Moray House School of Education and Sport

Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS)

This Institute is the UK's largest provider of initial teacher education in physical education and plays a key role in developing the physical education school curriculum within Scotland.

Established in 1999 (and known formerly as Physical Education Sport & Leisure Studies), the Institute for Sport, Physical Education & Health Sciences affords considerable breadth in the expertise it offers: in facilitating and researching both physical activity and elite performance and coaching; the delivery and study of physical education across the curriculum; and the study of sport and its profound impact upon society. Our Institute has both breadth and expertise, the people who can apply knowledge to any number of domains – and demonstrate its impact. We have an emphasis on applied practice, encouraging our students to implement theoretical knowledge and skills in a real-world setting. 

The complexity of physical activity, sport and physical education in its myriad of guises has never been more relevant – as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle or to acquire and enhance expertise. Moreover, the study of sport and the impact of sport policy upon society continues to provide an important lens through which to view our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.

The Institute addresses all levels of education, and all forms of teaching, research, knowledge exchange and professional learning. The Institute is proud to be located within the Moray House School of Education and Sport – but our reach is global. There are significant global challenges which our Institute seeks to address, and sport and physical activity have a unique way of bringing people together and acting as a fulcrum for change. Finally, we have sought and seek to maintain a caring and inclusive learning environment where collectively we strive to achieve excellence – in all its guises.

Study with us

Our Institute provides specialist expertise in a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including routes to qualified teaching, or progression to doctoral study.

ISPEHS research

Our research vision is to create, disseminate and curate world-leading knowledge in Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences. Our research addresses four main themes: human performance science, physical activity for health, physical education and sport.

ISPEHS events

Details of research seminars, conferences and other events held by our Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS).

ISPEHS staff

Staff within the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences have backgrounds in physical education teaching, sport and leisure research, policy and management, physical activity and health and sport and exercise science.