Sport and Exercise postgraduate courses

Reach the top of your game on our pioneering sports courses. Whether you want to undertake ground-breaking research or become a sports and exercise practitioner, our courses reflect the national drive for higher professional standards across the sector.

Benefit from top-class facilities and support from an expert team of academics with our postgraduate courses, which provide you the route to a fulfilling career as a sport and exercise professional. 

100%of students agreed that staff were enthusiastic**MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
94%of our students were satisfied with the overall course quality**MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
100%of students agreed staff were good at explaining things**MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

The course has opened my eyes to a career in academia and research. The biggest impact would be that the staff on the course have pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to try new things.

Lewis Spencer
MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science graduate


Our state-of-the-art facilities, complete with cutting edge technology for measuring performance, help you produce groundbreaking research into the sport and exercise discipline of your choice and prepare for your future career:

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The Human Performance Unit (HPU)

Our students benefit from working in a venue established to provide expert sport science services to sports clubs and individual athletes, from beginners to elite performers

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"I chose Derby as I believe this course, unlike other MSc courses I looked at, would provide me with the necessary skills and experience in sport and exercise physiology that would make me stand out against other candidates pursuing similar career pathways to myself.

"My biggest success so far, I would say is my involvement in my placement work; specifically, the work for the HPU in providing lactate threshold labs for recreational runners. I feel my confidence in my lab-based skills have been enhanced meanwhile gaining experience that is useful in a real-world setting i.e. the importance of Health and Safety and participant wellbeing."

Callum Thomas, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences student


In preparation for his upcoming marathon, Jake Lowe from Running with Jake, worked with our expert Human Performance Unit team to understand how the application of science could improve performance:

undertaking research in the High Performance Unit

What our Sport and Exercise graduates do

Postgraduate education extends your knowledge, skills and confidence in ways which enhance your employability and open doors to new career prospects. Our previous students have gone into different career pathways, based on the skills and qualifications gained during their programme, such as:

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Postgraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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