Research course

Sport and Exercise

University of Derby · College of Life and Natural Sciences

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in a related subject. Candidates with suitable work experience in the sport and exercise sector may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

We’ve developed this course to help you make a difference to the lives of all those who take part in sport and exercise, whether that’s at a professional level, recreational level or for health reasons. We have an enviable portfolio of individuals and organisations waiting to work with you across a broad spectrum of sporting practices. We also offer the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant within the department to support the provision of our outstanding undergraduate programmes.

Our facilities provide an excellent research environment with laboratories including technologies such as pulmonary gas and blood analysers, specialist strength and conditioning equipment, and physiological analysis and biomechanics motion analysis equipment. You’ll have access to excellent facilities to conduct private interviews and focus groups. This course provides an excellent platform for progression to PhD level study; it is also designed to be flexible to suit the combination of studying and working.

  • To give you the best start, we’ve mapped our course against the quality standards of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Our course is the only MRes Sport and Exercise to have done this.
  • Our course allows you to focus on a research topic of your choice to support your personal career aspirations.
  • Our excellent, research-active teaching team has a wealth of experience in areas ranging from motor control and learning to sport and exercise psychology – demonstrating our ability to support your research, whatever your interest.

Information for international students

International students should hold a 2:1 or above or an international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 6.0 or above.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for the latest information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Callum Osler
01332 591725