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. 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. IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). 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
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.
- Department of Life Sciences; Division of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
- Research Centres: Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER) and Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN).
- Institute for the Environment, Health and Societies – Welfare, Health and Wellbeing Theme
- Join an internationally recognised environment for research excellence – Brunel is ranked #3 and #5 in the UK for sport and exercise research in terms of research intensity and power, respectively (REF2014), and highest for sport and exercise research in London.
- Be part of an expert community that publishes world-leading research addressing priority challenges in sport and exercise, health and wellbeing.
- Benefit from our excellent relationships with sport performance and health organisations in the public, private and third sector, including policymakers, health professionals, professional sport, and local delivery partners in health, sport development and education.
- Enjoy being part of a well-resourced, collegial research environment - all our research students are based in our dedicated postgraduate study rooms alongside academic staff offices and play a full part in the activities of the Division.
- Human performance, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal health research.
- Mechanisms regulating muscle blood flow and the role of muscle mechanisms and breathing in cardiovascular control.
- Respiratory physiology and pathophysiology as applied to exercise, hypoxia and chronic disease states; role of the respiratory system (gas exchange, airway mechanics and respiratory muscle work/fatigue) and its cardiovascular interactions (mechanical and reflex) as significant contributors to oxygen transport and exercise performance limitations in healthy endurance athletes as well as in COPD and asthma.
- Dysfunctional breathing, breathing retraining and exercise in the management of dysfunctional breathing, physiotherapy management of breathing conditions.
- Mechanisms of in vivo muscle-tendon and joint function during maturation in children, young athletes and across the lifespan.
- Reduction of musculoskeletal loading and prevention of injuries in athletes and among people with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathologies.
- Movement and coordination in children and the effects of acquired and developmental disorders in children and young adults.
- Vision – visual attention, visual perception, face perception, visual language.
- Action – motor control, executive control, performance (e.g. dance/sport).
- Plasticity – lifespan changes, acquisition of expertise (e.g. in areas above such as vision, action and performance), neurodegeneration/rehabilitation.
- Sport, health and physical activity
- Sport, culture and wellbeing
- Community sport development
- Understanding inactivity
- Sport and physical education
- Child safeguarding in sport
- Athlete welfare and wellbeing
- Health and wellbeing in the workplace
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
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- College of Health and Life Sciences
- +44 (0) 1895 268161