At Kent, our lecturers have vast experience in sports training, treatment of injuries and rehabilitation, and sport psychology. You work with our experts to gain a good mix of theoretical knowledge and hands-on practice. Our community of clients ranges from Olympians and Paralympians to members of the public, including the elderly and frail.Our degree programme
In your first year, you study a variety of disciplines and gain a solid grounding in key subjects. Our modules cover all aspects of sport and exercise science including nutrition, human anatomy and physiology, sport psychology, movement and biomechanics with a focus on health related study.
In your second and final years, you choose optional modules that reflect your interests. You also conduct your own research project in the final year, choosing from specialist options that may include, physical activity interventions, exercise rehabilitation for clinical populations or contemporary issues in nutrition.
As part of your degree, you have the opportunity to promote your own event, and look at the issues involved in encouraging the public to become more physically active. You also have the option to gain valuable professional experience by working on placement in the sports and leisure industry, or supporting exercise rehabilitation in a community project.Year in industry
This degree is available as a four-year programme with a year in industry. For more information, please see Sport and Exercise for Health with a Year in Industry BSc (Hons).Study resources
In addition to our campus laboratories we also have facilities based in the £11 million Medway Park development, a regional centre of sporting excellence. They include the latest equipment, such as our:
- environmental chamber, which can recreate the atmosphere of a Brazilian jungle or the top of Everest
- anti-gravity treadmill, originally developed to help NASA astronauts to exercise in space
- cycling and rowing ergometers to measure anaerobic capacity
- isokinetic dynamometer to measure muscle and joint function
- brain and muscle stimulators
- 3D motion video analysis
- imaging and treatment ultrasound
- gait analysis and force pedals
- blood testing and gas analysis equipment
- rehabilitation gymnasium.
There is a thriving sports scene for students. Sports clubs at the Medway campus include athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cricket, football, kickboxing, rowing, taekwondo, rowing, hockey, football, rugby, equestrian, Thai boxing, table tennis, judo and volleyball, plus women’s netball and men’s futsal.
With our free shuttle bus, it’s also easy to join the sports clubs on the Canterbury campus. These include American football, archery, caving, cycling, cheerleading, floorball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, snooker and pool, snowsports, and ultimate frisbee .Professional network
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has links to many sporting bodies. It has worked with companies such as Science in Sport and Team Sky, and with organisations such as:
- the NHS
- RFU (governing English rugby)
- English Institute of Sport
- British Cycling
- UK Sport
- World Anti-Doping Agency
- UK Sport
- Ministry of Defence.
If you are competing at the equivalent of county level or higher you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University. The amount to be offered will be determined by the University Sports Scholarship Committee and each case is considered on its own merit. For more information please go to the Sports Scholarships page.
One of our best-known graduates is Olympic gold medallist Susannah Townsend. During her time at Kent she had a sports scholarship and played for Canterbury Hockey Club (where she continues to play midfield).