Sport and Exercise at Derby: Student Profiles
Magdalena Slavikova, BSc (Hons) Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
"Placement is a perfect opportunity to enrich yourself with new knowledge - you'll see how the world works. You'll meet new people and you'll gain and improve your skills and abilities useful for both study and life. It can open the door to your future career."
Ben de Vos, BA (Hons) Sport Management
"Being able to apply the theory into the real world working environment, alongside experts in the field, was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned and I knew we'd be part of something special, being one of the first institutions in the country to be offering such an opportunity."
Shridath Rey, BA (Hons) Sport Management
"This course gives you an early start into the sports industry with its work placements and modules. It is very enjoyable and the relationships you create with students, lecturers, entrepreneurs and successful businessmen will be with you forever".
Mark Faghy, PhD graduate
"The applied nature of the course was something that was eye-catching on my visit to the university on an open day. From day one of the course this was apparent with lots of practical sessions and hands on work throughout a number of the modules on the course. As a person who learns by doing, these activities were fantastic for me to develop. The course and facilities were constantly developing and improving allowing me to develop a broad set of skills that covered a number of key disciplines within sport science. The Sport Science staff are also an amazing team, they are very approachable, helpful, friendly and have such in-depth knowledge of the subject area".
Jamie Adams, graduate
"The support from the staff has been outstanding and they always have time for you. The facilities available are forever improving and I feel this course can help develop your career prospects in whichever field you are pursuing."
Joe Hatwell, graduate
"The tutors at the University are very passionate about their subject, very welcoming, and always willing to help you. The minute I walked through the doors at Derby, I just knew it was right for me. Hopefully I will have the chance to go on to do a PhD and become a lecturer. My research is a study into the effects of cold water cooling on sport performance. In particular, I am looking at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The hot climate will be a big challenge for sports teams and especially for England players as they are not accustomed to that level of heat. The university has given me a teaching assistant role, enabling me to apply what I learned in my undergraduate studies - and in my first year on this course - in practical sessions and lectures. It's great being able to cherry pick what you want to research and the area you would like to go into - for me, that's sport physiology. I'm also able to use the very latest equipment for my dissertation, such as the Cortex Metalyzer."
Calum Hayes: From University to Dream Job
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science graduate, Calum Hayes, used his degree to launch a career in the field. From internships at high-level Championship football clubs, Calum took advantage of great opportunities and implemented the course's real-world learning to work his way up the ladder at Walsall FC.