Helping you to succeed

Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea is ranked 1st in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times Good University Guide 2017. We prepare our graduates for their future careers, our research is at the cutting-edge, and we have high-profile placements with major sporting teams and venues.

See the course page for more information on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science. The degree is accredited by The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Your future

Find out how the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Swansea University helps with your career. Download our Sport and Exercise Science employability flyer

Graduate careers

We take the future employment prospects of our students seriously and work with the Swansea University Employability Academy and our external partners to provide meaningful work experience opportunities both at home and abroad.

We provide a supportive environment and there will be many opportunities to prepare yourself for your future career. Here are a few of our recent graduates and their job roles:

William SparkesSports Scientist at Swansea City Football Club: "My placement with Swansea City was organised through the University and was part-time over one year. As a result of the placement, I am now starting my job as a Sports Scientist at the club."

Natalie Williams, Sports Science Manager for Swim Wales: "My job role is specific to the degree I completed at Swansea. My degree allowed me to learn and establish the knowledge required to complete the job."

‌Tom Taylor, Sports Scientist at West Ham United: "I’m positive that without the help of the lecturers at Swansea University and the opportunities that I had, I would not be working with a Premiership team. My favourite memories were always the practical elements of the course. Whether that meant being in the lab and collecting blood samples or being outside and being introduced to the uses of GPS and other technologies."

Eamon Swift, Head Sports Scientist with West Ham United Academy: "My three years at University in Swansea were incredible and undoubtedly helped me to get where I am today".

Dan Wadsworth, Research Officer - Institute for Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, New Zealand: "I find myself drawing on skills I initially developed at Swansea on most days in my job at Massey University".

Joe Taylor, Talent Scientist with English Institute of Sport:"I enjoyed the fact that there were practical sessions to back up the theory that was being learnt and the chance to get 'hands on' experience".

Sam Tuvey, Knowledge Exchange Scholar in Physical Activity and Health with the City and Country of Swansea: "During my final year at Swansea University, my dissertation involved working with children. This led to my current job as a Knowledge Exchange Scholar in Physical Activity and Health with the City and Country of Swansea. I work in a vibrant environment that tries to get every child involved with sport for life."

Dan Cooper, GB Rowing Team START Coach: "The skill to look at a sport and break down the body movement patterns to be able to coach it easily, came from studying Sport Science at Swansea. The scientific nature of the course also allows me to talk to professionals such as doctors and physios and deliver their message in easy to manage chunks to the athlete." 

Chris Aldred

Chris Aldred

"The testing that we run at stadiums is almost identical to the work that I completed during my UG degree. My UG Biomechanics training was vital, as this kitted me out with the relevant transferable skills that I now regularly apply in my role".

Chris Aldred, Football Systems Operator for Hawkeye

Eamon Swift

Eamon Swift

"The degree, combined with lots of work experience placements throughout university, most definitely lead to my opportunity at West Ham. I did various unpaid jobs throughout university to gain experience, such as working with the Neath Swansea Ospreys, with national swimmers and at Cardiff City FC".

Eamon Swift is now the 1st team Fitness Coach at West Ham United FC

Rhys Jones

Rhys Jones

"My studies at postgraduate level allowed me the unique opportunity to conduct research while gaining invaluable experience as a strength and conditioning coach in a professional rugby union environment. Both my studies and experiences complemented each other, with research questions being generated from experiences to enhance provision of services to players."

Rhys Jones, Strength & Conditioning Coach at the Scarlets

William Sparkes

Image of William Sparkes

"The relationship between the university and the club allowed me to take on a part-time internship in my final year of university. From there, and through great tutoring by Dr Liam Kilduff and Dr Tom Love, I carried out an MRes, which yielded some good results and really got me working down at the club on a day-to-day basis."

William is now an Assistant Sports Scientist at Swansea City FC

Calum Sharma

Calum Sharma

"Swansea has the perfect combination of compontents that encourage efficient learning. Sports facilities are also of high quality and being a keen basketball player I am always using these facilities as much as possible."

Holly Lawrence

Holly Lawrence

"I was attracted to Swansea University for the excellent sporting facilities such as the 50m pool and high performance gym to enable me to train for trialthlon.  I train with different Sports Clubs at the University, which is great for meeting people."

Into practise

Although studying Sport and Exercise Science doesn't entail spending your days playing your favourite sports, there will be practical elements putting the science and theory you learn behind sports performance and exercise participation into practise.

Find out more about our world-class sports and specialist research facilities.