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Sport and Exercise Science Courses

TEF Gold - we're rated gold for teaching excellence


£150 million invested in facilities in the last 10 years
96% of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating


The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Top 20 university for teaching quality

With superb facilities, expert staff and exciting real world learning experiences, our sport courses will help you to understand the role of sport in modern society and how you can make an impact.

Our teaching team includes accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy. They are also members of leading professional bodies.

The Applied Approach

"The applied nature of the course was something that was eye-catching on my visit to the University’s 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. 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, and friendly and have such in-depth knowledge of the subject area."

95% of our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course (National Student Survey, 2017)

Specialist Facilities

During your Sport and Exercise Science studies, you can take full advantage of the facilities in our new Sports Centre, including:

Accreditations and Endorsements

Our BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), and our BSc (Hons) Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists.

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Placements and Internships

To give you the best possible preparation for life after study, you’ll have the opportunity to go on placements and internships with our partners; our students have enjoyed placements with Derby County FC, Leicester City FC, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derventio Swimming Club and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport, as well as local schools, hospitals and leisure centres.


Take a look at our Sport and Exercise newsletters:

University of Derby Sport and Exercise Newsletter September 2016               University of Derby Sport and Exercise Newsletter March 2016               University of Derby Sport and Exercise Newsletter November 2015

What our Sport and Exercise Science graduates do

Career opportunities open to graduates include:

  • Football Coach
  • Performance Analyst
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Female Football Activator
  • Sports Coach
  • Health Advisor
  • Lifestyle Advisor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Lecturer