School of Sport and Health Sciences

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The School of Sport and Health Sciences delivers exceptional teaching, research and consultancy in the areas of sport and health. Our mission is to provide a rich, stimulating and supportive environment for students and staff to develop their full potential and to promote the links between sport and wellbeing within communities through dynamic, high-quality education, research and knowledge transfer.

We have service level agreements with a range of service provider organisations across the North West of England. The School works collaboratively with local FE colleges, statutory and independent healthcare providers, voluntary sector and charitable organisations and develops its portfolio collaboratively with partners in response to national policy and local requirements and needs, providing professional courses, short courses and continuing professional development.

Our academic team consists of dedicated professionals with an active research profile, many of whom also have strong links with industry and relevant professional organisations.

Our students, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, gain in-depth subject knowledge, as well as developing a wide range of personal and transferable skills, highly valued by today’s employers. Our focus is on students developing evidence-based knowledge, skills and person-centred values.

Strong Industry Links

We have strong links with a large number of sports organisations, including professional sports teams, public and private sector sports providers and grassroots sports clubs including Wigan Warriors RLFC, Preston North End FC and Preston City Council.

Our Paramedic Practice course is delivered in collaboration with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).


Our courses are approved by professional bodies such as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the North West Ambulance Service, the Royal College of Occupational Therapy and the Society of Sports Therapists. Students can take advantage of a wide range of work experience opportunities in the UK and around the world, including 48-week placements, shorter internships and volunteering roles. 

Top class facilities

Our outstanding facilities have welcomed local and professional sports teams and elite athletes alike, from Preston North End FC, Wigan Warriors RFC and Preston Harriers, to Oceania during the 2012 Olympics, and members of the Ireland team for the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

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Professional experience

Our Sports Therapy placement opportunities include 80 professional and semi-professional sports teams across the country, for example Preston North End, Everton FC, Wigan Warriors, Blackpool FC, and St Helens RFL.

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The School places a high priority on enhancing its research reputation and activity is centred around six institutes, each led by our internationally renowned professors. Find out more about our research groups below...

Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES)

Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (CASES)

CASES unite research relating to sport and exercise related to physiology, biomechanics, technology, nutrition, psychology and wellness. 

Institute of Coaching and Performance (IcaP)

Institute of Coaching and Performance (IcaP)

The Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP) at UCLan focuses on the enhancement of performance.

International Football Institute (IFI)

International Football Institute (IFI)

The International Football Institute (IFI) links UCLan in research partnership to the National Football Museum, England.


The formulation of the Lancashire CTU structure was initiated in 2012 and we are currently supporting national and international trials.

International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies

International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies

INSAFSs has been established to advance and promote the development of teaching and research within the field of food and nutrition.