School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Research Led Teaching

Research-led teaching in Sport and Exercise Science

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree programme allows you to develop advanced research skills. 

The degree has a strong scientific approach with a strong emphasis on the development of key practical skills, both in the laboratory and in the field. These will be attractive to employers in sectors including:

  • professional sport
  • industry
  • health promotion and education

In your final year you complete a research project on a topic that interests you. This gives you practical experience of planning and conducting research and boosting your CV with desirable research skills.

Most students do their project work with one of our sport and exercise science lecturers in an area that they work in as a researcher. You may also have the opportunity to work alongside scientists within affiliated research institutes. You'll develop advanced scientific skills and get an insight into a career as a researcher.

Your project may be:

  • a laboratory based project
  • a field based project with sport teams
  • a project with a local school or college
  • a community based project
  • a survey or questionnaire based project
  • an IT-based project

Sport and Exercise Science Research

Research areas our staff are currently working in include:

  • Interventions to maximise recovery after exercise
  • The effects of physical activity in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s
  • The effect of diet and exercise on musculoskeletal health in older adults
  • Mental wellbeing in professional football players
  • Measurement of walking patterns to help earlier and more accurate diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's and dementia
  • Using wearable technology to assess long-term walking behaviour in the community
  • Environmental physiology and human performance
  • Ischemic preconditioning and blood flow restriction 
  • Skeletal muscle oxidative function
  • Ergogenic supplements to enhance performance