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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Sport and Exercise Science

MSc by Research

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Course length
2 Years
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Course overview

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

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Start date Course code Fee (UK)
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October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC
October 2026 TBC TBC

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Our postgraduate research students cultivate a diverse set of skills that are highly valued in the UK and internationally, preparing them for successful careers within academia and beyond. 

As a postgraduate research student at UoG, you’ll develop and refine a range of skills across research, academic practice, project management and critical analysis to equip you for your future. Whether it’s contributing to ground-breaking academic research or applying problem-solving skills in the workplace, we’ll ensure you’re ready to take on your next challenge. 

This versatility opens doors to opportunities across various sectors, from education and research institutions to commercial organisations and NGOs, where you’ll have the confidence to apply your researcher skills and develop innovative solutions to meet your ambitions. 

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With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

Get in touch to find out how we can support your research interests by emailing

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High performance sport science laboratories, including large environmental chamber

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

Simon Fryer

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

Ben Humphrys, MSc Sports Strength and Conditioning


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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