Kent’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is one of the leading sports science schools in the UK. Inspirational lecturers, cutting-edge research and world-class facilities create a stimulating environment, where your knowledge, skills and confidence will grow.

Key facts


Sports Science at Kent scored 93% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021


in the Teaching Excellence Framework*, the highest possible rating.


of research in the School was found to be of international quality in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.


of Kent postgraduate students who graduated in 2017 and responded to the DLHE survey were in work or further study within six months. 

Supportive student environment

The School provides a welcoming environment. Our lecturers are keen to listen and offer advice, working with you to ensure you reach your full potential. Our students are a motivated and ambitious group who enjoy working together and supporting each other.

Student using laboratory equipment

Students gain practical experience

Our vision

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.

Gradaute Andrew Goldsmith sitting in his clinic

Graduate Andrew Goldsmith on his experiences as an undergraduate (view transcript)

Inspirational teaching

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.

Research excellence

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.

State-of-the-art facilities

At Kent, you have access to the most up-to-date resources and can gain hands-on experience in our laboratories and sports clinics.

Learn more about our facilities.

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.

Professional accreditation

Our Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation degree is accredited by the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Our Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise for Health degrees are approved by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

A student wearing breathing apparatus

Measuring oxygen intake


In September 2021, we will be relocating to the Canterbury campus. This will not only enhance our academic and research programme, but also the overall student experience due to the availability of more sports and recreation facilities.

Read more about our relocation to Canterbury

*The University of Kent’s Statement of Findings can be found here.