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  • Follow in the footsteps of champions

    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.

  • Industry Collaboration

    Our department has a comprehensive portfolio of 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.

  • First-class Support

    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.

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 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. 

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

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.

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 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.

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.
  • 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 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!


the society of sports therapists, sport at UELSports 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.

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