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Welcome to the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham

We're a welcoming, collegiate, and vibrant community of world-leading academics, delivering a cutting-edge curriculum in the sport and exercise sciences.

Our taught programmes are consistently ranked in the Top 10 best sport-related degrees in the country and our department has also been ranked 24th in the World University Rankings 2020 for sport-related subjects.

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Teaching Excellence Framework Gold in Teaching Excellence (TEF) (2018)
World Top 100 QS World University Rankings 2022
We are global leaders in qualitative research and seek to advance new theories across different disciplines
Consistently in Top 10 sport degrees in the UK, across all major rankings (2020).

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New Assistant Professor appointed, Dr Patrick Jachyra

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences is delighted to welcome Dr Patrick Jachyra as Assistant Professor.
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New Professor in Practice Appointed to enhance local links

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences (DSES) is pleased to welcome Dr Maxine Rhodes, Managing Director of County Durham Sport (CDS), as our newest Professor in Practice.
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DSES Research Newsletter Issue 5

View the fifth departmental research newsletter, issued July 2021.

DSES Research Newsletter Issue 4

View the fourth departmental research newsletter, issued March 2021.

Dr Cassandra Phoenix has contributed to a Global Report on Ageism

Dr Cassandra Phoenix has contributed to a Global Report on Ageism.

QS World Rankings

We have once again been named as one of the world’s leading sport and exercise sciences departments.

Study with us

  • Undergraduate Study

    We offer high-quality teaching across two unique sport and exercise science programmes; our BA in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity, and our BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences.

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  • Postgraduate Study

    Join our vibrant community of national and international postgraduate research students (PGRs).

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Undergraduate Study

We offer high-quality teaching across two unique sport and exercise science programmes; our BA in Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity, and our BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Someone at a lectern giving a lecture to a group of students

Postgraduate Study

Join our vibrant community of national and international postgraduate research students (PGRs).

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People

Our academic team brings together psychologists, physiologists, nutritionists, sociologists and political scientists, enabling the Department to be at the forefront of developing multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to study and research.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University has an outstanding reputation for student-centred teaching, linked with innovative and applied research across the natural and social sciences.

Martin Roderick
Head of Department
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Our research

We aim to make a positive impact on people’s lives through research.

Our research addresses inequalities, promotes social justice, and ensures better health and wellbeing.
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Equality and diversity

We are committed to supporting all of our students and promoting a departmental culture based on dignity, courtesy and respect. Our Equality and Diversity lead and student committee keep equality, diversity and inclusion issues at the forefront of the department's agenda.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our department, please get in touch.

Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Durham University
42 Old Elvet
Durham
DH1 3HN
UK

Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 2000

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