The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences provides a first-rate experience for students in an innovative and fast-growing department. We encourage a range of teaching methods for student learning, including traditional lectures and more student-centred approaches, such as problem-based learning scenarios.
Our degree programme
On this programme there is an emphasis on building up practical experience. There are lots of opportunities for applied learning in leisure and fitness centres, as well as at sports events and in sports development.
In your first year, you take a series of introductory modules on the sports industries, sport and exercise psychology, and management principles. You choose optional modules from a range of sport-related and business modules.
In your second year and final years, you study leadership in sport as well as marketing and promotion, and select further modules depending on your particular interests. You can also choose to focus on personal training, corrective exercise, and/or strength and conditioning.
In your final year, you have the opportunity to complete a placement module within the sports industry, where you gain valuable experience and have the chance to apply the theory you have learnt in practice.
Our laboratories are 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 in the Brazilian jungle or at 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, cricket, football, kickboxing, rowing, taekwondo, Thai boxing and volleyball, plus women’s netball and men’s futsal and rugby.
With our free shuttle bus, it’s also easy to join the sports clubs on the Canterbury campus. These include American football, archery, boxing, caving, canoeing, cheerleading, cycling, equestrian, fencing, floorball, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, karate, kendo, korfball, kung fu, lacrosse, mountaineering, sailing and windsurfing, skydiving, snooker and pool, snowsports, squash, swimming, surfing, tennis, trampolining, ultimate frisbee and women’s rugby.
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has links to many sporting bodies. It works 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 already competing at county level or equivalent, you can apply for a sports scholarship from the University. 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).