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Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Northumbria University is one of the original providers of Sports Studies degrees in the UK. Past graduates include successful medal winning athletes such as Steve Cram, Jamie Noon, Chris Cook and Victoria Pendleton.  Graduates have achieved high profile jobs in the sport industry with organisations such as Nike, Adidas, English Institute of Sport and the International Olympic Committee.  A growing number of our graduates are now entering exercise and health related roles in hospital settings and with local health authorities.

Photo: golf mechanicsThe Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences provides undergraduate programmes in Applied Sport and Exercise Science, Applied Sports Science with Coaching and Sport, Exercise and Nutrition. Our undergraduate programmes are designed to ensure professional recognised accreditation from the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). We also offer a dynamic MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology and an exciting new MSc in Strength and Conditioning

The Department is hosting the inaugural international Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference at Northumbria University on December 13th-15th 2012.  For more information, please visit

We have provided sports science support to professional football (Newcastle United FC, Sunderland AFC, and Chelsea AFC) and rugby (Newcastle Falcons) clubs as well as the English Institute of Sport (EIS), GB Basketball and British Rowing. We work closely with Team Northumbria to deliver support services for Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and University sport scholars and teams.

We produced four star world leading research for RAE 2008 and we recently hosted the 2009 and 2010 International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference which attracted over 250 delegates from over 30 countries. Our research centre for Sport, Exercise and Wellbeing is highly active and has undertaken research projects  through EU (FP7) Research Charities (Alcohol Education and Research Council), the private sector (Biomet, DePuy, GlaxoSmithkline, Naturex, Sciona, Maximuscle), and Government organisations (including TASS, Durham and Chester le Street Primary Care Trusts). We also work closely with the School's two psychology research centres for Cognition and Communication research (CoCo) and Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre (BPNRC)