Welcome to the 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. Please read our communication for new and continuing Sport and Exercise Sciences students for the 2020-21 academic year.
Professor David Richardson
Director of the 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.
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.
Explore the School
Top sport and exercise science department in the country (REF 2014)*
of graduates from the School were in jobs or further study six months after graduating**
for Sports Science Complete University Guide 2021
We aim to make a difference. We aim to make things better.
9th best department in the world
The School has been named the 9th best department in the world and the sixth best in Europe in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017 for the Sports Sciences subject area, highlighting the School’s global research influence. The School was ranked amongst 400 worldwide sport-related units that actively engage in research in this field. Through ShanghaiRanking, the official publisher of the ARWU, the ranking system is designed to discover world-class research within institutions with a subject focus on sport sciences.
Top ranked for research in the UK*
The School is a research-informed department and houses its own Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES). 97% of our research activity is rated world-leading or internationally excellent, making us the top ranked institution in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences at the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014*.
Athena Swan Bronze award
The School was awarded Athena SWAN Bronze status in 2019. The Athena Swan award 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.
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
- 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
* Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight.
** LJMU Graduate Destinations Report 2017