School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Welcome to the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. The School is recognised as a world-leading department where students are exposed to an innovative, research-led and applied curriculum. Our staff are extremely friendly, supportive and committed to the enhancement of your learning experience. We continually encourage you to challenge the status quo and subsequently seek to make a difference to professional practice, performance and the wider society.

Dr Rebecca Murphy, Interim Director, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The home of sport and exercise sciences

At the forefront of innovation and development in sport and exercise sciences since 1975.

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Our School philosophy is guided by the following principle

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was the first institution in the world to host a single honours degree programme in Sport Science back in 1975. We were also the first academic department to offer a single honours degree programme in Science and Football in 1998. The School continues to be at the forefront of development and innovation in sport and exercise sciences and is truly recognised as a world-leading department. The School was awarded Athena SWAN Bronze status in 2019. This demonstrates the School’s commitment to gender equality and ensures our continued investment in the implementation of enhanced practices and systems in order to drive the equality of opportunity for all.

We provide opportunities for students to develop high levels of critical thinking and to be equipped with the practical skills to make improvements to professional practice, to performance and, ultimately, to improve lives.

The School operates across a range of domains that include cellular, molecular and clinical fields, through to an understanding of more behavioural, personal, community and humanistic existence; from early years through to later years and from health through to elite sport performance environments. In all of these domains we are committed to making a difference by enhancing the lives of others. Students entering the School are taught first to understand and then challenge and enhance existing theory, research and practice aligned to, or influenced by, sport, physical activity, nutrition, exercise and health. We are proud of our ability to deliver an innovative, research-led and employability-focused experience where students are challenged yet thoroughly supported.


of research in Sport and Exercise Sciences is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)


of graduates from the School secure employment or are in further study 15 months after graduating**


in the World for Sports Science (QS World University Rankings 2022)

Who we work with

We have strong links with an array of sporting governing bodies both locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Aintree University Hospital
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Autism Together
  • Blackburn Rovers FC
  • Bolton Arena
  • Bolton Wanderers FC
  • British Horseracing Authority
  • Centre for Health and Human Performance
  • City of Liverpool Trampolining Gymnastics Academy
  • Clinical Sciences Centre
  • Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Crewe Alexandra FC
  • Ealing Trailfinders RFC
  • English Institute of Sport
  • Everton FC (Men’s and Ladies)
  • Fleetwood Town FC
  • Fowler Education Football Academy
  • Healthiness Ltd
  • Liverpool County FA
  • Liverpool FC Women
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue
  • Mersey Forest
  • Merseyside Nighthawks
  • Merseyside Sport Partnership
  • Nutrition X
  • Sale Sharks RLFC
  • Sport Institute Scotland
  • Skills4Podium
  • Strong UK Ltd
  • Team Wiggins Cycling
  • Tranmere Rovers Football Club
  • Warrington Rowing Club
  • Warrington Wolves and Warrington Wolves Ladies RLFC
  • Widnes Vikings Rugby
  • Wirral Heart Support Centre

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