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Welcome to Sport and Health Sciences at Exeter

BSc Programmes

Congratulations on your achievement of obtaining a place to study BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences, BSc Exercise and Sport Science with Study Abroad, MSci Exercise and Sport Sciences or Human Biosciences at the University of Exeter. We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter and working with you over the coming few years.

This page contains information about Freshers’ week activities in Sport and Health Sciences but please also refer to the University welcome pages for information about all the other non-discipline specific events.

If you are studying BSc Human Biosciences please also refer to the Biosciences essential information website.

To help you start the transition to studying at University before you arrive, we encourage you to look at the following welcome webpage we have put together.  Simply go to, login in and then click on “Welcome to Sport and Health Sciences” option in the my courses list.

The site is full of really useful advice about studying and managing your time effectively which we hope you will find helpful. To access the site all you require is your Exeter University IT account username and password, which you will get after registering with the University.

Freshers’ Week and Sport and Health Sciences Welcome Meeting

There will be a formal welcome by the Head of Sport and Health Sciences on Tuesday 18 September at 10.30am and this will be followed by various introductory talks, specific to the programme throughout the morning. In the afternoon there will be range of welcome activities followed by a welcome reception.

Attendance on 18 September is compulsory and a full itinerary of the activities can be found at the link below.


Your detailed personal timetable will be available to download from your student portal in early September (you will need to register with the University online first).  Further details about how to read this timetable will be given at the welcome meeting on 18 September.  Teaching commences on Monday 24 September and term 1 ends on Friday 14 December.


All students at the University of Exeter are expected to attend eXfactor during their first year.  This is a day of interactive graduate development and recruitment activities that aims to get you to start thinking about what motivates you, what your interests and values are, the skills set you already have and what you need to develop in order to help you succeed after graduating.  The eXfactor for all Sport and Health Science year 1 students is being held on Monday 8 October and all students are expected to attend.  Further details will be provided during the welcome talks.

Reading Lists

Details of the key texts that year 1 Sport and Health Sciences students use in their first term can be found at the link below:

As textbooks are expensive we have tried to keep the suggestions to a minimum and have only included those that cover the core disciplines of your degree programme.  All key texts are of course available for loan in the University library and there is no need to purchase them before you arrive in Exeter.

Information about the Health Centre

It is important that you register with one of the Student Health Centres or a surgery near your accommodation during Freshers' Week, or as soon as you can.  The St Luke’s Campus Health Centre is at The Heavitree Practice, Heavitree Health Centre, South Lawn Terrace, Exeter EX1 2RX. Phone: 01392 222099 however you are free to sign up to any local GP.  Registration for the Heavitree Practice is a paper-based process and the relevant registration forms are available directly from the Surgery and they will be coming into the department during the first term.   To complete the forms, you will need your NHS number and so please bring this with you to Exeter.

Sport and Health Sciences Society

There are many societies available to join at the University of Exeter. The Sport and Health Science Society aims to integrate all year groups and staff throughout the course through various events. Past events include dodgeball tournaments, quiz nights, BBQ’s and bingo! Further details of how to join will be given during fresher’s to integrate all year groups and staff throughout the course through various events.

Sport and Health Sciences Clothing

It is a requirement that appropriate clothing (e.g. polo shirts, jogging bottoms and trainers) are worn for practical lab sessions.  It is not compulsory to purchase Sport and Health Sciences clothing but if you wish to do so, you can via the Squirrel Sports website.

Students studying BSc Human Biosciences will be given a laboratory coat and goggles on arrival.  These are free of charge and there is no need to order them.