Sports and exercise sciences research

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Research and impact

Professor Samuele Marcora presents "Mind over muscle? Limits to Endurance Performance"

We produce rigorous and applicable research that develops employable graduates and impacts the training and performance of coaches and athletes.

World-leading research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the research in the School was judged to be of international quality.

We are a dynamic research community looking to overcome the traditional barriers between scientific disciplines. Our research is wide-ranging and has led to excellent links with sporting bodies and teams, NHS foundation trusts and the Ministry of Defence. We also have partnerships with other top universities nationally and internationally.

Making a difference

As a School we engage with local, national and international partners to produce high-quality research that is academically rigorous and has a positive impact in the wider community. By combining laboratory research with practical work in our clinics, academic staff and students are able to test a variety of hypotheses from basic mechanistic science to applied work with patient populations as well as elite athletes.

The breadth of our research makes the School an attractive and dynamic place to study. Areas of expertise include:

  • exercise physiology
  • biomechanics
  • nutrition
  • injury
  • rehabilitation
  • psychology.

The reputation and expertise of our academic staff has attracted substantial research funding over the last 10 years from bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Ministry of Defence, as well as from charitable foundations such as the Leverhulme Trust.

Our staff have used their research to benefit elite athletes including Olympic swimmers and cyclists, and the England football team; soldiers in the British army; and specific clinical populations. They have sought to challenge perceptions of disability through a ground-breaking project run in collaboration with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee.

Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff. 

World-leading experts

Our academic staff are engaged in research that extends the boundaries of sports science. Their work is published regularly in leading scientific journals.

Dr John Dickinson performing research with respiratory equipment

Dr John Dickinson

A world-leading authority on respiratory problems in athletes

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We offer Sports and Exercise Sciences research degrees at Master's level and PhD. Find out what our more about our Postgraduate courses.

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