Sport and Exercise

Guaranteed work experience

You'll undertake a placement, internship or volunteering opportunity

Top 20 for Graduate Success

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 25 for Teaching Quality

Times Good University Guide 2022

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.

Many of our Sport and Exercise courses are also accredited by industry regulatory bodies. These include: The Society of Sports Therapists, The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, and The British Psychological Society. 

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. 

Studying Sport and Exercise - The Highlights

Studying Sport and Exercise - The Highlights


Our Sport and Exercise students discuss the highlights of the time on their course at Staffordshire University.



Football Coaching and Performance BSc (Hons)

Study options
Full-time, accelerated

Sport and Exercise Psychology BSc (Hons)

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

Optional pathways in Strength and Conditioning.

Study options
Foundation year

Sports Coaching BA (Hons)

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Foundation year

Sports Therapy BSc (Hons)

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Taught courses

Applied Research MSc

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

Applied Sport and Exercise Science MSc

Study options
Part-time, distance learning

Clinical Biomechanics MSc

Study options
Part-time, blended learning

Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc

Study options
Full-time, distance learning
Part-time, distance learning

Sports Coaching MSc

Study options
Part-time, distance learning

Teacher training

Secondary Physical Education PGCE

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Research courses

Healthcare Science Professional Doctorate

Study options
Full-time, blended learning
Part-time, blended learning

We promote health and wellbeing and effective teaching and learning through our extensive research in sport and exercise, biomechanics and biomedical science, and psychology, and our work in the area of education supports access and inclusive pedagogic practice.


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Sports Equipment

Our facilities include a vast array of industry standard equipment, from our cryotherapy and electrotherapy machines to our eye tracker software.

Work experience and careers

Work experience

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.

Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University

Sport and Exercise at Staffordshire University


Find out more about the great range of Sport and Exercise undergraduate degrees available at Staffordshire University.


Our Sports and Exercise graduates have secured careers in professional sport, health, and teaching. 

Employment opportunities 

 Our graduates have found employment in the following job roles, among others: 

  • Sports therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Peformance Analyst
  • Match Analyst
  • PE Teacher
  • Head of PE
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Strength and conditioning Coach
  • Sports Scientist
  • Personal trainer 
  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Exercise Psychologist
  • Peformance Consultant
  • Athlete Career and Education Advisor
  • Wellness Coach

Our postgraduate taught courses support career and professional development by allowing you via a postgraduate qualification to progress with opportunities to become accredited within your specialist area, if that is an option (e.g. sport and exercise science via the British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES), or Sport & Exercise Psychology via the British Psychological Society (BPS) or Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) routes.

Our students

Many extra opportunities were also provided to develop vital skills, which in turn lead to better career prospects.

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.

Megan Goodfellow

Student, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

I feel the connections and knowledge I am gaining from this course will enable me to seriously fulfil my ambition.

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 fulfil 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.

Stephen Coates

Student, BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance

The lecturers engage with students individually or in small groups which allows you to have an active role.

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.

Christie Scanlon

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

I would 100% recommend this degree.

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.  

Emily James

BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport Coaching

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.

Christopher Maginis

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

Fantastic university with a warm friendly environment.

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.   

Sam Richardson

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

The facilities are perfect with very advanced equipment.

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.

Anthony Miller

Sports Development and Coaching  

Our staff

Ashley Gill

Course 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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Trevor Barter

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Sport & Exercise

Trevor's areas of interest include exercise physiology, Sports Nutrition, principles of training and in particular, drugs in sport. He teaches modules in swimming, nutrition, the principles of training and drugs in sport.

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Dr Jacky Forsyth

Associate Professor

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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Dr James Capper

Head Of Department-Sport & Exercise

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

Senior 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.

Naomi's profile

John Erskine

Senior 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.

Matt's story

Nina Davies

Graduated 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.

Nina's story

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.

Abbie's story

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.

Kieran's story

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.

Liz's story

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.

Jonathan's story

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.

Paul's story

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.

Simon's story
University of the Year

Edufuturist Awards 2021

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

Top 20 for Job Prospects

Student Crowd Universities Awards 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022


QS Star Ratings 2021