Research course

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough University · School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Postgraduate research degrees delivered in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, require applicants to have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) or a master’s degree in a relevant subject, in addition to any specific criteria related to the individual research project.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

By studying for a PhD with us, you will be joining a thriving research community of over 200 Doctoral Researchers from across the globe. You will add to world-leading research that is helping to shape the latest advancements across the sport, exercise and health sectors.

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects for six years in a row by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017-2022), our research activity encompasses a broad range of social and natural sciences within the themes of: sport performance; lifestyle for health and wellbeing; and sport, business and society.

A number of funded studentships across a diverse range of disciplines within sport, exercise and health sciences are on offer. We also welcome research proposals relevant to our wide-ranging expertise, encompassing: medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology, sport management and more.

We have extensive links and research contracts with industry and education partners, as well as with sport and health organisations. We also have extensive state-of-the-art facilities to give you the advanced skills and techniques needed to conduct leading research.

As well as benefiting from the expertise of our academic staff and ongoing investment in world-leading facilities at the University of the Year for Sport*, our Doctoral Researchers are able to take advantage of access to our internationally recognised research centres:

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

UK students
Dependent on start date. Please see website.
International students
Dependent on start date. Please see website.

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

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