Research course

Sport and Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

University of Birmingham · School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in a biological science or in a subject appropriate for the particular project applied for.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences conducts world leading research in the sciences of sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation. The mission of the School is to address one of society’s most pressing needs: increasing the quantity and quality of engagement in physical activity to enhance health and wellbeing. The School was ranked joint first in the UK for its research quality in the last research assessment exercise (RAE 2008).
Research is an essential component of our activity. Because of this, we believe that it is very important to invest in excellence in postgraduate training and research infrastructure, and to maintain an intellectually stimulating environment that supports high quality research.
The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is able to meet your aspirations by offering research degrees across a wide range of areas from exercise science to sport coaching. We have expertise in both the natural and social sciences, and we run programmes in collaboration with colleagues in the Medical School and Physiotherapy, and with professional groups such as the Professional Golfers’ Association. In this multidisciplinary environment, you can gain valuable academic and employability skills leading to a wide range of career outcomes. Supporting your personal employability aspirations is a key focus for all our postgraduate programmes.
Full details our currently available PhD opportunities can be found here.
The work of the School is driven by outstanding research in its core disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences. Examples include: exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, sport pedagogy (coaching and teaching), motor control, sport policy and management; behavioural medicine, and areas relating to sport performance. In addition, collaboration across disciplines allows the School to develop multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research around five major research themes:
  • Active Lifestyles
  • Effective Learning
  • Maximal Performance
  • Movement Rehabilitation
  • Healthy Ageing
More information on these research themes can be found here.
Within the School there is a regular research seminar programme, in which expert speakers from other universities and institutions give talks on their own research. You also have opportunities to present your own research ideas and findings, and our postgraduates currently organise a seminar series to provide a forum for such presentations. You will also be encouraged to present your data at national and international conferences. In addition, each of our research groups runs internal seminars.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days.

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year.

Department specialisms

Human Physiology; Exercise Biochemistry; Motor Control; Biomechanics; Health Psychology; Sports Psychology; Neuroscience, all related to Exercise, Health and Sport.

Information for international students

International students are recruited. Details of the application procedure can found on our website

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months
distance learning
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Details of the qualifications can be found on the website:

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005