Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was the first institution in the world to host a single honours degree programme in sport science back in 1975, and the first academic department to offer a single honours in science and football in 1998.

The School continues to be at the forefront of development and innovation in sports and exercise sciences and is truly recognised as a world-leading department.

We welcome students from over 100 different countries and work in collaboration with businesses, professional bodies and educational institutions from all over the world. Our research-active academic staff are world-leading experts in their fields of expertise.

  •  9th for Sport Science – Times Good University Guide 2019
  • Named the 9th best department in the world and the sixth best in Europe in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2018 for the sports sciences area
  • 97% of research activity is rated world-leading or internationally excellent*
  • In 2016, LJMU became the first University to receive two commended judgements in the Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
  • Top ranked institution in the UK for research in sports and exercise sciences. Our in-house research department (RISES) has been ranked 1st in the UK for Research Quality in Sport and Exercise Sciences*
  • Excellent employment rates – 99% of graduates from the School secure employment or are in further study six months after graduation**

* Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

** LJMU Graduate Destinations Report 2016

You will study in our award winning Tom Reilly Building. £35 million has recently been invested into state-of-the-art laboratory facilities with a range of amazing high-tech equipment for all students to use.

Our extensive range of labs and equipment includes:

  • Brain and behaviour lab
  • Biochemistry teaching lab
  • Biopsy lab
  • Cardiac assessment suite
  • DEXA scanner
  • Environment chambers
  • High resolution ultrasound
  • Indoor 70-metre running track
  • Isolation unit for sleep research
  • Movement function research lab
  • Neuroscience lab
  • Normobaric hypoxic chambers
  • Respiratory clinic
  • Temperature chambers for acclimation

Staff from the School are research active and work with a host of high profile organisations, including:

  • Alder Hey Hospital
  • British Cycling
  • Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Derby Football Club
  • Doncaster Rovers Football Club
  • England Netball
  • England Rugby
  • Everton Football Club
  • French Football Federation
  • French Institute of Sport
  • Leicester City Football Club
  • Lille Football Club
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Liverpool Football Club
  • Liverpool Gymnastics Club
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
  • Merseyside Blind Football
  • Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital
  • Sefton Council
  • Sports Coach UK
  • Steel Habitat
  • Team Sky
  • The British Horseracing Authority
  • The Football Association
  • The Professional Jockeys Association
  • The Racing Foundation
  • University Hospital Aintree

Our Postgraduate programmes offer a routeway into many career destinations spanning high performance sport, exercise, health and clinical settings including:

  • Athlete development co-ordinator
  • Performance analyst
  • Health advisor
  • Strength and conditioning coach
  • Sport psychologist
  • Performance and lifestyle advisor
  • Teacher and lecturer
  • Physiologist
  • Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
  • Sports nutritionist

MSc Sport and Clinical Biomechanics

MSc Clinical Exercise Physiology

MSc Exercise Physiology

MSc Sport Psychology

MSc Sport Nutrition

MSc Strength and Conditioning

Professional Doctorate Sport and Exercise Psychology

Professional Doctorate Applied Sport and Exercise Science

Funding Notes

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Funding Information

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