Sport is in our DNA. As Sports University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence our Sport degrees focus on sport science, performance, business management and psychology. We’ve developed an international reputation for delivering Sport degrees that get results.

We’ve integrated our Sport courses with the University's world-class sports facilities to provide a unique and rewarding studying and sporting environment. We prepare athletes for success on the world stage and improve the health of the nation through physical exercise.

Sport courses

Courses labelled are available for online study only.

CPD / standalone modules

We offer a variety of Sport short courses and programmes for continuing professional development in sports coaching and management.

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Sports University of the Year

Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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1st in Scotland

for Sports Research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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Scotland's University

for Sporting Excellence

Since 2008

Graduate careers in Sport

Our Sport courses bring together leading academics to deliver high-quality teaching in a range of areas – with a primary focus on your future employability.

You’ll graduate from our Sport degrees with a breadth of knowledge and practical experiences that can be applied to a wide range of sport related careers, from developing national sport and coaching, to management and governance.

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in jobs such as:

  • sport development officers, working with sporting governing bodies to develop sport
  • managers of sport facilities in sport and leisure trusts
  • administrators for national governing bodies and sport policy agencies
  • sport officers working with charities in developing nations to use sport to build communities
  • personal trainers in health and fitness organisations
  • coaches working with development teams in a number of sports, such as football and rugby

Specialist facilities

Our excellent performance analysis laboratories and world-class sport facilities are used by our Olympian athletes and sport novices alike

The University of Stirling is Sports University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence. Our five-star sports facilities include The National Tennis Centre, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, pitches and a host of other facilities.

We’re consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK for our sports facilities.

Partnerships and industry

Our campus is also home to the National Tennis Centre, National Swimming Academy and headquarters of a number of Scottish sport governing bodies and regionals offices including the Scottish Institute of Sport. 

We work closely with industry to ensure everything we teach you is relevant, and will boost your employability within the sector.


Our sport degrees are supplemented by a rich vibrant sport club scene. Our sports clubs range from American football to athletics, volleyball to waterpolo.

Sport research

Over 75% of our Sport research output, was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Our research themes include:

  • Mechanisms of change: understanding the ecological, social and biophysical processes underlying health and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle and behaviour change: increasing physical activity, promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviours and reducing unhealthy behaviours
  • Service delivery policy and practice: evaluating healthcare and sport interventions, health and sport policy and models of practice

Postgraduate research opportunities

Postgraduate research studies in Sport at the University of Stirling can be undertaken in diverse contexts from high performance sport to population health. Staff specialisms include genetics and molecular biology, nutrition and hydration, neuro-muscular function and physical activity. See our PhD and MPhil opportunities in the areas of:

Physiology, Exercise and Nutrition research group

Our research spans the spectrum from healthy active individuals to clinical populations across all sections of the lifespan.

Sport Social Science research group

The group is concerned with understanding the ways in which sport affects and impacts society.