Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171

School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Undergraduate study

Athletes silhouettes

Sports Technology

General information

In recent years the developed world has experienced a dramatic increase in the popularity of sports and leisure activities. In response to this demand the sports manufacturing industry has been developing more sports products to meet demand.

In order to maintain competitive edge, many of the sports related companies have identified the need for a significant improvement of understanding of sports technologies, in order to develop better equipment and products. This requires an understanding of human biomechanics, physiology and psychology, combined with product design, manufacturing skills, science and technology. Sports technologists combine several demanding disciplines in order to relate the playing, or use characteristics, of sporting equipment, to the underlying principles of product design. This is further reinforced with an up-to-date knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials, in order to enable improvements in sports product performance and ease of use.

Sports Technology at Loughborough University is at the heart of an exciting and new £15 million state-of-the-art Sports Technology Institute, created by Loughborough University, in partnership with Government funding, forming the largest university based facility in the world. 

Our BSc. programme in Sports Technology is based in the new Sports Technology Institute, and focuses primarily upon the design and manufacture of sports equipment. It has been specifically developed to provide the sports industry with graduates possessing the required specialist technological knowledge and skills.

The programme provides a detailed understanding of human performance, sport related business studies and product design principles. This is supported with a background of manufacturing technology, engineering science, mathematics, statistics and experimental design. Students work in the same facilities as the research staff, and receive the latest research ideas, equipment and results in their third year optional modules.

All students can opt to enrol for a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS) and spend a year in industry, between the second and third years of academic study. This provides an opportunity to experience and apply the academic skills in a workplace setting.

Find out more about the Sports Technology Institute on their website.

Course structure

PART A
  • Applied Sports Technology 1
  • Biomechanics of Sport
  • Fitness & Training
  • Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing Processes
  • Manufacturing Design
  • Mathematics
  • Measurement Principles
  • Mechanical Design in Sport
  • Product Design (Ergonomics & Visualisation)

Part B

  • Applied Sports Technology 2
  • Application of Product Design for Sports
  • Engineering Computation for Sports Technology
  • Principles of Marketing for Sports & Leisure
  • Measurement and Experimental Design
  • Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics
  • Sports Goods Design, Manufacture and Test
  • Statistics
  • Structural Kinesiology
PART C

Core Subjects

  • Individual Project
  • Sports Equipment Industry
  • Sports Technology: Footwear, Garments and Surfaces
  • Specialist Technology Modules
SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGY MODULES (AVAILABILITY DEPENDS ON YEAR)
  • Additive Manufacturing for Product Development
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Technology
  • Advanced Methods of Analysis in Sports Biomechanics
  • Applied Sports Science – Athletics
  • Applied Sports Science – Gymnastics
  • Applied Sports Science – Rugby
  • Applied Sports Science – Soccer
  • Applied Sports Science – Swimming
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Healthcare Engineering
  • Management of the Human Resource
  • New Product Design and Development
  • Organisation Structure and Strategy
  • Polymers and Applications
  • Polymer Processing Technology
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

Study options and entry requirements

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’sgeneral entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

BSC (HONS) 3 YEARS FULL-TIME

UCAS code: CH67

A-Level
ABB
SQA AH
BB, plus Highers at AAB in three other subjects including Mathematics
Int Bacc
33 points with 6,5,5 at HL and 5 in Maths at SL
European Bacc
75% Overall with a min of 6 in Maths and Physics (including English)
French Bacc
Overall minimum of 13 incl 13 in Maths (including English)
BTEC Extended Diploma
D*DD overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs.
BTEC HND/HNC
Distinction profile overall, Distinctions in four science related subjects, plus Merit in Maths, or, GCSE Maths Grade A
Access to HE Diploma
Not accepted, please apply for the Foundation Year
Cambridge Pre-U
D3, M1, M1, to include Maths at M2 as a Short Course (or GCSE Maths grade A)
Irish Leaving Certificate Highers
Grades AAAABB including Grade A in Maths
Additional Requirement
GCSE Maths at grade A (or AS Maths at grade C) or equivalent
BSC (HONS) DIS 4 YEARS FULL-TIME SANDWICH

UCAS code: HC76

A-Level
ABB
SQA AH
BB, plus Highers at AAB in three other subjects including Mathematics
Int Bacc
33 points with 6,5,5 at HL and 5 in Maths at SL
European Bacc
75% Overall with a min of 6 in Maths and Physics (including English)
French Bacc
Overall minimum of 13 incl 13 in Maths (including English)
BTEC Extended Diploma
D*DD overall profile, with Distinctions in; Maths for Eng Techs and Further Maths for Techs.
BTEC HND/HNC
Distinction profile overall, Distinctions in four science related subjects, plus Merit in Maths, or, GCSE Maths Grade A
Access to HE Diploma
Not accepted, please apply for the Foundation Year
Cambridge Pre-U
D3, M1, M1, to include Maths at M2 as a Short Course (or GCSE Maths grade A)
Irish Leaving Certificate Highers
Grades AAAABB including Grade A in Maths
Additional Requirement
GCSE Maths at grade A (or AS Maths at grade C) or equivalent

SQA AH = Scottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IB = International Baccalaureate Diploma DPS = Diploma in Professional Studies DIS = Diploma in Industrial StudiesDIntS = Diploma in International Studies