Sheffield Hallam University: Sports Engineering

InstitutionSheffield Hallam University
Department Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


  • Gain the the skills and knowledge to work at the cutting edge of research and development in the sports equipment industry.

  • Develop a biomechanical and physiological understanding of athletes, enabling you to analyse the athlete-equipment interactions in sport.

  • Have the opportunity to work abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

  • Enhance your technical, problem-solving and engineering skills and learn to apply them to the sporting environment.

More than ever, the world of sport is intimately connected to new technologies. The global sports equipment industry is valued at £200 billion annually and is driven by new research and innovation. Learn how to use your engineering skills to succeed in this industry.

How you learn

Our course focuses on giving practical experience in techniques relevant to the sports engineering industry. You'll work individually and in groups, learn how to use engineering software and hardware and work on an industry-relevant project. It is led by Dr Simon Choppin, a fellow of the research centre and an associate editor of the Sports Engineering Journal.

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Applied learning Work placements

You complete a major industry linked research project to develop your practical understanding of sports engineering, to gain vital real world experience as well as improve your employability. Recent student projects have been partnered to organisations such as Adidas, Ping, Prince Sports, Mitre, Gunn and Moore, Eley, International Tennis Federation, International Rugby Board, D3o, English Institute of Sport and UK Sport.

You will also be provided with a significant number of opportunities to undertake additional placements, internships and volunteer roles (across a range of activities). You will be encouraged to develop your own experiences to enhance your career.

Field trips

We hope to provide opportunities for travel and exchange and we are developing a European Network of Sports Engineering. In 2016 and 2017 we travelled to Delft Technical University with a group of students to complete a two-week exchange program.

Networking opportunities

The course is delivered by the Centre for Sports Engineering Research, an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The centre has 35 research staff and PhD students, making it one of the world's largest centres for sports engineering research.

The group has close ties to many different sports companies and organisations and works extensively to enhance elite performance across many sports through its role as an English Institute of Sport research and innovation partner. Many of our alumni now work in the Sports Engineering industry, by joining our course you get access to our large alumni network.


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