Research course

Research Degrees – Sport and Physical Activity

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty Health and Wellbeing

Entry requirements

Typically you need

• an appropriate masters degree or an honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution


• a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits.

You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies, the postgraduate tutor and one other member of the academic staff and provide two satisfactory references.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional Englishcourse which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected sport and physical activity research centres. During your studies you are trained in research methods and complete a high level research project. We encourage and support you to present your findings at national and international conferences to help launch your academic career.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 a year, plus a final writing up fee of £500 Part-time – typically £2,098 a year, plus a final writing up fee of £250
International students

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    30-36 months months
      full time
      18-24 months months
      • PhD
        full time
        24-48 months months
          part time
          36-84 months months

          Course contact details

          Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

          +44 (0)114 225 5555