Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science

Choosing a course can be a difficult decision, so we have created some useful resources to help your students broaden their knowledge of studying Sport and Exercise Science at university.

100%overall student satisfaction - BA (Hons) Sport Management **National Student Survey 2020
90%overall student satisfaction - BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science**National Student Survey 2020

Whether your students want to become a sport coach, rehabilitation specialist, performance analyst or a health advisor, our applied courses will get their career off to a flying start. Our hands-on approach to study helps ensure students are ready for the world of work. 

Our students hone their skills in exceptional facilities, using sophisticated technology and equipment, replicating what they will encounter in the workplace. Take a virtual tour of our facilities.

Students also have the opportunity to undertake work placements and exciting internship opportunities in placements such as Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, Special Olympics, YouthSport Trust and Derbyshire County Football Club. Some also go on to secure employment upon graduation as a result of their placements. View our Sport Management video, where our graduates Grace Vivian and Jack Webster tell us about their time studying at Derby, and how the course's placement opportunities led to graduate employment at Derby County Cricket Club. 

To find out more about studying Sport at Derby, download our Sport and Exercise Science brochure and explore our Virtual Open Day.

Jack Burnell is a GB Swimmer and Olympian who is currently training for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Jack is also a University of Derby alumnus and gives his top tips for sport students looking to combine studying with their passion for sport. Watch the video.


The University of Derby is a sporting hub for talented athletes and coaches. We have a track record of improving the performance of our University Sports Clubs and we have created an infrastructure to provide support for talented athletes.

The Team Derby Sports Scholarship programme aims to help our talented athletes realise their sporting potential and support them through their academic studies. The athletes can access an impressive package of support tailored towards their needs, delivered by our experienced and qualified team.

The sports scholarships cater for student athletes competing at a high county level up to senior internationals and studying an undergraduate, postgraduate or online degree. For more information about Team Derby take a look at their webpage.

Clarence Clark completed his bachelors degree in America, but has come to Derby to complete his MBA as a Sport Scholar. He shares his experience of coming over from the United states and his passion for sport - he says “I can't thank the people here at Derby enough for giving me this opportunity and allowing me to come over here and study and play.” Watch the video.
Will Perrett also talks about his story, having completed his degree as a part-time scholarship student, he developed the training and study balance that suits him. Watch the video.