Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

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, sports performance and coaching, physiotherapy and sports therapy.

At Essex you can study a range of courses relating to sport, health and rehabilitation. We offer undergraduate and Masters degree courses, Continuing Professional Development pathways, and postgraduate research programmes in a range of subject areas from physiotherapy to sports science.

Our three research groups 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, International Olympic Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency, Sport England, Rugby Football Union, and British Heart Foundation.

We have an outstanding reputation for both education and research. We were ranked 9th in the Times Good University Guide for Sports Science in 2018, and 13th for research intensity in the REF2014, with many research activities rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. We consistently rank highly for both student satisfaction (91% of our sports science students expressed overall satisfaction with their course in NSS 2019) and employability (Top for graduate employability in sport science in TGUG 2019).

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


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choose us?

University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Top for graduate employability in sport science (TGUG 2019)
91% of our sports science students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019)
Top 10 for sports science (TGUG 2019)
13th for sports science, with our transformational student projects (REF 2014)
UoTY winners 2018
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
Our research

Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014).

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