School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

a leading department for research and teaching in sport


The University of Kent will equip you with essential skills to give you a competitive advantage when it comes to getting a job. Our graduates have an excellent record and in the 2015 NSS 80-90% of our students were employed or in further study six months after graduation. Sports Science students who graduated from Kent in 2015 were the most successful in the UK at finding work or further study opportunities (DLHE).

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences graduates go into a range of careers. The most common career paths for our graduates are described below.

Sport and Exercise Science

Options include:

  • Sports Scientist - e.g. working within sports science support with elite athletes
  • NHS - in physical activity, exercise referral or health promotion
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Strength and conditioning coaches in local development or with national governing bodies
  • Community leisure centres
  • Self-employed personal trainer
  • Teaching or research

Sport and Exercise Management

Options include:

  • Sports development for local authorities or sports governing bodies
  • Leisure centres
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Self-employed personal trainer
  • Teaching or research

Sports Therapy

As one of the fastest growing careers in the sports and healthcare sector, our Sports Therapy graduates are qualified to start work as professionally accredited sports therapists in, for example:

  • Your own or a commercial sports injury clinic
  • A sports club
  • The English Institute of Sport
  • With a professional team
  • NHS - in physical activity or health promotion
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Sports development with local authorities
  • With national governing bodies of sport
  • Teaching - PGCE or lecturing and research

Sport and Exercise for Health

Options include:

  • NHS or local authority promoting physical activity
  • Exercise referral
  • Health promotion strategies
  • Sports development with local authorities, national or regional sports governing bodies
  • Public or private leisure centres
  • Health and fitness clubs
  • Community leisure facilities
  • Self-employment as a personal trainer
  • Teaching or research


All programmes offer you the chance to gain valuable professional experience. This could be a placement in the sports and leisure industry, working with clients in our Medway Park clinic, or by supporting 'centre of excellence' atheletes with their training and fitness. Additionally, students can sign up to the Employability Points Scheme and gain rewards for engaging in extra-curricular activities, such as First Aid training, student projects, academic peer mentoring and becoming course representatives.

Additionally, Kent's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers advice on how to apply for jobs, how to write a good CV and how to perform well in interviews. It also provides up-to-date information on opportunities before and after you graduate. See also the 'Work-Study Scheme' - an opportunity to gain development training and paid employment with the University alongside your studies. It is designed to give you access to the best jobs on campus - putting your skills to good use.

Today, employers are looking for transferable skills such as communication, IT, time management and problem solving. As well as studying for your degree, you will learn to deal with challenging ideas, think critically, gain the ability to write well and learn to present your ideas clearly. This makes it possible to be successful within a range of careers, not just those directly related to sports.

See the below links for our graduate profiles - previous students speak about how their course helped them acheive employment; information on the Employability Points scheme - earn rewards for extra curricular activities; and our Careers and Employability Service. Finally, find out how to gain development training and paid employment alonside your studies with the University work-study scheme.


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Enquiries: 01634 888 808 or 01634 888 807 or email the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences

Last Updated: 05/12/2016