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Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences


The Division developed a new suite of sports courses in 2007. The programmes are supported by associated research and consultancy developments in sports coaching, sports development, and sport and exercise science, as well as research development in these areas. There are strong links with a number of organisations in the area so that students gain industry experience.

The Division of Sport and Exercise offers:

There are many varied career opportunities for graduates in sport. In a vibrant and fast moving career you will be contributing as coaches, leaders and managers from your local community, the sports and leisure industry, and psychology careers.

Apart from getting on with the business of teaching, many of the Division staff are either actively involved in research or work with schools and employers as a collaborative process. The Division has a number of local secondary schools visiting the Performance Laboratory to provide pupils with additional support for their PE studies. Staff members also visit primary schools as part of a science, technology, engineering and maths project.

Research interests that staff have recently presented on or received grants for:

  • the art and science of coaching
  • coaching in the international context
  • health professionals and exercise information
  • adherence to exercise
  • emotion-cognition link in sports performance
  • adolescents’ health behaviours
  • high intensity training
  • exercise and ageing
  • diversity in sport


The Division has two designated Human Performance Laboratories for physiological measurement and one biomechanics laboratory to support teaching and research. These facilities allow access to:

  • EMG and ECG equipment 
  • Upper and lower body cycle ergometers
  • Concept 2 rowing ergometer
  • Treadmills
  • Thought Tech Biofeedback systems
  • Accelerometry
  • Force Transducers
  • Electronic Timing systems
  • Metamax 3B Gas Analyser 
  • Servomex Analyser, four sets of Douglas Bags, a dry gas meter and a gas extractor
  • Blood Analysis Equipment for lactate, glucose, haemoglobin, haematocrit and lipid profiles 
  • GSR Equipment and software
  • BioHarness Telemetry System with LabChart 
  • Vicon 3D motion analysis system
  • Force platform
  • Jump mats
  • Segmental bio-impedance body composition analysis
  • Linear position transducers
In addition to this ‘standard’ equipment there is ready access to more specialist biochemical and molecular physiology equipment through the School of Science Engineering and Technology. 

The University gym and conditioning facility is adjacent to the Human Performance Laboratories and the Division utilise two lifting platforms for teaching and research within the Strength and Conditioning programme.

A proximal studio space is also utilised for a range of practical activities.

The high quality video capture and full 3D-kinematic analysis within the biomechanics facility offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary work with colleagues from the Division of Psychology and the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games enabling the development of realistic human movement in games and front facing interface design.

Recently Abertay University secured a three year grant of £2.7m from the Scottish Funding Council to help create a new Dundee Academy of Sport. This multi-million pound outlay will be the first venture of its kind in Scotland, enabling students to enrol and study on courses from school-leavers through to PhD level.

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