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. Check English language requirements.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

About the Course

The Research Degrees are designed to develop a strong theoretical foundation and practical understanding in the exercise sciences. Practical experiences include laboratory skill development in preparation to engaging in the scientific process, including several extended research projects which are submitted as a thesis. Emphasis is placed on assisting students to extend their research efforts into conference presentations, and manuscript preparation for peer-review.

Key features

  • Access units from the taught Master's in Sport to broaden your learning experience
  • Opportunity to undertake independent research

Career Opportunities

The benefits of a research degree include: entry level jobs, fundedPhD positions, and support roles within professional sport (which often require applicants to have research experience). Employment ranges from elite sport to work within the public and private health sectors, world-leading research in the sport and biomedical sciences and consultancy work within the health and fitness industry.

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

  • Physical activity, nutrition and health
  • Social studies of sport
  • Applied sport and exercise physiology
  • Physical education and sport pedagogy

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
+44 (0)1582 489056