Research course

Sports Science

Swansea University · Sports Science
MPhilPhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

The entry requirements is a first or upper second class honours degree in Sports Science or similar relevant science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

With our flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research.

Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.

Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:

  • Elite Sports Performance
  • Exercise Medicine and Health

Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.

Recent PhD theses supervised in the area of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University include:

  • Influence of recovery modalities on neuromuscular and endocrine function in professional rugby players
  • Athlete monitoring and athlete preparation
  • The effect of commando joes' school-based military fitness intervention on children's physical activity levels, behaviour, attendance and academic achievement
  • Glycaemic, metabolic and hormonal responses to resistance exercise in type 1 diabetes
  • Examination of the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk in a workplace-based setting: Project Sir Gar
  • Evaluating the effects of a lifestyle intervention programme in the Carmarthenshire region
  • The use of observation as an intervention to manipulate collective efficacy
  • Influence of regular antenatal physical exercise on cardiovascular, haemodynamic and autonomic nervous system (CHANS) function during and after pregnancy

Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University include:

  • The effect of caffeinated chewing gum on salivary hormones and physical and cognitive performance in professional rugby union players
  • Caffeine chewing gum and repeated sprint performance : Sleep vs Non-sleep deprivation
  • The effects of neuromuscular electrical simulation on recovery in elite soccer players
  • Influence of neuromuscular electrical simulation (NMES) on recovery
  • Brief motivational interviewing as a clinical strategy to promote health behaviour adherence in those at risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Examining experiences of interpersonal conflict by Team Wales personnel at major games and championships
  • Construction and validation of an applied scale to measure readiness to train in semi-professional rugby union players
  • The reliability and validity of a three-hop test and a three-step test for estimating lower limb peak instantaneous power in men and women
  • Investigation into skeletal changes in a population of medieval remains found on the warship Mary Rose
  • Development of lower limb assessment tools for assessing the condition of injured professional rugby players with regard to their return to training/play status
  • The effect of 6 weeks of trampoline therapy on lower body neuromuscular variables in children with developmental coordination disorder
  • Variation in lower limb neuromuscular variables in sub-elite under 16 rugby union players

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

College of Engineering
+44 (0)1792 295255