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The title of the Exercise and Sport Science department is more than simply a name. These five words accurately reflect how the department covers a whole spectrum of different activities. It is certainly not just exercise and not just sport.

Having built a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, world-class research and innovative activities, we offer students the chance to work within our £10 million Sport and Exercise Science centre, which contains Interdisciplinary laboratories, an environmental chamber, genetics and biochemistry laboratories and a sports injury clinic.

This range of facilities means that whether your focus is on supporting international athletes competing at the highest level or helping the elderly regain their mobility, you can achieve your goals with us. With a strong history of and focus on interdisciplinary study, students are encouraged to step out of the confines of their own courses, and absorb the broadest range of experiences and disciplines, all of which helps you to progress in your future career.

Another important aspect of the department and the programmes within it is that everything offered is informed by current practice. This current practice is an important part of becoming 'workplace-ready': building useful skills that cannot be taught in the classroom as well as contacts that students otherwise would not be exposed to.

To demonstrate these links with sport, the campus was selected as a pre-games training camp for athletes competing at London 2012, and we also supported athletes from 12 Pacific nations with their training for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.


Research at our Cheshire campus has an international reputation with world leading and internationally-excellent work being recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Staff in Exercise and Sport Science contributed to the highly successful Allied Health research submission that positioned the University 12th overall and as a top new university for research power in this discipline.

The close alignment of our research portfolio with our teaching and learning provision ensures that both undergraduates and postgraduates benefit from the latest developments in the field. All students will benefit from research-informed, research-led and research-involved learning and teaching practices. All postgraduate research students will be strongly encouraged to contribute to seminars, conferences, and other research sharing opportunities to develop their own academic skills and practices.

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Accreditation and partnerships

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is highly regarded both in the UK and internationally, and is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Manchester Metropolitan University has been recognised by Sports Coach UK to be a Higher Education Institution accredited to work with governing bodies of sport to deliver a UKCC Level 4 coaching programme.

Meanwhile, our Exercise and Sport Science Development Unit is designed to support your ongoing professional development by providing relevant experience and qualifications. We work in partnership with Cheshire East Council, Everybody Sport and Recreation Leisure Trust, Active Cheshire, a range of national governing bodies, professional and amateur clubs, local schools and a number of coaching providers.

State-of-the-art facilities