Research course

Research Degrees in the Institute of Sport & Physical Activity

University of Bedfordshire · School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

UK students will normally need at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant science-based subject, such as biological science; sport and exercise science; or biomedical science. Exercise or a health science-based subject such as nursing, physiotherapy, medicine or osteopathy would also be appropriate if significant levels of anatomy, physiology and research methods have been studied. Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

About the Institute

ISPAR embraces a wide range of multi-disciplinary perspectives from the life and biomedical sciences to the social sciences, to seek solutions to the physical inactivity epidemic and enhancement of human performance in a variety of sectors related to sport, education, health and wellbeing. Our work spans the life-course, working with children and young people, often in a school setting, through to adults and older adults within community, workplace and health care settings.

ISPAR’s mission is to lead in the development of translational interdisciplinary research related to sport and physical activity, aimed at enhancing education, performance, health and wellbeing.

The University of Bedfordshire welcomes research degree applications in the following areas:

  • Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing of Bedfordshire Police
  • The impact of sedentary behaviour (prolonged) sitting on heart disease and Type 2 diabetes risk and interventions to tackle this epidemic.
  • The links between physical activity, sport, health and mental wellbeing.
  • The effects of breakfast consumption and omission on energy balance and metabolic health in children and adolescents.

Fees and funding

For information on funding available please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
variable months


full time
variable months

MSc by research

full time
variable months

MA by research

full time
variable months

Course contact details

Research Graduate School
0300 3300 073