Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is a globally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health across the natural and social sciences.

Why choose to study sport, exercise and/or health sciences with us?

We have a leading reputation

1st in the world for the fourth time running for sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
1st in the UK for Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
3rd in the UK for Sports Science (Guardian University Guide 2021)

We are a globally recognised centre of excellence for the study of sport, exercise and health across the natural and social sciences.

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, our wide-ranging expertise encompasses such diverse areas as medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, physiology, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology and sport management.

This is reflected in every single one of our degrees

...and our research opportunities

Our teaching is based on world-class research and delivered by academics who have influenced sport policy and practice around the world

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research. We have been ranked 1st in the UK for the overall quality of our research in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

There's a range of extra-curricular activities that you can get involved with

We have a great offering of sporting opportunities outside of your studies. A full list of our sports clubs can be found here. We also have the Recreational Sport programme, which offers a free range of fitness classes and sports activities for students who want to try something new and keep fit in a fun environment, free from competition.

You'll have access to fantastic facilities across campus

Our extensive range of first-class facilities are designed to help you throughout your studies and fully equip you for your future endeavours.

We are proud to have one of the largest single-site, green campuses in the UK. We have a thriving postgraduate community and we offer our students the most advanced facilities for learning and research.

The School offers a range of specialist equipment for the study of human biology, psychology, physiology, and biomechanics. These include the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers and bespoke training and testing equipment.

We also offer a number of versatile study areas and well-maintained seminar rooms. You will also have access to our library, which has excellent learning resources and additional workshops that are free for you to attend to develop your critical thinking skills and approach to academic reading throughout your postgraduate studies.

Also available on campus is a bank, medical centre and physiotherapist, grocery stores, a cycle shop, a parcel service, a pharmacy and an opticians. The local bus service links the University with the town centre and railway station, and students can ride for free across campus.

Please note that access to certain facilities may be limited in line with COVID-19 safety measures.

...which all helps to provide our students with excellent career prospects

Over 94% of our graduates are in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Our recent graduates have secured positions with companies including:

  • England and Wales Cricket Board, Performance Analyst
  • Hachette, Digital Commercial Executive
  • Adidas (Greece), Sports Management Specialist
  • Oxford University, Researcher
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Customer Development Executive
  • NHS Manchester, Physiotherapy Assistant
  • British Gymnastics, Development Officer
  • Staffordshire University, Lecturer in Sport Policy and Sports Development
  • English Institute of Sport, Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Lucozade, Sports Scientist