Exciting opportunities are within reach

Our programmes are highly regarded within our sectors, they give you an excellent platform from which to launch your career.

Within the School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition there is a wide range of programmes that offer the potential for exciting and rewarding careers for graduates. Training and education is geared towards ensuring the expectations of employers are met and that you are confident and prepared to enter your chosen career.

In recent years securing a graduate role has become increasingly competitive, so planning your career early, gaining relevant work and voluntary experience and engaging in extracurricular activities will be crucial to demonstrate your commitment to prospective employers. We are here to help you in this preparation by offering our support throughout your programme.

"As somebody who left college at 18 with no intention of ever attending university, I found myself 6 years later in my final year thriving and thoroughly enjoying the challenge of a research project."

Matt Ward -
After graduating from the Outdoor Education programme, Matt went on to set up his own company, Summit Sport and Outdoor Education Ltd with the help and guidance of LJMU's Centre for Entrepreneurship. 

Career prospects by subject

Take a look at the specific subject areas that interest you below to find out about your career prospects.

Sport development

Interested in making a difference to the provision of opportunities in sport? This course will ensure you have the knowledge and skills to develop sport and leisure activities for various providers whether that be within local councils, charitable trusts, private organisations, county sport partnerships or national governing bodies of sport.

Typical career options:

  • sport development officer/manager
  • school games development officer
  • sports programme organiser
  • club development and training
  • community sports development
  • sports participation officer
  • sports project management
  • sport policy analysis
  • community activity/recreation leader
  • setting up your own sports business
  • leisure centre manager
  • sports media and marketing
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Sports hall based at the IM Marsh Campus.

Sport business

Designed to fit industry needs, this programme holds employability and entrepreneurship at its heart. Work-related learning includes: working through real-life organisational problems, simulations of workplace activity, and analysis of employer-driven case studies.

Opportunities to work within the exciting and fast-paced sport industry are increasing both in the UK and internationally. Potential careers span the entire sports business spectrum as major clubs, sports marketing agencies, corporate sponsors, national governing bodies and organisations managing major events are all looking for ambitious and talented graduates.

Typical career options:

  • sport administration
  • sports centre management
  • club management
  • sports marketing/events administration
  • setting up your own sports business
  • sports project management
  • sport development officer/manager
  • leisure business operations

Physical education

Combining theory with practice, this programme presents opportunities for work-based learning where you can focus on an area of your choice. LJMU has links to over 450 different employers in the North West and strong partnerships with both primary and secondary schools, which means there are fantastic work placement opportunities at all levels of your degree.

Typical career options:

  • PE teacher (following the completion of relevant Initial Teacher Training programmes)
  • fitness/activity instructor
  • club coach
  • business sector graduate training schemes
  • educational management
  • public service occupations (including police, education and children’s services)

Sport and nutrition for health

You’ll be equipped with the skills, knowledge and networks to develop a career within health improvement, public health nutrition, and/or sport and physical activity development. Work-related learning is key to the success of this programme. You’ll be able to apply theoretical understanding to practical situations, make more informed career choices, develop your professional networks and identify essential workplace skills. Access to an extensive range of providers across the region, including local authorities and health service providers, community schemes for food, health, sport and physical activity, and local schools will enhance your career prospects. It is a perfect time to join this growing industry which is expected to expand over the next decade to meet and cope with the ever increasing health needs of the population.

Typical career options:

  • health improvement officer/manager
  • sport development officer/manager
  • dietetic assistant
  • public health nutritionist
  • community health worker (food and physical activity) and manager

Sport coaching

As the programme is accredited under the SkillsActive and sports coach UK’s Higher Education Endorsement Scheme you can be sure you are getting a highly relevant and comprehensive curriculum and excellent placement opportunities to develop your coaching craft. There is an option to undertake specific governing body coaching awards on top of your degree.

Typical career options:

  • coaching in schools
  • teacher training
  • coaching elite sport
  • managerial positions
  • fast-track graduate schemes
  • setting up your own coaching business


LJMU is one of the leading dance institutions in the UK; you will be taught by experienced performers, choreographers and dance teachers. Graduates can pursue careers in performance, arts administration, education and community work. Many of our students have gone on to perform professionally, form their own company or work as freelance dance artists.

Typical career options:

  • independent performer
  • choreographer/director in community dance
  • theatre manager/administrator
  • arts centre manager
  • setting up your own dance company
  • dance teacher (from Key Stage 3 up to BTEC)
  • public relations and marketing

Outdoor education

As economic growth within this industry is set to exceed the national average over the next 10 years, this is a healthy sector to enter. With an emphasis on practical experience, graduates of this programme could look forward to careers in environmental education, instructing outdoor or adventure activities, or leading oversees expeditions. Over the past three years 96% of our graduates have found employment within six months of graduation, with over 65% of these working in jobs directly related to the degree. Alongside this course you will have the opportunity to acquire a number of key outdoor leadership national governing body awards as LJMU is a provider of Mountain Training Board National Governing Body Awards and British Canoe Union Award Training and Assessments.

Typical career options:

  • outdoor centre teacher
  • overseas expedition leader
  • outdoor coach
  • PE teacher
  • geography teacher
  • environmental education
  • field studies teacher
  • development training
  • outdoor skills training
  • adventure tourism

Tourism and leisure management

The multi-billion pound tourism and leisure sectors offer a vast range of careers in planning, marketing, management, hospitality and events. Some of our recent graduates have been employed by Liverpool City Region, the Marriott Hotel, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, local authorities, tourism operators, travel agencies, heritage and arts organisations, and charitable organisations.

Typical career options:

  • marketing or management in tourism
  • promotions and operations
  • teaching
  • community leisure operations
  • arts and heritage management
  • working in museums and galleries
  • retailing
  • media
  • travel representatives
  • hospitality management

Events management

Business visits and events are worth over £22 billion to Britain’s economy so as an events management graduate you can expect to enjoy excellent career prospects. Your course will provide you with an great foundation and wide knowledge base so you’ll feel confident to pursue a range of careers within local authorities or in the commercial or voluntary sector.

Typical career options:

  • event administration
  • event tourism and hospitality
  • managing exhibitions, conventions or meetings
  • sporting event management
  • arts, fashion or music event coordinator
  • venue management
  • setting up your own event management company

Food and nutrition

Offering a range of diverse and interesting career prospects, this sector is an exciting area to move into. Possible career pathways for nutrition graduates include working within a commercial, community or healthcare-related setting. We prepare you with a comprehensive overview of nutrition taking in the scientific, social and commercial aspects. The course is accredited by the Association for Nutrition, meaning that when you graduate you will be entitled to apply for associate membership of the UK voluntary register of nutritionists. This accreditation ensures that the knowledge you will develop as part of your course is up-to-date and relevant for a range of careers and employers within these fields.

Students of the food development programme will have the chance to complete industrial and work-related placements, including an optional paid full-time sandwich year placement with market leaders such as Heinz, Marks and Spencer, PepsiCo and Meyer Group. Such experience will help you build up your networks and develop your professional skills.

Typical career options:

  • trained nutritionist (nutrition graduates)
  • food product development
  • food marketing
  • food quality and safety
  • management and technical support
  • food journalism
  • teaching
  • appliance development
  • health promotion

How we'll help you achieve your dream career

Here are just a few ways we can help you reach your goals:

We will ensure our courses are professionally relevant

You will benefit from training and educational opportunities that are designed specifically to ensure that employer expectations are met and that you as a potential employee are equipped to add value to an organisation. You can confidently apply for a range of posts knowing that you have gained many of the prerequisite skills needed for a variety of career opportunities.

We will help you find career-enhancing placements

We work closely with the big names in our industries which means you’ll have access to placements and potential networking opportunities to help you kick start your career. We work with a wide range of organisations including Liverpool City Council, the Marriott Hotel, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Heinz, Marks and Spencer, PepsiCo, Meyer Group, county sport partnerships and national governing bodies of sport (such as England Hockey, England Handball and GB Taekwondo), and the Royal Marines to name but a few.

Students also have opportunities to study and work abroad. For example, students of the Sport Coaching degree have an opportunity to take part in UK Sport's IDEALS programme, which includes a trip to Namibia to deliver sport development and coaching activities to local communities.

Practical learning is a key part of your course

Work-related learning is key to the success of most of our programmes. The courses within the School have a practical focus so that you can ensure you are work-ready. For example, students in the Events Management programme have an opportunity to run their own live event: working with real clients, venues and attendees.

We will maintain our accreditations by professional bodies

Many of our degree programmes are accredited by professional bodies:

  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition is accredited by the Association for Nutrition
  • BA (Hons) Sport Coaching is accredited under the SkillsActive and sports coach UK’s Higher Education Endorsement Scheme – LJMU is the only university in the North West to receive this endorsement for its coaching programme
  • BA (Hons) Tourism and Leisure Management is recognised by the Tourism Management Institute (TMI), the professional body for destination management practitioners
  • BA (Hons) Events Management staff are members of the Association of Events Management Education and regularly work alongside them to further develop the programme
  • BSc (Hons) Food Development and Nutrition staff are members of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, the International Federation for Home Economics and the UK Association for Nutrition

We will create and maintain connections to the professional community

We regularly invite guest speakers so that you are kept up-to-date with new innovations and developments within the industry. For example, the academic team behind the Dance Practices course have extensive connections and are able to bring in guest artists to lead workshops and use technology to link up with universities overseas including the Nova Southeaster University in Florida, USA. The team also have professional links to People Dancing (Foundation for Community Dance) and partnerships with Taciturn Dance and Stop Gap Integrated Dance, and are part of a North West dance teachers’ consortium. They regularly support external events and conferences, represent the University on International Day of the Disabled Person and perform annually at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You will benefit from the support of a Student Development Coordinator

Your Student Development Coordinator can help you with employability support such as writing CVs and cover letters and help with interview skills; personal development planning, referrals to career advisors and employability advisors, placement support, graduate skills and much more.

You will have access to careers support

Our careers service offers a wide range of resources to help you plan your next step, both while you are at university and after you graduate.

We offer in-depth careers advice and guidance, a My Jobs & Placements website for placements and graduate jobs, opportunities to meet and engage with employers and an extensive programme of careers and employability workshops, all designed to help you get the job you want.

Find out more about how our careers service can help you.

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.