Research course

Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Brunel University, London · Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Potential research students are encouraged to contact members of staff in the area of interest to receive guidance on how to write the research proposal. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Research profile
The Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER) includes researchers from the departments of Clinical and Life Sciences, working in the cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological research areas linked to human performance, health and rehabilitation. The centre brings together strong research groups in physiology and biomechanics from the previous Centre of Sports Medicine and Human Performance in Life Sciences that are focused on cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal health across the life span with a number of staff in physiotherapy and occupational therapy in the Department of Clinical Sciences with complementary research interests.
  • Professor José González-Alonso is member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science and was member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) subpanel 26 – Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism.
  • Dr Jenni Jones is Expert Adviser for NICE's Centre for Clinical Practice; Member of the Advisory Panel for the World Heart Federation Global Alliance in Education; Member of Advisory Board of the MAGIC - Horizon 2020 PHC-27 Mobile Assistance for Groups Individuals within the Community - stroke rehabilitation; Member of Scientific Programme Committee for the European Society of Cardiology’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions; Executive Director of the National Institute for Preventive Cardiology, Ireland; Past-President of the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR); Past-President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Cardiac Rehabilitation.
  • Dr Mandy Jones is an academic member of CORU - Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals in the Republic of Ireland and a review panel member for South African Medical Research Council and UK Consensus Group on Acute Medicine.
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Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,121 Part time: £2,060
International students
Full time: £17,200 Part time: £8,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Life Sciences
+44 (0) 1895 268161