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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Sport Programmes

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Your careers team

Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • A good understanding of information technology
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Presentation and oral communication
  • Research and data analysis
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Time-management and planning skills
  • Written communication; including report writing, time-management and planning

You might also want to read The skills needed to future proof your career in sport.

To learn more about skills and how you can develop them at Univerisity, see Skills employers seek and sign up to the Personal Best programme.

Career options

CAREERS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR DEGREE IN SPORT

Sports Science

  • Research
  • Biomechanics/ Performance Analysis
  • Clinical Science
  • Exercise Physiology/ Strength & Conditioning
  • Sports Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Sports Psychology

Sports Education

  • PE/ Sports Teaching/ Lecturing
  • Outdoor Pursuits/ Activities

Sports Performance, Coaching & Officiating

  • Professional Sports Performance
  • Coaching & Instructing Sports Performance
  • Officiating

Promoting & Developing Sport

  • Sports Development

Health and Fitness

  • Fitness Instruction/ Personal Training/ Instructing Exercise
  • Health Promotion & Exercise Referral
  • Clinical Physiology
  • Sports Physiotherapy/ Sports Therapy

Sports Management, Administration & Marketing

  • Fitness & Leisure Facility Management
  • Sports Administration and General Management
  • Sports Management consultancy
  • Sports Events Management
  • Sports Advertising, Marketing & PR
  • Sports Sales

Sports Media

  • Sports Journalism

Sports Property & Construction

  • Sports Facilities Consultancy

Sports Technology

 

CAREERS WHERE YOUR DEGREE IN SPORT WOULD BE USEFUL

  • Accountancy
  • Administration
  • Armed Forces
  • Community Work
  • Customer Services
  • Events Management
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Youth Work

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

Postgraduate Taught courses at Loughborough University - SSEHS offers a comprehensive range of postgraduate taught programmes across the areas of Health Science, Sport Performance and Social Sciences of Sport, Education and Society.

Postgraduate Research at Loughborough University - SSEHS also offer Research degree opportunities within Behavioural Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Sport Science and Social Sciences and Sport: 

Further study elsewhere:

Find a Masters - Find a Masters in Sport and Exercise Science across the UK and Europe.

Find a PhD

Other qualifications:

  • Relevant qualifications might be offered as part of your degree course or through the clubs you are involved in.
  • You can also access qualifications and experience with Loughborough's Coach and Volunteer Academy.
  • SkillsActive - offers training courses and qualifications
  • UK Coaching - Face-to-face workshops, eLearning courses and webinars for coaches 
  • Outdoor Learning – relevant training/ courses: 
  • The professional body/ies for the career or profession you are interested in will provide up to date information about accredited qualifications.

Some popular areas of further study:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Psychology
  • Sports Coaching
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activity and Public Health
  • Teaching
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine and Health

Where do graduates go?

Destinations of students graduating in 2018 and 2019 will be published here shortly.

Six months after graduating in 2017

SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE

  • Main activity: 95.9% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £19,475 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Sectors: 32% were working in arts, entertainment and recreation, 30% were in education, 10% were in human health and social work activities, 7% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, and 5% were in public administration and defence; compulsory social security
  • Location: 30% were working in the East Midlands, 21% were in London, 12% were in the South East, 11% were in the East of England, 7% were in the West Midlands, 4% were in England (region unknown), 4% were in the North West, 4% were in the South West, 4% were in Wales, 4% were in Yorkshire & the Humber, and 2% were in Northern Ireland.

Employers included:

Arsenal Football Club, CP+R, Charnwood Borough Council, Essex Police, Fit4less, Football Association, Great British Hockey, Holywood Rugby Club, Leisure Leagues, NHS, Nuffield Health, Tottenham Hotspur, Volleyball England.

Roles included:

Associate Physiotherapist, Clinical Exercise Specialist, Cricket Coaching, Health and Wellbeing Advisor, Health and Wellbeing Physiologist, Performance Analyst, Personal Trainer, Sports & Outreach Intern, Sports Development Officer, Sport Science Intern, Strength Coach.

Further Study included:

BSc Physiotherapy, MSc Exercise Physiology, MSc Human and Applied Physiology, MSc Management, MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, MSc Sport Biomechanics, MSc Sport Exercise and Health Sciences, Musculoskeletal Sport Science and Health, PGCE Physical Education, PhD Public Health.

SPORT MANAGEMENT

  • Main activity: 96.4% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £22,706 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Sectors: 22% were working in arts, entertainment and recreation, 17% were in professional, scientific and technical activities, 13% were in financial and insurance activities, 13% were in information and communication and 9% were in administrative and support service activities.
  • Location: 52% were working in London, 13% were in the East Midlands, 9% were in the South East, 9% were in Yorkshire & the Humber, 4% were in the Channel Isles, 4% were in the East of England, 4% were in Scotland, and 4% were in Wales.

Employers included:

Barclays, CSM Sports and Entertainment, Column Technologies Limited, IMG Golf, London Scottish, Loughborough University, Macmillan Cancer Support, Netball World cup 2019 Ltd, Red Bull, Tennis Foundation.

Roles included:

Client Advisor, Client Management Assistant, Commercial Marketing Intern, Communications Executive, Disability Sports Development Officer, Event Administrator, Marketing Officer, Operations Lead, Rugby Club Coordinator, Teaching Assistant.

Further Study included:

MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, PGCE in Physical Education, Psychology Conversion course.

SPORT SCIENCE, COACHING AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The first cohort of students on this programme will graduate in 2022.  Graduates not progressing directly into coaching or education will pursue closely related careers and those similar to students from our other sports programmes.

Further information:

Resources to research career areas

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Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):

 

 

Events

The Talk Sport Student Conference returns on Thursday 4th February 2021. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn from presentations and ask questions to a select group of sports industry professionals.  To find out more, and book onto this online event delivered on MS Teams, see the Talk Sport 2021 programme.

To access information about previous Talk Sport events see below.

Talk Sport 2020 Programme

Talk Sport 2019 Event Guide

Talk Sport 2018 Programme