Research course

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) or a master’s degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Our world-leading School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is renowned for fundamental and applied research which supports knowledge advancement and informs the practice of organisations worldwide.

We have extensive links and research contracts with industry and education partners, and with sport and health organisations. Together, our research activity encompasses a broad range of social and natural sciences within the themes of:

  • performance in sport
  • lifestyle for health and wellbeing
  • participation in sport and exercise.

Our staff are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world. 100% of our research impact was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and we have been ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects for the fourth year in a row by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020). Our research and our academics also regularly see us making headlines and appearing in the media, such is our prominence in the fields of health, sport, exercise and biomedical science.

We have extensive state-of-the-art facilities, including within the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine – East Midlands (NCSEM-EM), to give you advanced skills and techniques to conduct leading research. Our facilities cover:

  • physiology, nutrition and biochemistry
  • psychology
  • human biology
  • sports policy and management
  • physical activity and health
  • biomechanics
  • physical education

Our expertise, combined with ongoing investment in buildings, laboratories and equipment make our School a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment in which to undertake your research.

Information for international students

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for a list of research degree funding options.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 226323