Research course

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Pursue original research in physiology, psychology, biomechanics or coaching/pedagogy, in highly-equipped surroundings with an innovative, expert team.

The Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Group (SESRG) brings together expertise in physiology, psychology, biomechanics and coaching/pedagogy. Specialists from these disciplines collaborate on projects within four broad categories: athlete performance; recreational-based sport and exercise; health-based exercise; judo-based research. Within this innovative and highly productive research environment we can provide you with supervision in a wide range of research topics, in well-equipped surroundings.

We host research seminars, conferences and workshops to aid knowledge-sharing and you’ll be part of a supportive postgraduate community encompassing many specialisms.

As an indication of activity within the department, here’s a brief overview of our current research projects:

  • Nitrate and VO2
  • Bicarbonate and VO2
  • Stroke volume and menstrual function
  • Visual search and anxiety in sport
  • Visual impairment and adaptive gait
  • Mobile multivariable physiological monitors and sporting performance
  • Temporal analysis of lightweight women's Judo
  • Understanding the coach-athlete relationship

If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & technology Admissions Team
0845 271 3333