• 85% of research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework 21 was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
• The Kent Sport Clinic is the largest in the South East and offers support to staff, students and members of the public.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is passionate about sport and the science behind it. From the outset, the range of our research has been broad. We work with elite athletes and international sports bodies but also focus on the rehabilitation of cardiac and stroke patients and work with people with Parkinson's. This breadth of research creates a dynamic environment and gives you the opportunity to focus on areas of interest to you.
Our ongoing investment in state-of-the-art facilities leads to innovative teaching opportunities and helps us to push the boundaries with our research. Most importantly it means you gain experience in using the latest equipment, which prepares you for work in the industry or further study.
The School has also developed very close links with our local community, which has led to many of our students volunteering with local groups, improving the health and fitness of local people.
Our teaching is informed by the latest research, which means your learning is supported by the most up-to-date findings in the field. Our lecturers ensure that theory is underpinned by excellent practical skills, so that you develop the applied skills valued by employers.
We use a range of teaching methods from traditional lectures and laboratory classes to clinic work. Our innovative approach includes professional placements and problem-based learning which, with support and encouragement from staff, allow you to assess real-life situations and devise your own solutions.
Supportive student environment
In 2018 Kent won the Outstanding Support for Students category at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards – for the second year running. Here in the Division of Natural Sciences we have our own student support team who are here to help you realise your potential, by offering advice on any pastoral, personal health and welfare concerns. You also have access to mentors and a personal academic adviser, and we can offer extra individual support by working closely with the central Student Support and Wellbeing team.
When you start at Kent, we hold ‘meet and mingle’ events within the School, which give you a chance to settle into life here and meet your new fellow students. You can also join – or even set up – a student-run society, which provides a great opportunity to meet up with those who share your passion for science.
My academic adviser is lovely and he has been my adviser throughout all three years of the course.
Support for equality and diversity
In Sport and Exercise Sciences, we are working hard to create a welcoming, supportive and diverse community for all our staff and students. We are committed to supporting all staff and students to develop their skills and realise their potential more effectively, to the benefit of everyone.
You can find more information on the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity homepage.
Our lecturers are some of the most influential thinkers in the field, involved in exciting research projects with organisations such as UEFA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Ministry of Defence and the NHS. Their research is embedded within all our degree programmes, meaning you learn first-hand from those who are extending the boundaries of sports science and sport management. We have three research groups: the Endurance Research Group, the Sports Therapy, Physical Activity and Health Research Group and the Sports Legacies and Society Research Group.
The School has excellent links with many local employers, as well as companies throughout the UK and mainland Europe. These links are a key component of our sandwich placement degrees and supported by a full-time Employability Officer.
The School also benefits from having close working relationships with Science in Sport and Team Sky. As well as organisations such as: the NHS, RFU (governing English rugby), English Institute of Sport, British Cycling, UK Sport, World Anti-Doping Agency, UEFA, UK Sport and the Ministry of Defence.
Steve Meadows has a lot of connections in the area and he was able to help me get work experience in cardiac rehabilitation. I have been working in the area at exercise classes all over Medway for a year now and really enjoy the work.
At Kent, you have access to the most up-to-date resources and can gain hands-on experience in our laboratories and sports clinics.
Student-led sports clinics
Our clinics provide a fantastic opportunity for you to put what you have learnt into practice. Under supervision, you use the latest methods and equipment to help clients recover health and fitness. You gain invaluable practical experience and confidence in your ability to work with clients at all levels of fitness.
The clinic is helpful as it gets me assessing real world problems and injures that people suffer and gets me ready for the real world. It's a great environment to work in whilst still remaining professional and giving advice to clients.
Sport and Exercise Sciences are based on our Canterbury campus with its first-class academic and leisure facilities. We are equipped with the latest resources and our beautiful setting offers plenty of tranquil spaces to study and relax.
Everything you need on campus is within walking distance, including a general store, a bookshop, bank, cinema, theatre, a medical centre and a pharmacy. You can go off campus to explore the city's medieval buildings, historic pubs and an array of shops; visit the seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate or Broadstairs with their beautiful beaches, or head to London, just an hour away by high-speed train.