Department profile

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

Bangor University
2020/21 edition

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About School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

The most recent review of the quality of research in UK Universities, REF 2014, confirmed our well-established reputation for the highest quality research, and ranked us 7th (of 51) in the UK with 100% of our work being judged as either world leading or at an international level.

We have three main research groups within the School:

  • The Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) is uniquely placed to integrate lessons learnt from business, sport and the military to enhance performance.
  • The Extremes Research Group investigates the physiological effects of environmental conditions such as heat, cold and hypoxia and has a reputation for world-leading research that is directly applicable to modules on the applied sport science and outdoor activities programme.
  • Health and Exercise Rehabilitation Group which investigates physical activity for health and wellbeing across various clinical and non-clinical populations and contributes directly to the Exercise Rehabilitation programme.

The School has a thriving postgraduate community of about 45 Masters and more than 25 PhD and Post-Doc students. It is also part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, which supports world-class cross-discipline collaborative research that feeds directly into teaching.

Why Choose Bangor for your Sport Science postgraduate degree?

The School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre taught postgraduate (PGT) degrees since 2000. Over this period Bangor has attracted some of the world's best teaching and research staff who have contributed to the development of extensive taught masters MSc degree programmes and an innovative masters by Research degree programme (MRes).

Our Teaching

SHES is a research-led school within a research-led university, but unlike some other schools in the UK, all our staff teach as well as all being active researchers. They are passionate about their teaching and professional support to students, and all have recognised teaching qualifications or are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

This integration of research and teaching guarantees that masters students will interact with scientists who are at the cutting edge of research world-wide.

This is one of the leading exercise science programmes in the UK and, in my experience of other similarly high ranking programmes, the standards applied are consistent with the best national standards.

Dr James Betts, MSc/MRes External Examiner, 2015/16

Our Courses

The school’s masters degrees cover a number of specialist areas that reflect the mix of research expertise of our staff.

Whether registered for a taught masters, or for a higher degree by research only (MPhil or PhD), we aim to develop your potential as an independent researcher who can operate from a theory-driven perspective and can address both theoretical and applied questions using a wide variety of research methods. This ensures that individuals graduate, not only with a degree of the highest calibre, but with a CV full of research, applied and transferable skills that enables them to excel in today's competitive job market.

The research skills of our postgraduate students are widely recognised as exemplary and they are in great demand once they qualify. Masters and PhD students from the school have gone on to work at other universities; with elite sport teams and governing bodies across the UK and world (eg University of Melbourne, England and Wales Cricket Board, British Olympic Association, UK Sport, Welsh Rugby, England Hockey).

MSc Programmes

The taught MSc programmes have been designed to be flexible and relevant to the individual needs and interests of students, with a strong emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. Within a modular structure students undertake core modules in Research Skills and choose from a number of optional modules according to the programme chosen. Supervised experience, an independent study, and a research project or dissertation relevant to the programme are also undertaken.

The supervised experience module is an innovative feature of the MSc programmes. It is a student-led module that aims to develop the individual's personal applied support skills which will be aligned to their future career aspirations. It also prepares students for the first year of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Supervisory Experience.

There are five pathways:

  • Applied Sport Science (MSc)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology (MSc)
  • Applied Sport Science and Outdoor Activities
  • Exercise Rehabilitation (MSc)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (MSc) - British Psychological Society accredited*

* We are proud to have been the first UK sport science school to gain this accreditation.

NB – Students with British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (ie they have undertaken a BPS accredited undergraduate degree) will qualify to register for the BPS accredited version of this degree. Those who do not have GBC will graduate with a non-BPS accredited qualification.

Dependent on previous research experience and on academic performance during part one of the MSc programme, students on MSc degrees will either complete a dissertation (a literature review) or a research project (with empirical data collection).

MRes Programmes

MRes programmes are aimed at students who wish to gain more extensive training in research in sport, health and exercise sciences and who may be interested in pursuing a PhD/research career. They have been designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the principles and application of research design and analytical methods relevant to their scientific discipline. Students will also learn about the importance of conducting research with reference to ethical and regulatory guidelines and develop their theoretical understanding of research at the forefront of their chosen discipline. These programmes facilitate the integration of theory and professional practice, and throughout the programmes the research process and emphasis on student autonomy of learning become increasingly important.

There are three pathways:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology (MRes)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (MRes)
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences (MRes)

Our Facilities and Location – Sport Science by the Sea

Students have access to state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and the opportunity to study under world-renowned academic staff. These extensive facilities are housed around a beautiful listed building overlooking the Menai Straits. Its specialist laboratories house state-of-the-art equipment for sport and exercise physiology, motor control and learning, psychology and motion analysis. Facilities include: exercise physiology, testing and rehabilitation laboratories; hypoxia and environmental chambers; 3D high speed motion capture systems for movement analysis; a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry laboratory; cell biology and biochemistry laboratories; plus some of the best views in the country!

The university's location between the mountains of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait and Anglesey – one of the prime university locations in the UK – provides an excellent opportunity for students to get away from their academic studies. The school encourages students to become actively involved in life outside the lecture hall, including joining the many clubs and societies on offer and taking advantage of the surrounding countryside. Free membership of our award winning student clubs and societies is a key aspect of the Bangor experience.

MPhil and PhD Programmes

Students who wish to study for a research based MPhil, rather than a taught MSc, will already possess a BSc in a relevant discipline. Study can be over one year full-time, although two years is more normal, and over three years for part-time students

Students who already possess an MSc in a relevant discipline may wish to study for a doctorate (PhD). The period of registration for a PhD is normally three years full-time or five years part-time. Our PhD graduates are held in very high esteem. They are also commended by their examiners for the high quality of their work and the research training they receive here.

Contact details

Taught MSc/MRes Programmes:

Contact name: Dr Andy Cooke
Tel No: +44 (0)1248 388250

PhD/MPhil Opportunities:

Contact name: Dr Hans-Peter Kubis
Tel No: +44 (0)1248 388261

Contact details

School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Bangor
University George Building
LL57 2PZ