Sport Leadership, Education and Society (MA or MSc by Research/ MRes/ PhD)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

The impact of the research undertaken in the sport and exercise sciences on sports performance, people, policy and practice was rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

The School of Sport and Exercise is one of the largest providers of higher education in sport and exercise science in the UK. The school plays host to a vibrant academic community where creative research comes together with cutting-edge scholarship to facilitate the needs of partners from business, community, education, government and voluntary organisations.

The school is located at the purpose-built Oxstalls campus on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester and provides excellent facilities for research, networking and professional development. Research students benefit from research laboratory spaces and dedicated learning resources.

For all higher degrees by research (i.e., MA or MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD), candidates are required to investigate an approved topic that will result in an independent and original contribution to knowledge, and to demonstrate, by thesis, an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen topic area.

All research students are required to complete the university’s Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. Research students may study other postgraduate modules in line with their specific programmes of study and develop areas of expertise.

Research Areas:

Research in the area includes nationally and internationally funded projects working with communities, governing bodies and international research teams, offering the opportunity to work with researchers embedded in global research communities.

A well-established research culture greets incoming students who join a large community of postgraduate scholars and a thriving research environment. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at local, national and international conferences and via internal events.

Research areas include:

  • physical activity and wellbeing
  • sport, spirituality and religion - communities, pedagogy and participation
  • sport philosophy and ethics

Entry requirements

  • MA or MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent


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Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Staff Profile

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

"Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care."


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Excellent links with major national and international sports agencies

Supporting supervisors and strong peer support from the university community.

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Research-active staff team with wide and varied academic and practitioner experience

A well-established research culture with a range of opportunities, form working with elite teams to governing bodies

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Access to excellent laboratory space and cutting edge equipment

The School of Sport and Exercise is one of the largest providers of higher education in sport and exercise science in the UK

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