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Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences


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What is Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD?

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 most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

Our School of Sport & Exercise plays host to a vibrant academic community – where creative research comes together with cutting-edge scholarships to facilitate the needs of partners from business, community, education, government and voluntary organisations. We’re located at the university’s purpose-built Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, providing 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 (MA or MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD), candidates are required to investigate an approved topic that results in an independent and original contribution to knowledge, and to demonstrate, by thesis, an understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen topic area.

Research areas

Research in the area includes nationally and internationally funded projects working with governing bodies and elite teams and academies – offering opportunities to work with researchers embedded in global research communities.

Our academic school has research rated as internationally excellent, with much of its work being applied and carried out in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.

Research areas include:

  • physical activity and wellbeing
  • pre/rehabilitation through
  • sport and exercise
  • sport performance.

Our research in sport and exercise sciences is a major contributor to the university’s research priority area of Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing.

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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 a range of diverse 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

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Oct 2021 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester £3,333 £6,667
Dec 2021 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,277
Feb 2022 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2022 Distance Learning
Oct 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester
Dec 2022 Off-campus - Munich, Germany
Feb 2023 Distance Learning
Feb 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester

Industry links

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.

We have recently carried out applied research for major national and international sports agencies including Sports Leaders UK, Play England, Active Gloucestershire, Foundation Degree Forward, the Football Association, the Laureus Foundation, Vinspired, NHS Gloucestershire, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, Greenwich Primary Care Trust and Greenwich Leisure Ltd, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Work with expert academics and practitioners

Our research-active staff have wide and varied academic and industry experience. You’ll benefit from a well-established research culture with a range of opportunities – from working with elite teams to governing bodies

Access excellent lab spaces and cutting-edge equipment

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

Sports therapy students conducting experiment on exercise bike

Develop your research skills

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.

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