Research course

Sport & Exercise Sciences

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Research

Entry requirements

First or upper 2nd-class degree in a relevant subject area (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Within the group, funding has been secured from a variety of sources including a range of prestigious research councils and charitable foundations, the European Commission, the European Social Fund, the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland) and from commercial partners through Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology (CAST) studentships and fully funded studentships.Research within SESRI encompasses three distinct fields: physical activity and health; the social sciences of sport; sports science and medicine. Research in these fields is conducted within 3 discrete research centres.

Department specialisms

Sociology of Sport; History of Sport; Gender and Sport; Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Medicine; Rehabilitation Biomechanics; Motor Learning; Sports Psychology.

Information for international students

International students should visit the university's website ( or contact the university and ask to be sent an international student handbook.

Fees and funding

A number of funded scholarships are available across the University each year for PhD projects. Applications for studentships will be considered on a competitive basis with regard to the candidate's qualifications, skills, experience and interests.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Further details of qualification

Students enrol on a programme of work leading to the degree of PhD or MPhil. Award of the degree is subject to academic progress which is assessed formally throughout the 2-6 year study period, including by formal examination following submission of the thesis.

Course contact details

Prof Gareth Davison
+44 28 9036 6664