Research course

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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 aim is to increase knowledge, skills and experience in sport, exercise and health sciences through internationally excellent research in the themes of performance, lifestyle and participation. We have extensive links and research contracts with industry and education partners as well as with sport and health organisations.

Our staff are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world. We are ranked 1st in the world for sports-related subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment in which to study.

Our important, cutting edge research regularly sees the School making headlines and appearing on television and radio, such is Loughborough's prominence in the fields of health, sport, exercise and biomedical science.

The establishment of a pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre at Loughborough - one of three regional hubs that, together, form the country's first ever National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine - further cements our reputation at the forefront of these fields.

We have extensive state-of-the-art facilities, which span a range of disciplines: physiology, nutrition and biochemistry; psychology; human biology; sports policy and management; physical activity and health; biomechanics; physical education.

You will have access to these facilities and learn the most advanced skills and techniques in order to conduct leading research.

Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes:

  • Performance in Sport
  • Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing
  • Participation in Sport and Exercise

Information for international students

Fees and funding

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