Sport Science


School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

World-class facilities

£38 million has been invested into state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for our current and future sport and exercise scientists.

All of our labs are furnished with state-of-the-art equipment which enables our students, researchers and partners to enhance their understanding of the science behind human performance and behaviour.

Take a virtual tour of our facilities in the Tom Reilly Building, Primrose Hill, Life Sciences Building, IM Marsh Campus and the new Copperas Hill Building scheduled for completion in 2021.

Tom Reilly Building

The £26 million state-of-the-art Tom Reilly Building is the hub of the School and is named after Professor Tom Reilly. Tom completed the first ever PhD in sport science in 1975. Tom has subsequently been credited as the person responsible for forging the rich heritage of sport and exercise scientific study at Liverpool Polytechnic, LJMU and beyond.

Tom Reilly building

The Tom Reilly Building contains world-class laboratories that facilitate the delivery of a research-informed curriculum alongside the development of high-quality applied and theory enhancing research.

Sport science laboratory

At any given time in our facilities you’ll find an array of elite athletes, students, sports scholars, the public, LJMU sports teams, recreational athletes and others involved in performance, exercise testing or as participants in research projects.

Primrose Hill

This building was first established in 2005 following the award of £4.5 million from HEFCE in recognition of LJMU’s excellence in sport and physical activity. The foyer area houses a contemporary social space for students with PCs. The LJMU ‘High Performance Gym’ is a state of the art facility, within the heart of the city centre, that hosts the delivery of strength and conditioning (S&C) based work to LJMU Sport Scholars, LJMU sports teams and is also an official TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) site. The gym offers the use of the latest S&C technology and Perform Better equipment alongside the weightlifting platforms, free weights and a variety of equipment. Further to this, there is a mezzanine floor equipped with Watt Bikes, treadmills, rowing machines, cross-trainers and hand-based elliptical machines. The facility is also used for teaching across many programmes such as; MSc Strength and Conditioning, BSc Sport and Exercise Science and BSc Science and Football.

Sport science gym

The Performance Analysis suite contains 20 Apple iMac computers with industry standard match analysis software, Hudl Sportscode. This suite is used to prepare students for performance analysis projects and an optional year long sandwich year on the BSc Science and Football programme with club and organisation partners. Our performance analysis staff also work with key organisations and industry partners to exchange knowledge and expertise. As a result our award-winning performance curriculum (Educate the North – Commercial Engagement Award 2016), bespoke learning resources for domestic and international football clubs and specific consultancy agreements for football associations worldwide.

Sport science teaching

Life Sciences Building

Mechanistic, cellular and molecular physiology research is supported in the adjacent £8.5m refurbished Life Sciences Building (LSB), which houses exceptional laboratories for biomolecular and stem cell biology.

Two LJMU students in a science laboratory


  • an imaging suite (confocal and wide-field fluorescence microscopy with tile scanning and automated image analysis; inverted light microscopy; transmission and scanning electron microscopy) for visualisation of cells and sections of muscle (heart and skeletal), tendon, bone, adipose tissue, vascular endothelium and smooth muscle cell layers; 
  • a cell culture suite including live cell imaging, laser microdissection and 3-D culture of muscle cells and organoculture of commercial and primary human cells (muscle, adipose, endothelial) with age, injury and exercise models of mechanical stretch, load and electrical stimulation and an Alligator Luminescence System that enables circadian rhythm assessment, calcium recordings (Aequorin) and determination of cell metabolism via fluorescent and luminescent markers in multi-well plates.; 
  • molecular biology and biochemistry laboratories for mRNA, DNA and protein analyses (RT-PCR, DNA methylation and polymorphism analyses, Western blotting, ELISA and FLOW cytometric analyses); 
  • an HTA-approved LJMU human tissue bank, 
  • an HPLC suite, and 
  • a DNA/RNA suite with extensive PCR and sequencing facilities.  

Successful joint projects make use of the facilities overseen by the technology Directorate at the University of Liverpool and allow access to microCT and bioluminescence imaging, small animal MRI, metabolomics and next gen sequencing.

An LJMU students in a science laboratory

IM Marsh

The IM Marsh Campus offers a range of sporting facilities set within 7.5 hectares of green space. It is located in Aigburth, around 20 minutes away from Liverpool city centre. The campus is historically significant as Miss Irene M. Marsh set up her training college for women PE teachers on this site over 100 years ago.

IM Marsh Campus


  • playing fields
  • 36m by 36m sports hall, including courts and pitches
  • full-sized hockey astropitch
  • fully-equipped fitness suite
  • two gymnasiums
  • Strength and Conditioning fitness suite

As part of the University’s exciting capital development plans, courses currently based at IM Marsh are due to move into the new Copperas Hill development in Liverpool city centre in 2021.

Sports Science students on spinning bike machines

Copperas Hill

Due for completion in 2021, Copperas Hill will provide state-of-the-art sports facilities and teaching spaces in the heart of the city centre.

Artist impression Copperas Hill
Artist's impression of Copperas Hill entrance lobby.

As well as student services, Copperas Hill will contain eight courts sports hall to Sport England specification including, basketball, badminton, five-a-side, volleyball, netball, futsal, handball and two multi-purpose sports halls. There is also a gym over two floors which will include approximately 120 workstations.

Take a look at our pdf brochure of Copperas Hill and watch the short video below.