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Sport and exercise

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Sport and exercise

What makes a good coach? What is the secret behind the world’s fastest sprinter?

Fitness and health are both issues prevalent on the current public agenda, consequently society needs trained professionals to analyse the impact of lifestyle choices, as well as explore the science to help the body perform to its full potential. 

Our BSc Sports and Exercise Science combines learning from biology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology in a science-based programme. With sport playing such a huge role in society, opportunities at both recreational and elite sporting level will turn your passion for fitness and health into a career.

Our BSc Sports Performance and Coaching course is ideal for those who want to coach people of a variety of levels and ages. With our links with national governing bodies such as Volleyball England, Basketball England, Rugby Football Union and Lawn Tennis Association, you will gain valuable experience working as a coach, and coaching education workshops and courses. 

 
Why study here?
  • 91% of our sports science students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2019).
  • 90% of our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017).
  • We are ranked top 10 in the UK for sports science (Guardian University Guide 2020).
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"All academics are extremely helpful and incredibly knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas. Their expertise, experience and enthusiasm really enables students to develop and grow throughout their university career."
Nikki Twine BSc Sport and Exercise Science
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Make a difference to the lives of people of all ages.

Fitness and health are both issues prevalent on the current public agenda, consequently society needs trained professionals to analyse the impact of lifestyle choices, as well as explore the science to help the body perform to its full potential. 

Sport and exercise science combines learning from biology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology in a science based programme. With sport playing such a huge role in society, opportunities at both recreational and elite sporting level will turn your passion for fitness and health into a career.

Postgraduate study will allow you to work alongside internationally recognised academics by collaborating on research on campus, using facilities such as our Human Performance Unit. Our multidisciplinary approach also means that you will be able to work in the field with external partners and other departments.  

Why study here?
  • Join our Health, Exercise and Active Lifestyle Unit (HEAL) group to conduct innovative and world-leading research in areas such as green exercise.
  • Research the performance of elite athletes with our staff in the Sports Performance and Fatigue Unit (SPF).
  • 97% of our postgraduate School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences students are in professional employment or further postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2017)
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Make a difference to the lives of people of all ages.

Fitness and health are both issues prevalent on the current public agenda, consequently society needs trained professionals to analyse the impact of lifestyle choices, as well as explore the science to help the body perform to its full potential. 

Sport and exercise science combines learning from biology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition and psychology in a science based programme. With sport playing such a huge role in society, opportunities at both recreational and elite sporting level will turn your passion for fitness and health into a career.

Postgraduate study will allow you to work alongside internationally recognised academics by collaborating on research on campus, using facilities such as our Human Performance Unit. Our multidisciplinary approach also means that you will be able to work in the field with external partners and other departments.  

 
"I came to Essex to undertake multiple applied research projects with elite athlete populations, present my work at international conferences, and develop my critical thinking and research skills. As a result of this, I was able to secure a role as a Senior Performance Pathway Scientist, working within UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport, where my role involved providing technical and research support across multiple Olympic and Paralympic sports. I am currently Senior Talent Pathway Scientist at the FA."
Catherine Hesford PhD Sport and Exercise Science
Why study here?
  • Join our Health, Exercise and Active Lifestyle Unit (HEAL) to conduct innovative and world-leading research in areas such as green exercise.
  • Research the performance of elite athletes with our staff in the Sports Performance and Fatigue Unit (SPF).
  • Develop skills using state-of-the-art equipment in biomechanics, physiology, psychology and biochemistry.
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