Research course

Sport Science

Canterbury Christ Church University · Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure

Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. Holders of other qualifications are welcome to apply.


Months of entry

January, October

Course content

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Department specialisms

The Department’s research is recognised as reaching international standards of excellence, with the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rating the majority of research activity as being of international quality. The key research focus for the Department is Clinical Exercise Science, Human Performance and Policy, Politics & Education. In addition, the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR), which works to develop collaborative research across and outside the University, and SportsLab, an applied sports performance research and consultancy unit, are based in the Department. Research in clinical exercise science and human performance is served by a well-equipped laboratory with a thriving community of research active staff and research students. Across policy, politics and education, staff are active in national (e.g. Leisure Studies Association, British Sociological Association) and international (e.g. European Association of Sport Management, International Society of Sport Psychology) organisations and have an extensive record of publication in the social psychology, sociology, policy and management of sport, tourism and leisure. The Journal of Sport & Tourism (published by Taylor and Francis) has its Editorial Office in the Department. There is a thriving MPhil/PhD research culture within the Department and most research students have presented their work at international conferences with many publishing in international journals. Those interested in research in these areas should contact Dr Ian Wellard ( in the first instance.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students. Find more information here.

Fees and funding

Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School holds an annual scholarship competition. Details can be found here.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
full time
24 months
part time
36 months


distance learning
60 months
part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Graduate School/Dr I Wellard
+44 (0)1227 2701