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Study sport
  • star quality

    We’re 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.

  • World-leading research

    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.

  • 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.

About 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.

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.

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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

Our facilities

UEL houses both Exercise Physiology labs and Biomechanics labs serviced by full-time laboratory technicians. The Exercise Physiology laboratory can be controlled for temperature and humidity. This facility allows the assessment of fitness components from those that are vital for every day health to those important for elite performance. The facilities within the laboratory allow for a breadth of assessments, dependent on individual needs. Central to the laboratory is a HP Cosmos Saturn treadmill, which is used for walking and running assessments, but which can also accommodate bicycles and wheelchairs. This treadmill has the capacity to go 50 km/h and at an incline of 25%. Cardiovascular fitness can be assessed using a Cosmed K5 or Carefusion CPET  expired gas analysis and is most commonly used during a VO2max test. Further testing is available in the labs, including blood lactate, glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, haemoglobin and creatine kinase measurements. Fully equipped biomedical analytical laboratories are also available elsewhere on the Stratford campus offer more extensive forms of analysis.

Multiple ergometers such as bike, rowing machines, arm cranks and wheelchair rollers allows sport-specific evaluation of cardiovascular fitness. Often in sport it is important to be able to develop power and this can be assessed using the famous Wingate cycle test, or with the Newtest, Bower and fusion Sport sprint test systems or more in field equipment such as Polar Teamwear2 or Catapult GPS systems. Assessment of health-related fitness is another main area of assessment. This might include blood pressure, body composition, strength, flexibility, lung function, nutritional status and heart rate. The Sport and Exercise Biomechanics facilities focus upon the evaluation and development of sport and exercise techniques. Facilities include: VICON 3-Dimensional motion analysis system; a number of force plates; RSscan Pressure assessment system; BIODEX Isokinetic dynamometer; Noraxon Electromyography (EMG) module’; QUINTIC 2-Dimensional video analysis system.

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

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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.

More detail on our specific research focuses can be found on the research page.


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.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • 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 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.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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