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Jason Gardner giving his keynote speech at the Annual Careers day.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Your career matters

Our Careers and Employability information aims to:

  • help current students to enhance their career prospects and make the right careers choices
  • give future students an idea of career choices when they have finished their degree
  • help past students keep in touch with the School.

Please take a look at the All About Careers website which is packed full of useful information about the very important question ‘What can I do with a sports science degree?’ You can find out what sector of work individuals go into after a Sport and Health Science degree and take part in your own career test.

More information

For more information on careers in exercise and sport sciences take a look at:

For more on careers and employability support visit the University’s Career Zone website.

The Exeter Award is an achievement award for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students at the University of Exeter. The Exeter Award is designed to enhance the employability of University of Exeter graduates by providing official recognition and evidence of extra-curricular activities and achievements.

These include: attendance at skills sessions and training courses, participation in sporting and musical activities, engagement in work experience and voluntary work.

Here are some sport, exercise and leisure related job search engines to get you started in finding a job:

www.bases.org.uk
Lists jobs in sport and exercise sciences.

www.healthjobsuk.com
Lists the job opportunities within the NHS, so mainly for those interested in a clinical career.

www.jobs.ac.uk
Caters for all positions and studentships within higher education. Has an easy to use search engine, as well as e-mail updates on job openings. Also includes profiles of potential employers.

www.leisureopportunities.co.uk
Daily recruitment website for people looking for jobs in the leisure industry; including health and fitness, sport and spa.

www.sportengland.org
Advertises jobs in sport.

English Institute of Sport
The English Institute of Sport (EIS) is a nationwide network of sport science and sports medical support services, designed to foster the talents of our elite athletes.

www.teachfirst.org.uk
Teach First attracts, selects, trains, places and supports top graduates to work in challenging schools and also for leading employers.

What our graduates go on to do

Graduates of Sport and Health Sciences perform well in graduate destinations: 88% of our Sport and Health Sciences students go into graduate employment or further study within six months of graduating*.

* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2016/17

BSc student career destinations

Career examples

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Accenture
  • Achieve Lifestyle
  • Allianz
  • Ascend Performance Limited
  • Baring Asset Management
  • Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club
  • British Armed Forces
  • Smart Medical Clinic
  • Citynet Insurance Broker Ltd
  • Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP
  • Exeter Chiefs
  • Glanbia Performance Nutrition
  • Hawk-Eye Innovations
  • KPMG
  • National Probation Service
  • Newcastle United Football Club
  • NHS
  • Nuffield Health
  • Royal Yachting Association
  • Willis Towers Watson
  • Wiltshire Cricket Ltd.

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Barristers Clerk
  • British Sailing Athlete
  • Business Consultant
  • Cardiac Physiologist
  • Clinical Exercise Specialist
  • Football coach
  • Graduate Brand and Customer Manager
  • Gym Fitness Instructor
  • Performance Analyst
  • Physiologist Physiotherapy Technical Instructor
  • Professional Athlete
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Self-employed Personal Trainer
  • Student Performance Tennis Coach
  • Trainee Accountant
  • Trainee PE Teacher
  • Trainee Professional Golfer

Training and education examples

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a Sport and Health Sciences undergraduate degree. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of undergraduate programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Surveys 2016/17.

  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • MPhil Sport and Health Sciences
  • MRes Exercise Science
  • MRes in Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • MSc Applied Performance Analysis in Sport
  • MSc by Research Sport and Health Science
  • MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)
  • MSc Human Reproduction
  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Sports Biomechanics
  • MSc International Management
  • MSc Marketing
  • MSc Musculoskeletal Ageing and Health
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • PGCE Physical Education
  • PGCE Mathematics Secondary
  • PhD Sport Science

MSc student career destinations

Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Football Systems Operator
  • Health Adviser
  • Sports Science Testing Assistant
  • Strength & Conditioning Intern

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Exeter City Football Club
  • NHS
  • Petroc College
  • Southampton Football Club
  • Speedflex
  • Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Further study

Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programme. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.

  • PhD in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Medicine
  • MPH Sport and Health Sciences 

PhD student career destinations

Destinations of recent Sport and Health Sciences PhD graduates are listed here. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Recent graduates are now working as:

  • Associate Research Fellow
  • Green Exercise Project Officer
  • Lecturer
  • Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
  • Lecturer in Sports Sociology
  • Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy
  • Research Fellow
  • Teaching Fellow

Recent graduates are now working for:

  • Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Green Exercise North East, Groundwork Community Forests, Tyne and Wear, UK
  • University of Birmingham, UK
  • St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK
  • University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • University of Exeter Medical School, UK
  • University of East Anglia, UK
  • University of Northumbria, UK