Sport and Exercise Science


UCLan staff and students work in collaboration with partners around the world on a wide range of research activity within sport and exercise sciences. Research in this field has been classed as ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent in the 2014 Excellence Framework (REF).

UCLan is highly-active within research in the field of sport and exercise sciences, collaborating with top industry bodies and academic institutions from around the world. Much of this research relates to the practice, coaching, science and management of sport, the sociological and cultural study of sport, and specialist areas of physiotherapy and food and nutrition.

Sport and exercise science research has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. We currently have seven professors/readers (with 5 of these based in Sport and Exercise Science) and over 100 research students, as well as a significant number of research fellows, and research active staff. We work alongside world-leading organisations such as the Football Association, Professional Golfers’ Association, the International Olympic Committee and the UK’s Rugby Football League. Working closely with global academic institutions, industry bodies and private and public sector organisations, ensures that sport and exercise science research activities are internationally-oriented, highly applied in nature and focused on achieving quantifiable impact and outcomes.

To find out more about research in Sport and Exercise Sciences, please contact one of our Sport and Exercise Sciences Professors/Readers:


The Institute of Coaching and Performance’s Professional Doctorate in Elite Performance is conducting global research projects, including investigating the relationship between training and operational readiness to ensure soldiers in Afghanistan are prepared for field combat.

The Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy division undertakes research into musculoskeletal health; outputs will influence clinical practice in a number of areas and contribute to the Allied Health Professions Research Unit’s research into new assessment tools for chronic disease. The International Football Institute partners the National Football Museum on projects in the cultural and historical study of sport.

Researchers within the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies undertake research to address malnutrition in impoverished communities in Pakistan. Members also conduct influential research that challenges beliefs about Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System team effectiveness.