around these current areas.
This module aims to critically extend your understanding and deployment of the research process through the production of a piece of independent research.
Biomechanics of Football
This module enables you to examine the biomechanics of football skills and risk factors for injury. The module develops your understanding of biomechanical factors related to football skills, equipment and injury prevention, alongside your ability to critically analyse these concepts.
Psychology of Football
This module aims to develop your conceptual and applied knowledge and understanding of psychology in football, with particular reference to the development and support of elite level players. It will encourage you to apply theoretical and applied processes relevant to the development and support of players in professional football.
Physiology of Football
This module develops your ability to examine and critically analyse the physiological responses to football-specific intermittent exercise patterns. It will develop your theoretical knowledge and understanding on the factors that contribute to effective training programme design in football. It will also develop your ability to critically analyse the research evidence associated with these factors.
Performance Analysis of Football
This module develops your understanding of theoretical and applied knowledge of tactical and physical performance analysis techniques and the selection of informative metrics in football. You will develop the ability to apply theoretical and applied knowledge to evaluate and communicate performance analysis in data. You will also develop your understanding of the integrated nature of football and the multitude of factors that impact match performance and metrics.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, interactive seminars, one-to-one tutorials, online activities, 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 Canvas (including wikis and blogs for Level 6 modules).
Every student will have the opportunity to do 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.
The school is fully committed to promoting a learning environment that supports a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and has a Disability Support Coordinator, an EDI Coordinator and a School EDI Working Group. Personal Tutors also play a vital role in promoting awareness of support services for students.
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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Kevin Enright
Kevin is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach (ASCC), a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and an accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Prior to working in Higher Education, Kevin was an Applied Sport Scientist for 10 years, supporting athletes preparing for Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Scottish and English Premier League footballers and the U17 English national football team who won the UEFA European Championships. He was awarded his PhD from LJMU on the impact of concurrent-training on the physiological adaptations to sports specific exercise in elite football players.
"I enjoy seeing each student develop and implementing what they have learned throughout each module into the research project. Across this journey, we can see the students evolve to become independent, critical thinking individuals"
What you can expect from your School
You will study in Liverpool city centre at our City Campus. Our sport and exercise sciences facilities are world-leading and feature state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport scientists. The Avril Robarts library is within easy walking distance and here you'll find all the information you need to support your studies.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 112
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: A Sport or Science related discipline. Psychology, PE and Maths are accepted as Science.
- Is general studies acceptable? No
- Average A Level offer: BBC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DDM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points. We may require a specific science grade.
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects . We may require a specific science grade.
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Not Acceptable
Alternative qualifications considered
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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