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Postgraduate research

Sport and Exercise Science PhD

University of Gloucestershire

What is Sport and Exercise Science?

By studying for a PhD in Sport & Exercise at UoG, you’ll be joining a research community with a strong history of world-leading research. Sport & Exercise research themes focus on three areas:

  • Human movement dynamics
  • Injury prevention and coaching practice
  • Sport, exercise and wellbeing in society

There are extensive research laboratories within these areas which support sport performance, physical activity and exercise for health, as well as sports coaching and education research using biomechanical, biochemical, physiological, psychological, and sociological techniques.

A PhD in Sport & Exercise here will allow you to develop your ability to plan and conduct and evaluate original research. You will work with academic staff who consistently deliver impactful research. This research was rated world-leading and internationally excellent in every previous cycle of the Research Excellence Framework.

Our research, and the work of our PhD students in Sport and Exercise is a major contributor to the university’s research priority area of Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing.

Study style

Research students can study at purpose built facilities, or online, either full-time or part-time alongside employment or family commitments.

In recognition of the fact that no two research projects – or research students – are the same, there’s a flexible approach to supporting you, offering laboratory space and training, fieldwork advice and equipment loans, and access to computer software. You also have access to hot-desk office space and library and ICT support.

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Entry requirements

    • A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.

    • 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.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

    • We strongly encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

Fees and costs

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
October 2023 £5,100 £11,730
February 2024 £5,100 £11,730
October 2024 TBC TBC
February 2025 TBC TBC
October 2025 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

  • Academic research fellowships
  • High performance sport scientists
  • High performance sports coaching
  • Sports management and leadership roles
  • University lecturers, researchers and postdoctoral fellows
  • Management and leadership roles
  • Clinical trials managers
  • Senior public health roles

High performance sport science laboratories, including large environmental chamber

World-leading research staff delivering the world’s only online Professional Doctorate in Sport & Exercise

Active postgraduate research community with a person-centered approach to research supervision


Research students have previously undertaken placement opportunities with the following partners:

  • Cheltenham Town Football Club
  • Forest Green Rovers Football Club
  • Bristol Bears
  • Gloucester Rugby
  • Bristol Flyers
  • National Health Service
  • Chamwell Centre

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