Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

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Serious about physical health, mental health, and sport

The School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences provides cutting-edge programmes in sport and exercise science, physiotherapy, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, sports performance and coaching and sports therapy.


As a large school, we offer a wide range of programmes to our students with a blend of experiential learning. We offer undergraduate and Masters degree courses, Continuing Professional Development pathways, and postgraduate research programmes in subject areas of sports and exercise sciences, sport and exercise psychology, physiotherapy, sports therapy, strength and conditioning, musculoskeletal practice, and sports performance and coaching. SRES is recognised across the world for taking equal excellence in education and research.



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Top 25 for Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023)
92% our School's UG graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
23rd in UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (THE research power measure, REF 2021)
27th in the UK for Sports Science in The Guardian University Guide 2024
Dr Sue Innes using an ultrasound to check a patients arm.
A physiotherapist checking a patient's leg.
A student using a protractor to check the angle of a persons knee.
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The University of Essex has significantly expanded SRES state-of-the-art facilities for research and education since the opening of our new facility in January 2018 with further renovation in Summer 2021. We are a dynamic, research-active school, consisting of emerging and world-leading researchers with an international reputation for cutting-edge research.



Our four research clusters explore basic science questions alongside projects with strong societal impact. The groups have received funding from a range of prestigious organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, Academy of Medical Sciences, Leverhulme Trust, National Institute for Health Research, International Olympic Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency, Union of European Football Associations, Sport England, England Cricket Board, Royal Ballet, Rugby Football Union, British Heart Foundation and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust.


Professor Ian Maynard, Head of SRES
Our goal is to become a ‘player’ on both a national and international stage and bring an integration of the different disciplines to create cutting-edge teaching and research programmes, with real world impact. Our aim is to make a difference. 
Professor Ian Maynard Head of school


We have an outstanding reputation for both education and research. We were ranked in the top 25 for Sports Science in the Times Good University Guide 2023, and 23rd in the UK for research power in sport and exercise sciences (Times Higher Education research power measure, REF 2021).

Whatever your path, you'll find an active and engaged community of sport, exercise and therapy professionals, who will help you develop the skills you need for your future.


Dr Sue Innes using an ultrasound to check a patients arm.
Continuing Professional Development

Are you a clinician in the musculoskeletal field who wants to advance their practice? Do you want to access musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging? Our CPD pathways allow you to do just that!

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Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
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Telephone: 01206 873354