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Sport & Physical Activity

Department of Sport & Physical Activity

We undertake teaching, research and enterprise activity in a broad range of fields and disciplines, including sport psychology, sport development, coaching sciences, physiology, performance analysis, sport management, health sciences, and the sociology of sport.

We produce innovative high-quality sport and physical activity research which has application in the real world and that impacts on policy, performance, participation, practice, and pressing social problems. We work closely with a range of research partners, funders, governments, and the general public, undertaking research locally, nationally and internationally. Staff in the Department publish widely in high-quality journals and widely-respected books, have developed an international reputation in a number of fields, and continue to shape sport and physical activity research.

Our international links continue to develop, with staff undertaking a range of collaborative research activity with colleagues from the University of Western Sydney in Australia, Murray State University (USA), the University of Maryland (USA), The Tourism Institute, Macau, University College, Florida, Victoria University in Australia, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, the University of Otago (New Zealand), and the German Sport University Cologne. Our students have been able to engage in educational and research activities with our partner universities in Cologne, Heidelberg and Groningen, and placements in sporting organisations across the world, reflecting the global nature of the sport industry.

We’re recognised as a Premier Skills Development Partner, one of only a few universities in the UK to have this recognition. Our courses are endorsed by the Club Managers’ Association of Europe (CMAE), a non-profit making professional association with members involved in the management of sports clubs (golf, tennis, sailing, rowing, rugby, football, cricket), health & fitness clubs, leisure, city and dining clubs located throughout Europe, a partnership which offers career and placement links, guest speakers and fantastic networking opportunities to our students.

To learn more about our activities, take a look at the work carried out by the Centre for Sport & Physical Activity.

Our courses

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Undergraduate courses

Take a look at the undergraduate courses offered by the department and how we can help get your career off to a great start.

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MSc Sport Management

See how this postgraduate degree can help you to become the type of sport manager that the industry is looking for.

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Sport Performance Laboratories

Our sport performance laboratories are home to performance monitoring equipment, so you can track the results of your work and the impact it has.

Our staff

Our staff

Find out more about the dedicated staff working within the Department of Sport & Physical Activity.

Our research activities

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Research themes

Find out more about the research we conduct in the department across themes in sport, coaching sciences, policy and management, among others.

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