Research course

Sport and Exercise

University of Derby · College of Science and Engineering

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.

Proposed research projects must reflect the expertise of staff within the department so that they can be properly supported. Project topics are usually discussed in detail as part of the application process to ensure that students can be sure that the project they undertake will be feasible and address novel areas of research. Please contact Programme Leader, Dr Charlotte Chandler, by emailing, to discuss your research interests before completing an application for this course.

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, our course has been designed to meet the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) formal requirements for postgraduate research
  • 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

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

Scholarships and bursaries

We also offer a number of funding opportunities for all International students, including discounts, scholarships and bursaries.

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 Charlotte Chandler
01332 593373