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Applied Sport and Exercise Science

UK Quality Assured

Whether you’re an international athlete or weekend warrior, sport has the ability to inspire you – and improve your health as well. It’s a global industry with great opportunities for exciting careers. In the shadow of London’s Olympic Park, we’ll give you a flying start. 

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience
  • star quality

    We’re already the choice of some of the UK’s most exciting young sports stars, including European 200 metres champion Adam Gemili, fellow GB sprinter Bianca Williams and world-class swimmer Aimee Willmott.
  • upward curve

    We were rated the ‘most improved sports university in the UK’ by the British University and Colleges Sports Association in 2011. And we’re getting even better, with a record 95 sports scholars joining us in 2014.
  • world-class facilities

    You’ll have access to truly outstanding sports facilities. TeamUSA were so impressed with our £21 million SportsDock facility that they made it their training base for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

Why us?

Our sports department is consistently ranked among the top three in London. We’re not blowing our own trumpet - it’s what our students say in their ‘satisfaction’ ratings.

We’ve made sure our courses give you the skills and credentials you need for a rewarding career in sport. You can learn about the science behind sporting performance in areas such as psychology, nutrition, and strength and conditioning.

It’s important to match theory with practical experience, so we’ll make sure you put your learning into practice during your course. When it comes to important work placements and internships, we have superb connections with clubs and sports organisations at local, national and international level.

UEL Docklands Campus
Our students regularly undertake placements at football clubs such as West Ham United, Derby County, Millwall and Essex County Cricket Club, while our sports therapy students have worked at the London and Berlin marathons.

In fact, our students have travelled the globe to develop their skills, with countries recently visited including the United States, China and Holland.
Learning By Doing


Sport can influence your work ethic in so many ways. I think as an athlete you need to understand how your body works, the biomechanics – and that helps me when I’m in the blocks to really get the biggest first step that I can.

Adam Gemili , BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, undergraduate 
Adam Gemili

What we’re researching

As you would expect from a university that’s such a close neighbour of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, our research is closely linked to the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

The focus of our work is twofold: to contribute to scientific knowledge about improving sports performance and to enhance the quality of life of people in our local community. Our research explores areas such as positive sport psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition and physical activity and wellbeing.

We’re committed to civic engagement – learning through real-life projects that benefit society – and our research impacts positively on the lives of our students and local people.

As part of the London 2012 Games legacy, for example, we’re involved in a huge, ongoing research project called ‘Newham Every Child a Sports Person’, which aims to get every Year 7 child at school in the London Borough of Newham to take up a sport and become physically active.

So far, findings from this project have been documented in four papers that have been submitted to various peer-reviewed journals, with a further six planned.