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Sport and Exercise

Guaranteed work experience

You'll undertake a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity

Pathway courses

Choose to focus on key fields of study within selected courses and tailor your degree

Specialist laboratories

Our facilities include specialist laboratories and clinics to give you hands on experience

Study Sport and Exercise with us and you'll learn on some of the best undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK. 

From professional athletes to developing young people, you can be a key factor in the success of many sporting careers. As a sport and exercise student at Staffordshire University, you’re in safe hands, with extensive, industry-grade facilities to hand, expert academic staff, and active business links with the likes of Stoke City FC and Michael Jordan Performance.

Our staff aren’t just experts in academics either, they’re having international impact with their research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework our research was rated as being of international quality overall with 64% of the research considered either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our postgraduate courses are innovative, and adapting to the needs of modern students. Three of our courses (Sports Coaching, Applied Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise Psychology) are now delivered fully online. Whereas our MSc Clinical Biomechanics now offers a blended learning approach, combining face-to-face and online delivery for working students.

There’s more too, from time to time we also offer opportunities to study with us for an MPhil or PhD under supervision.

On selected courses, we are offering a new way to complete your degree: using pathways. This is an alternative route that you can choose to take in the second year of your full-time undergraduate degree. It will tailor the modules you take in the rest of your course to focus on an area that you are passionate about, or want to base your future career around. 


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University as an undergraduate you will have the opportunity of a work placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may link to your course, or it could be a broader experience. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

All our degrees combine academic study with lots of practical learning. This gives the best possible start for competing for jobs when you graduate. 

Throughout your degree, you'll develop the kind of skills employers prioritise. From communication and teamwork to digital literacy and critical thinking, you'll have it covered. You'll also gain hands-on experience with our Sports Therapy Injury and Peak Condition clinics. 

Work Experience: 

All undergraduates are guaranteed a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity. These will develop the skills employers are looking for. Recent placements include:  

  • Stoke City FC 

  • Port Vale FC 

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 

  • Shrewsbury Town FC 

  • Sale Sharks RFC  

  • Notts County FC 

Our blended, online and face to face Postgraduate taught degrees in Sport and Exercise have a strong theory to application emphasis. For example, our MSc in Clinical Biomechanics is designed to allow clinicians (e.g. podiatrists, physiotherapists) to apply knowledge gained directly and immediately into their clinical practice settings.  Our part time and full-time online MSc. courses give you the opportunity to relate delivered content to your own work experiences and share that insight with fellow online students in support of their learning. Where appropriate, you can also use your work environment to support your research activity – a key element of our MSc. courses.

Our students

Megan Goodfellow
Student, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

The best parts of studying Sport Science at Staffordshire University was gaining a hands-on experience, whether that was operating equipment in the physiology and biomechanics labs or coaching new skills to a group of students.

Many extra opportunities were also provided to develop vital skills, which in turn lead to better career prospects: A variety of coaching courses/badges are made available and opportunities to work with ‘real’ clients in the peak condition clinic are readily available - all things which look great on your CV.

Stephen Coates
Student, BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

This course will provide the opportunity to springboard me into education and become a PE teacher, I plan to complete my teacher training after the course. My main goal is to become a football coach within an academy and I feel the connections and knowledge I am gaining from this course will enable me to seriously fulfill my ambition.

Working in football is a very competitive environment and I believe the recognition of completing a sport related degree from Staffs Uni and the practical experience will help to make me stand out as an applicant.

Christie Scanlon
Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

The University is great at helping students develop communication skills, either written, oral or presentation.The use of interactive presentations, videos and social media platforms also built an interactive learning environment that increases learner engagement.

The lecturers also engage with students individually or in small groups which allows you to have an active role and grow in motivation and participation while on the course.

The University has also got some great relationships with leading institutions in the sporting industry, so my advice would be to get as much work experience as you can and make it worthwhile.

Emily James
BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching

I would 100% recommend this degree – it's completely tailored to being a PE teacher and if you know that’s what you want to do, I’d do it because it’ll give you all the professional development you need – all the coaching stuff you need and the teaching side of it.  

Christopher Maginis
Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

It is a great course, and if you put in the time and effort required you will get a lot out of it. Since graduating, I have started my Masters in Sports coaching at Staffs through distance learning, and I have started 2 coaching jobs.

There is a great learning environment at the University, and I am happy to be continuing my studies at Staffs even through distance learning.

Sam Richardson
Graduate, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching (Former title of our Sports Coaching degree)

Fantastic university with a warm friendly environment. The staff and students are all very friendly and helpful and the staff will always go the extra mile to help you to reach your full potential. I would not be in the position I am today if it was not for the support, advice and opportunities Staffordshire University has provided me with.   

Anthony Miller
Sports Development and Coaching  

I really enjoy the broad range of psychology content, the tutors are supportive and really helpful! The facilities are perfect with very advanced equipment, making my studies even more interesting. I particularly enjoy studies in anxiety and how this can influence sports performance.

Our staff

Ashley Gill
Ashley GillCourse Director

I have a multidisciplinary approach to sports education and aim to facilitate the learning of students to develop subject specific knowledge, and an overall understanding of sport and exercise.

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Dr Jacky Forsyth
Dr Jacky ForsythAssociate Professor (Tef)

Dr Jacky Forsyth is a Senior Lecturer in exercise physiology. She conducts a wide range of leading research around women in sport and exercise, and specialises in the relationship between ovarian hormones, exercise and health. Her research into …

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James Capper
James CapperHead Of Department-Sport & Exercise(Tef)

James graduated from Loughborough University in 2001 with a BSc in Physical Education and Sports Science and then completed an MSc in Information Technology. He completed a P.G.C.E. and taught for several years, while also holding whole schoo…

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Dr Naomi Ellis
Dr Naomi EllisSenior Lecturer

I've been involved with a number of research projects relating to physical activity and mental health, green space and health; health in mid-life; sport and mental health in prisons.

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John Erskine
John ErskineSenior Lecturer

The 2012 Olympic Games highlighted the growing impact and importance that sports coaches can have on athlete development. This online award is aimed at active, busy coaches who wish to up-skill their coaching knowledge and competencies to positi…

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Our graduates

Matt Roach Sports Therapy, 2015

After personal injury ended dreams of a professional football career Matt entered into sports therapy and now works for MK Dons rehabilitating injured players.

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Nina Davies , 2013

Nina chose to complete a Master’s degree to advance her career. She is now the Clinical Lead in Paediatrics at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Abbie Dagg Clinical Podiatric Biomechanics, 2011

Building confidence in her abilities during her degree, Abbie has since gained peer recognition having papers published, and is considering a PhD.

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Kieran Connolly Sports Development and Coaching, 2009

Kieran is hoping to be Chief Executive of a community sports organisation, working with young people, after being involved in an award winning sports programme.

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Liz Fletcher Sports Studies, 2003

Liz is Volleyball England’s relationship manager for Staffordshire and the Black Country. She also supports the development of both women’s and girls’ rugby.

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Jonathan Pace Sports Studies, 2000

Jonathan has used sport in the community to improve many people’s lives. He is now Head of Sports Development and Active Lifestyles at our Sport Centre.

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Paul Cheetham Sports Studies, 2000

Graduate Paul is the owner and managing director of Sedulo, an accountants and independent financial advisor working with sports teams and ex-professionals.

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Simon Nee Sport and Exercise Science, 2000

Simon moved to the USA to pursue a management career with a professional football club in a country with huge potential for the sport.

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