Postgraduate study

Sport & Exercise

Teesside University is ideal for studying sport and exercise. We have strong links with regional and elite teams in the area. The North East has something for all sporting tastes - beautiful beaches at Saltburn for surfing and other water sports, the picturesque North York Moors for walking, running and cycling, and the world-class water sports facilities at the Tees Barrage.

Sport & Exercise facilities

The Sport & Exercise department is home to some outstanding facilities, including fully-equipped physio and biomechanics labs, an environmental chamber and a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Sport and Exercise MSc Yes Yes View course
Sports Rehabilitation MSc Yes No View course

Quality teaching

Sport and exercise scored excellent marks in a national review by the Quality Assurance Agency. The enthusiasm and commitment of academic staff was highlighted as a particular strength.

Elite athletes

The University's Elite Athlete Scheme provides student athletes with a comprehensive support programme to help develop their individual potential. It includes physiological and biomechanical assessment and training support, monitoring of training loads, strength and conditioning and physiotherapy.

Athletes also have access to the state-of-the-art facilities at the University, as well as the expertise of the sports science staff. In addition, they can train with other athletes from different sports and gain knowledge and insight that they might not usually have access to.

First-class facilities

Our £6.5m complex for sport - the Olympia building - has expanded the teaching and research facilities available and our new, four-storey sport and health sciences building includes a cutting-edge sports therapy complex equipped with hydrotherapy facilities and an advanced learning environment.


Current research interests inform teaching. These include exercise and over-training, exercise and psychological well-being, exercise in extreme environments, flexibility of elite athletes, children's attitudes towards physical activity, representations of sport, sport and technology and sport and national identity.

We conduct research both in the field and in well-equipped laboratories, which are supported by specialist technicians. Sport and exercise staff have strong collaborative links across the University and with a wide range of external agencies.

Research students are encouraged to present their work at home and international conferences, and to publish in major peer-reviewed journals.

We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas.

Areas of interest include:

  • Aetiology and prevention of sports injuries
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Mental toughness
  • Children's fitness
  • Physical activity
  • Sports therapy
  • Socio-cultural studies of sport


  • We offer state-of-the-art sports, teaching and research complex
  • Our cutting-edge sports science building is equipped with a hydrotherapy pool and an advanced learning environment, anatomy and strength and conditioning laboratories, specialist clinical sports therapy area
  • Our courses integrate study with work-related learning experiences
  • National recognition from the Quality Assurance Agency of our high-quality sport and exercise courses