Sport at UEL

We provide a complete sport offering, including a range of sport-related courses. Our undergraduate and postgraduate sports programmes span four academic Schools and include courses such as BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, BA (Hons) Sports Journalism, MSc Sports Analytics and many more.

Sports scholars

We are the most ambitious and the most improved university in the UK for sport, our High Performance Support is paving the way in creating our world class athletic super stars.

Our sports scholars include Olympians and senior internationals who represent the University of East London at national and international university competitions.

Why choose us?

    We're the choice of some of the UK's most exciting young sports stars, including Adam Gemili who won gold in the 4 x 100m relay at the 2017 World Championships, world-class swimmer Aimee Willmott and European Cruiserweight boxing champion Lawrence Okolie.

    Our department has a comprehensive portfolio of industry links with organisations such as ActiveNewham and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We've also partnered with West Ham Foundation to deliver some of our courses, providing first-hand experience with a Premier League club.

    Our students have access to a range of student-led and teacher-led initiatives to support them in their studies and beyond. Our SMILES project allows students in their final year to peer mentor their fellow students in earlier years of study, providing first-class support and guidance. Our staff will also help you find a placement that suits you and fits in with your studies and other commitments.

    Our facilities

    Located on our Docklands Campus, SportsDock is home to Sport at UEL and is where much of our teaching on our courses takes place. Opened in 2011, the £21 million facility was the training base for TeamUSA in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    Since then we've also hosted sports teams and organisations both professional and amateur, as well as competitions on a local and global scale. Our Stratford Campus is where are industry standard scientific analysis equipment is located. Both our Exercise Physiology labs and Biomechanics labs are serviced by full-time laboratory technicians.

    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 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    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.

    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 graduate


    Graduates from our sports degrees have gone on to work in famous clubs, from West Ham to the New York Giants. A host of exciting career avenues will open up to you once you graduate. We've produced coaches, fitness club managers, sport therapists, personal trainers, and teachers.

    We pride ourselves on work placements and the relationships we have built with sports organisations and schools. Other graduates have gone on to work for employers as varied as Leyton Orient FC and the London Borough of Newham. We even managed to find one of our students, Marshall Tutu, some tennis opportunities between his studies. Now he's playing as a full-time professional.

    At UEL, you'll have access to:

    • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
    • Career Assessment, giving you the opportunity to learn about yourself and Career Coach will help you to discover career suggestions based on your interests. 
    • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
    • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
    • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies. 
    • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair. 
    • Support with setting up your own business.

    Our location

    Our location in one of Europe's largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements.

    From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

    Career Coach

    Use our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to.

    Get information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector.

    Or take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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    Some of our courses are accredited by their professional body, meaning the course content meets their high standards and the skills and knowledge you gain matches what employers are looking for in graduates.

    Sports Therapy - Society of Sports Therapists

    The Society of Sports Therapists was established in 1990 and today it is the lead organisation for sports therapists in the UK.

    Sport and Excercise Science - BASES

    The British Association of Sport and Excercise Sciences (BASES)  is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.

    Undergraduate courses

    MSci Sports Therapy (Integrated Masters)

    Our Sports Therapy degree produces sports therapists who've had the benefit of expert teaching, plenty of practical experience and whose skills are always in demand.

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    BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Performance (West Ham United Foundation)

    Become the highly qualified coach you've always wanted, design training programmes and analyse performance, with the expertise of West Ham United.

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    BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy

    If you want to work with injured athletes and help them back to full fitness and competition, this course is for you.

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    BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

    Study the role of physiology, psychology and nutrition in human performance; receive the education of a multi-disciplinary sports scientist.

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    BSc (Hons) Sport Physical Education and Development

    Get into the sports industry, study sport and physical education and development, and benefit from our inclusive approach to sport and PE.

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    BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

    Our Sports Journalism course offers an exciting but practical, hands-on approach to learning how to report on sport. You’ll be fully trained as a multi-platform journalist.

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    Postgraduate courses

    Msc Sport Analytics

    Study sport analytics and have access to reliable and valid information, maximising the value of data in the sports industry.

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    MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Physiology

    Train to work as an applied sport and exercise physiologist; learn the theoretical knowledge as well as the key practical skills.

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    MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Sciences (Sport Psychology)

    Our MSc immerses you into sport psychology in a supportive and challenging way.

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    MSc Applied Sport And Exercise Sciences (Strength And Conditioning)

    This course will develop skills and knowledge to allow you to have a sound knowledge base, that is applied into practice, to enhance performance.

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    MSc Sports Management

    Acquire the tools and skills you need to thrive in the world of sports management. Get a head start when it comes to finding work in the field.

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