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.


in The Complete University Guide 2018.


for graduate prospects in The Guardian University Guide 2018.


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.

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.

Students observing work in the clinic
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.

Graduate Andrew Goldsmith
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. We have two major research groups: the Endurance Research Group and the Sports Therapy, Physical Activity and Health Research Group.

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Professor Sam Marcora

The School's state-of the-art research labs offer huge benefits to students and staff.

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State-of-the-art facilities

Kent is one of only a handful of UK universities to give you access to the most up-to-date resources. You can gain hands-on experience in our laboratories and sports clinics both on campus and at the region's centre of sporting excellence, Medway Park, which is just a short walk from the School. Learn more about our facilties.

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.

A student fitting breathing apparatus on a client to measure oxygen intake
Measuring oxygen intake

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).


We are based on the University's Medway campus with its exceptional study resources and relaxing social spaces. In the Drill Hall Library, you can study in the way that best suits you in our silent, quiet and group study spaces, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and get advice from our friendly staff. When you put your books down, you can move on to The Deep End, a bar and entertainment space run by the students' union.

Off campus there is plenty to do in the local towns, and of course London is less than an hour away by train.

Award-winning university

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Superb student experience

Our first-class academic resources, great social facilities and welcoming community lead to a great student experience.

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Academic life

With 400 degree programmes taught by expert staff in a stimulating environment, it's easy to study the subject you love.

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Research around the university

Discover the impact our research has had locally, nationally and internationally.

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Visits and Open Days

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*Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.