Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

About the Department

The Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, brings together disciplines related to physical activity, health and social work to form an academic community focused on physical and mental wellbeing. We are passionate about community engagement and employability and have many links with external bodies and employers.

Social work student

Research

We provide excellent opportunities for research, and actively encourage cross-discipline collaboration. 

Our established and well regarded research communities undertake world leading research and the department offers a range of commercial services to external clients.

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Courses

Our Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and Sport Programmes offer a diverse range of placements for students in internationally renowned hospitals, community and industry settings. We are also proud to offer experience and placements in our Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation (CLEAR) unit, our Health Clinics and our Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite.

Our programmes examine contemporary issues related to sport, exercise, coaching and sports nutrition through theoretical, applied and professionalised methods of learning. The emphasis is on preparation for employability and development of high performing graduates, equipped with the skills they need to launch a successful career in their chosen field.

News

Premiership Legend Tom Varndell joins Oxford Brookes

22 July 2022

Premiership Legend Tom Varndell joins Oxford Brookes

Premiership Legend, Tom Varndell, has been appointed to a newly created role at Oxford Harlequins as Head of Community and, under the partnership between Oxford Brookes and Oxford Quins, Head of Men’s Rugby within Brookes Sport.