Making a difference:
The bachelor’s programme in Sport and Exercise Science
How does the human body and mind respond to training and physical activity? Which factors have an impact on health and performance? Explore these questions in our bachelor’s programme in Sport and Exercise Science. As a Bachelor graduate you can make a significant contribution to society through teaching and coaching in addition to health and human performance research.
The bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science at LUNEX University incorporates current developments in the sports and health sector and offers you a practical, academic and recognised qualification. Sports science is an interdisciplinary science that combines various disciplines in performance and health. It applies scientific principles from fields like sports physiology, sports nutrition, sports psychology, coaching, training and testing in theory and practice.
During your bachelor’s degree you will explore all these subjects by studying the body’s systems, their respective control and the effects of exercise and training. In your last year of study, you will have the opportunity to gain more specialised knowledge either in Coaching and Physical Education or Sport Management. Become an expert in Sport and Exercise Science – well equipped to work in a variety of settings and situations.
Your training plan:
What you can expect in the Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science
The Bachelor’s programme in Sport and Exercise Science gives you a solid understanding in a broad spectrum of disciplines that underpin sport, exercise and health. During your final year of study you have the choice: You can either specialise in coaching and physical education or in sports management.
During your studies you will acquire knowledge in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, nutrition and psychology. Further study content includes coaching, motor control, motor learning and exercise testing and training. Using diagnostic exercise and sport-specific assessment tools you will learn how to determine performance and physical fitness. You will identify strengths and weaknesses of athletes and based on these, develop individually optimised training plans.
In addition you will also acquire fundamental knowledge in the management of sport and health businesses, which prepares you for a versatile career in the sector. Through practical exercises in our modern sports and movement laboratory and external internships you will gain valuable experience for your professional future.
Course of study
After you have explored the structures and functions of the human body, you will study how sport and exercise affect these. You will develop a fundamental understanding of motor, cognitive, physiological and psychological processes. You will also gain knowledge about the influence of nutrition on performance and health and learn how to coach, instruct and lead athletes and teams. In our sports and movement laboratory, you will learn how to carry out sports science measurements and training procedures and practice in various coaching situations. During your first internship you will gain insights and experience in a professional field of your choice.
In the second year of study you will acquire in-depth, applied knowledge. In the laboratory you will investigate how the body reacts to stress factors generated in different training environments. You will learn which psychological factors influence performance and how you can intervene as a coach. You will also gain insight into the structures of the sports business and acquire a fundamental knowledge of sports management and sports marketing. Your acquired knowledge will be applied in a second internship. We also support you in developing professional core competencies that are relevant for a successful career in the sports and health sector. In preparation for your Bachelor thesis and with a view to a post-graduate study or possible academic career, we will introduce you to research methods in the field of sport and exercise science.
Whether coaching and physical education or sports management, in the final year of study you have the choice of which area you would like to specialise in. You will finalise your studies with your bachelor’s thesis on a topic of your interest and passion, which is supervised and supported by an experienced member of our staff.
a) Specialisation Coaching and Physical Education: Are you interested in teaching physical exercise at school or are you interested in coaching athletes? You can then choose our specialisation coaching and physical education. You will acquire pedagogical and methodological skills necessary to teach sports and to train individual athletes and sports teams. You will be able to plan, implement and evaluate training programmes for different target groups and to get actively involved in the rehabilitation of sports injuries. Additionally, you have the opportunity to acquire a coaching license. For this purpose we cooperate with the Ecole Nationale de l’éducation physique et des sports (ENEPS) in Luxembourg.
b) Specialisation Sport Management: If you are more interested in the economic side of sports, the specialisation in sport management is the right choice. Here you will acquire knowledge in the areas of project and human resource management as well as trends in sport and sport business. We will teach you the fundamentals of entrepreneurship in sport and provide you with the necessary tools in sports marketing and sponsoring. In addition, you will develop your social and methodical skills in conflict management, intercultural communication, decision-making and negotiation.
On the home straight:
Career & perspectives
After completing your bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise sciences, you will have sought-after knowledge and skills in the areas of coaching and training, health and performance assessment and sports management. This will provide a good basis for building a career in the sports and health industry, entering the education sector or pursuing further studies.
Actively to the top after graduation
With an internationally recognised bachelor's degree in sports science, your career prospects are extremely versatile. For example, as an expert in exercise and training, you can work with sports teams and athletes and apply the knowledge you have gained during your studies to improve their sporting performance. If you enjoy working with children, then a job in sport and physical education and sports promotion might be the right choice for you. Your sport-related scientific knowledge and your management know-how will be also highly sought after in companies from the sports and health care industry. Potential employers are:
- Sport clubs and associations
- Health associations and institutions
- Hospitals, clinics, therapy centres
- Public authorities and health insurers
- Universities, schools, further education centres and research institutions
- Sport and fitness industry
- Sports goods and training gear manufacturers
- Personal training agencies
Considering both the greater competitiveness in sport and a growing ageing society with limited physical activity and poor nutritional habits, specialists in sports and exercise science are becoming increasingly important. The markets for sport, health and nutrition are growing steadily, thus offering varied and diverse employment opportunities.
As a sports science bachelor's graduate, you will have an excellent foundation upon which to start expanding your knowledge into further specialised areas. You might consider a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science at LUNEX University to gain expert skills and further increase your future career prospects. It is also your ticket for a career as physical education teacher as with the completion of a master's degree, you meet the criteria to participate in the Luxembourgish teacher selection procedure "Concours de recrutement pour le professorat de l’enseignement secondaire" (Concours) or to obtain the "certificat d'aptitude au professorat d'éducation physique et sportive" (CAPEPS) required in France. Alternatively, after your bachelor's degree you can complete additional courses to gain sport-specific coaching qualifications. Alternatively, you can also complete additional courses to gain higher sport-specific coaching qualifications. These and many more are possible:
- Master’s degree
- Gaining a coaching qualification with sport associations and specialised institutes (e.g. L'Ecole nationale de l'éducation physique et des sports in Luxembourg, Trainerakademie Köln in Germany)
- Certified qualification as a sports therapist
- Certified exercise practitioner (e.g. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science)
- Certified (clinical) exercise physiologist (e.g. American College of Sports Medicine)
- Certified personal trainer
What you will need to bring with you
Is sport your passion? Can you motivate others? Are you interested in scientific issues within the sport sector and do you have analytical skills? Great, then you already have some of the most important qualities for the bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
- University entrance qualification or equivalent qualification
- English Language Skills B2 Level (CEFR)
Level of fitness
As this is a science-focused degree programme, it is not necessary to be highly trained yourself or to be an expert in any particular sport. Nonetheless, you should be interested in exercise and sport and the science behind it and be able to enjoy it. Part of the practical lessons include the testing and training of others as well as yourself. This is a crucial ingredient for a successful career as for example a coach or sports teacher has to demonstrate how to perform certain exercises.
On your marks, get set, go:
How to apply
Ready to get started? Applying to LUNEX University is easy and possible at any time of the year. It only takes three steps to start your studies. We’ll show you just how the application works.
After receiving your online application for one of our study programmes, we will invite you to one of our Application Days. Based on the test results achieved there, we will decide whether you will be admitted directly to the course of study or whether you should first participate in our Foundation Programme to complete and expand your knowledge. If you are unable to travel to Luxembourg on the Application Day, please contact us. Under certain circumstances, we can arrange an appointment for an online interview with you.
Have you successfully participated in one of our our Application Days? Great, then you have now completed your application! You will receive your study contract from us by e-mail. Please print it out, sign it and send it by post to LUNEX University together with the relevant documents listed in the e-mail.
The Team Sport and Exercise and Science
“At LUNEX University we understand and share the ambitions and high expectations of our students. Through our mutual passion and enthusiasm for sport and exercise, we are able to create a stimulating environment in which to learn how the body works during exercise and how sport and physical activity promote performance and health, physically, mentally and socially. Here at LUNEX University, by sharing our passion and our expertise we provide our students with a high quality education in a dynamic world which empowers them to successfully achieve their career aspirations.”