Published: 22 March 2017

Top jobs with a sport and exercise science degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in sport and exercise science, and discover some of the jobs that await Surrey Sport and Exercise Science graduates.


A sport and exercise science degree can open doors to a wide range of varied careers in professional sport, health promotion, education and research.

Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Surrey is currently ranked seventh in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2017. Our students benefit from state-of-the-art laboratories on Stag Hill campus, the world-class sporting facilities at Surrey Sports Park, and our collaboration with Surrey Clinical Research Centre. There is also a range of Professional Training placement opportunities, which provide students with the chance to gain experience in a real-world working environment and enhance their graduate employability.

Our Sport and Exercise Science degree is also endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals, enabling students to complete Gym Instructor, Personal Training and Exercise Referral qualifications by undertaking some additional assessments alongside studying for their degree.


The Sport and Exercise Science academic staff are brilliant at Surrey; you can really tell that they are passionate about the subject. Any questions that I’ve asked have always been answered very quickly, whether it be about lectures or other parts of university life. - Izzie Coomber, BSc Sport and Exercise Science


Careers with a sport and exercise science degree

Surrey Sport and Exercise Science graduates can enter a range of varied careers, including sport science support, performance coaching, health screening and intervention, exercise referrals, postgraduate study, and research. A degree in sport and exercise science can also help you to gain entry onto a PGCE PE programme, in order to begin a career in education.


Sport and exercise science graduate jobs

Jobs directly related to our Sport and Exercise Science degree include:

  • Sports science support (e.g. EIS, UK Sport, professional clubs)
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Stength and conditioning
  • Personal training
  • Coaching and sports development
  • NHS exercise prescription
  • Health advisor
  • Research/academic - PhD, MSc, HE teaching/training.

Typical employers recruiting sport and exercise science graduates include:

  • National sporting associations
  • Sport performance laboratories
  • Nutritional companies
  • Research institutes
  • Sports organisations
  • Health organisations, including the NHS
  • Schools and universities
  • Local authorities 
  • Sports clubs
  • Health and fitness clubs and facilities.

Discover more about our Sport and Exercise Science degree, our Professional Training placement scheme and read about a week in the life of a sport and exercise science student.