Research course

Leisure and Sport Specialisms

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For the MPhil you should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in a relevant subject. For the PhD you should have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject. If you have an honours degree only you will initially register as an MPhil student. After the first period of study and subject to satisfactory review, you can upgrade to PhD. If English is not your first language you will need a recognised English language qualification at the appropriate level for this course, i.e. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.


Months of entry


Course content

The School of Health and Social Sciences welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in the field of leisure and sport.

Research degree supervision is available in a number of areas within the social sciences and humanities. These include leisure and sport history; leisure, lifestyle and wellbeing; leisure, sport and physical activity policy; and community regeneration.

With the construction of a health and wellbeing centre on the University campus, the school is particularly keen to receive proposals that explore the relationships between leisure, lifestyle and wellbeing.

The School of Health and Social Sciences has a strong track record in research and consultancy in the areas of leisure policy and the role of leisure and physical activity in community regeneration. In particular, it has expertise in the engagement of minority ethnic communities in physical activity.

In addition, there is a vibrant research culture centred on the social history of leisure and tourism.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months
part time
24 - 42 months


part time
60 - 72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903903
+44 (0)1204 903809