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Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Sport is a hugely popular area to work in – which means it’s highly competitive. Our Strength and Conditioning MSc and Sports Science MRes offer the academic expertise, hands-on experience and world-class facilities that will give you the edge. It’s what you would expect from a university in the Olympic borough that played such a key part in the London Games.

School of Health, Sport and Bioscience

    Our researchers made a major contribution to our superb performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 86 per cent of our Allied Health submission was rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This makes us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.


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


    Coaches involved in our courses include Vern Gambetta, founding father of functional sports training and formerly strength and conditioning coach for Major League Baseball team Chicago White Sox. Others include Olympic silver medal-winning sprinter Clarence Callender and Commonwealth weightlifting champion Giles Greenwood.

Why us?

Most people who want to work in the sports industry study for an MSc. Our master’s courses are carefully tailored to maximise your employability within sport, providing you with professional expertise and top-class facilities.

We’ve benefited from a substantial investment in sport in recent years, which led to us being recognised as the ‘most improved sports university in the UK’ by the British University and Colleges Sports Association in 2011. And we’ve continued to improve ever since.

Our £21 million SportsDock facility at our Docklands campus houses a specialist strength and conditioning unit, physiology laboratories and new lecture theatres.

UEL Docklands Campus

The MRes course is aimed at students working towards a career in sports research and it offers a wealth of potential subject areas for your main task of a supervised individual research project.

The Strength and Conditioning MSc will give you theory and practice. We have strong links with professional football clubs including Leyton Orient (official partners of UEL) and West Ham United, as well as UK Athletics and Essex County Cricket Club.

Learning By Doing


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.

The Applied Sports Sciences Research Group focuses on how sport and physical activity impact on social, psychological and physiological outcomes. It has steadily increased its peer-reviewed research since being established in 2011.

Lindsay Bottoms, who has completed research at the Australian Institute of Sport, has published on the subject of "The effects of carbohydrate ingestion on the badminton serve following fatiguing exercise" in the Journal of Sports Sciences.

She has also presented a talk to the American College of Sports Medicine on "The placebo and nocebo effects of a ‘brand new sports drink’ on peak minute power during incremental arm crank ergometry."
UEL Research