About Department




We are a well established, closeknit department offering a popular range of single and combined honours undergraduate degrees in sport science, leisure and tourism| and events  |to over 800 students. Welcome to students from both the UK and overseas, notably Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia. As such, we are well placed to meet the needs of an increasingly broad range of students.

We also offer a successful MPhil/PhD programme| currently with 20 full and part-time students and are launching a new MSc in Tourism Marketing| in September 2012.

We provide a rich learning environment for undergraduate and postgraduate students which is underpinned by a strong commitment to research and scholarship|. All academic staff are research active.

Research| activity within the department is supported by Research  Funding from the Higher Education Funding Council, and is focused around a number of themes: physiological research relating to sport performance and health-related exercise; behavioural research involving performance psychology and the consumption of experiences; and socio-cultural research embracing the sociology of sport, the sociology of tourism policy and development, and sports tourism.

The teaching team| is made up of over 25 academics who are supported by a number of visiting lecturers, research fellows, and secretarial and technical staff.

The Department has established strong collaborative links, especially in relation to sport science support and coaching, with the local community and external organisations including Kent County Council's Kent Tourism, Canterbury City Council and Sport England.

In addition the Department has links through the European Union Erasmus programme with a number of other Universities in Europe. This enables a small number of students to take their second year abroad at one of these Universities (subject to a selection process). We also welcome students from these Universities on a reciprocal basis. The links are suitable for students of Tourism, Events, and Sport and Leisure Management. Our Erasmus partners currently are:

  • University of Malta
  • University of Linnaeus (Sweden)
  • I.U.T. Périgueux - Bordeaux IV Université Montesquieu (France)
  • University of Iceland