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School of Sport and Exercise

Taught in our brand new international-standard sports arena and our specialist labs, therapy suites and strength and conditioning suite, you’ll be challenged and supported by experienced coaches, therapists and scientists.

School of Sport and Exercise courses

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The School provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research student opportunities, where your student experience is the top priority, reflecting the university’s commitment to active learning, and to ensuring that you are fully engaged with your curriculum, building skills for employability and for lifelong learning.

“A strong sporting tradition is supported by extensive facilities” Times Good University Guide 2022.

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Taught by experts

You’ll learn from current professional practitioners as well as our own industry-experienced lecturers who have worked with bodies such as FIFA and UEFA.

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Our facilities

Develop practical skills using cutting-edge equipment in our dedicated labs and suites. Practice your game on our outstanding 3G pitches.

Check out our sports facilities.

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Every year our students complete over 4,000 work placements and internships. Gain real-world experience working with top-level athletes and grow your contact list.

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Compete and train as part of sports clubs and BUCS competitions​​. Our brand new sports park is also home to our professional netball superleague team, the Severn Stars.


Put your learning into practice in our professional-standard sports therapy clinics and our state-of-the-art sport and exercise science laboratories.​

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Sports Therapy Clinic

Treat elite athletes and work in one of our weekly sports therapy clinics. Become qualified in the very latest technologies.

Our dedicated sport therapy suites give you the practical experience and skills you need to start your career in injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Take a virtual tour of the Sports Therapy Clinic

Strength and conditioning suite

Strength and Conditioning Suite

Using the most advanced strength and conditioning facilities, you’ll be in the optimal environment to learn how to coach elite level athletes and enhance their performance capabilities.

Our facilities allow for highly accurate diagnostics to be run on any athletes strength and explosive capabilities, prior to conducting a training programme for them.

Take a virtual tour of the Strength and Conditioning Suite

Sport and exercise laboratories

To be successful at sport – whether coaching, playing or treating – you need to understand the mechanics of movement. Our specialist staff and equipment will help you to determine indicators of sports performance., such as gait and joint strength, as well as allow you to work in a clinical setting, on medical conditions such as strokes.

How do you ensure athletes reach peak performance? It could be by working with them in one of our laboratories dedicated to sport and exercise physiology.

As the name suggests​, when using this laboratory and it’s equipment you’ll investigate respiratory physiology in athletes and diseased populations. You’ll work with our inspirational staff to become highly skilled in areas such as determining VO2 kinetics of athletes. You may also work as sport scientist to professional, national and international football clubs, such as Forest Green Rovers and Athletic Club Bilbao.

Using our environmental chamber, you could be screening athletes for exercise-induced asthma, or training them for the Olympics or even the desert marathon – Marathon des Sables.

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